Friday, 24 March 2017

Goal #1: Reducing Saturated Fat Intake

Your basic goal will be to lower the amount of saturated fat in your diet to 8 to 10 percent of your total calories.

You should:
Avoid whole milk; try skim or nonfat instead.
No eat fatty cuts of meat; try leaner cuts and fish.
Not eat chicken or turkey with the skin still on.

Goal #2: Cutting Down on Fats Overall

Keep calories from all fats to less than 30 percent of your daily calorie intake.

This may mean:
Learning new ways of cooking, such as baking or broiling, instead of frying
Using low-fat or fat-free salad dressings
Avoiding high-fat additions to foods — for instance, butter and sour cream on your potatoes
Using small amounts of spreads such as margarine

Goal #3: Cutting Back on Cholesterol

Keep your cholesterol intake to below 300 milligrams a day. Here’s how:
Cut back on meat and dairy products.
Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Avoid egg yolks and liver.

Goal #4: Cutting Back on Salt

Hypertension is a risk factor for stroke — and salt is directly related to high blood pressure. One way to help reduce your risk of stroke is to keep your salt intake to less than 2,400 milligrams a day. Try using other kinds of salt-free seasonings such as herbs, spices, or fruit juices (lemon or orange) to flavor foods.

Diet Challenges After Stroke

When you’re in stroke recovery, you may not have the energy or desire to cook or even eat. Some people find it hard to chew and swallow after a stroke. These problems require your doctor’s help. You might need to be treated for depression or get a referral to see a professional who can help you relearn how to enjoy eating again.

Here are some ideas that might make it easier to eat a healthy diet during stroke recovery:
Plan to eat your “big” meal at a time when you have energy.
Keep bags of washed, cut fruit and veggies for quick, healthy meals.
Try soft foods such as scrambled eggs, cooked whole-grain cereals, yogurt, soup, and applesauce.

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