Adopting a healthy stroke recovery diet can help reduce your stroke risk factors and boost your overall health.
Whether you want to lower your cholesterol or give your brain a little extra boost, we have great options for you to consider.
Disclaimer: Before beginning any diet, it’s important to consult with your doctor first.
Great if you want: more brain power
The ketogenic diet for stroke recovery is essentially a high fat/low carb diet.
When done correctly, the diet pushes your body into a state of ketosis where ketones are produced during the breakdown of fats in the liver. These ketones have been shown to be a more efficient fuel for the brain and increase brain mitochondria (the powerhouses of your cells).
And brain energy is something we could all use more of!
Great if you want: to lower your cholesterol or adopt a simple, healthy lifestyle
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet provides very simple guidelines to help lower cholesterol and promote a healthy lifestyle.
To help lower your cholesterol, the TLC diet suggests having less saturated fats, trans fats, and dietary cholesterol as these are the main cause of high blood cholesterol, a major stroke risk factor.
The TLC guidelines also suggest limiting bad carbs, which include processed carbs like white pasta, biscuits, and bread. It can be difficult giving up so much all at once, so remember to make small incremental changes.
Now, on to the good news.
What does the TLC diet suggest you have more of?
The TLC diet wants you to have more fruits (2-4 servings a day), veggies (3-5 servings a day), and good carbs. What are good carbs? (Yes, there is such a thing!)
They’re the unprocessed carbs that are typically high in fiber and other nutrients. Examples include quinoa, sweet potatoes, and legumes.
By having more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff, the TLC diet can help stabilize your cholesterol and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Great if you want: an easy, healthy eating plan
If you don’t want to bother with rules and guidelines, a whole food diet could be your best solution.
A whole food diet essentially promotes the consumption of all foods resembling their original form, and discourages the consumption of processed foods.
What do we mean by original form?
We mean the way things look when they’re fresh picked.
For example, think of a potato. A box of mashed, garlic-infused potatoes doesn’t resemble a potato – and it’s not the best option.
Some roasted red potatoes, on the other hand, resemble their original form – and they’re much better for you than their processed alternatives.
Sure, these are technically rules, but they’re very simple and easy to follow.
Eat things that look like their original form and avoid anything excessively processed.
It’s that simple.
Great if you want: to cover all your bases
(Foreword: Supplements can interact with medication, so please be sure to consult with your doctor before adding anything new to your regimen.)
While we recommend getting all your vitamins and minerals from a wide variety of whole foods, sometimes it can be challenging to cover all your bases.
Supplements, then, are a great way to ensure that you’re getting everything your body needs for a healthy recovery. Some of the most important vitamins stroke survivors need are:
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B12
To learn more, refer to our article on the best vitamins for stroke recovery.
And there you have it! Four excellent options to boost stroke recovery and your overall health.
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Do you have any other diets that you recommend?
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