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Foods for Stroke

By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer

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The word “stroke” conjures up feelings of anxiety and fear even when it has not touched our lives personally.  When caregivers of stroke patients face the reality of stroke and its aftermath, anxiety and fear pervade care. 

Often, we second guess our decisions as we care for others, but the second guessing becomes more vivid when loved ones have acute issues, like stroke.  We worry that we did not give medication properly, stress over small arguments that may have “caused” the incident, and more.

Depending on the degree of impairment after a stroke, our own health may take a turn into neglect as we pour more of ourselves into caregiving.  If we can put ourselves into a mindset that incorporates self care into our daily routine, we will be less apt to dismiss our needs. 

Finding a balance in improving our loved one’s health and keeping our own is a venture into more loving care experiences.  Society is making a shift toward a new attitude when it comes to taking care of loved ones.  As more people become informed about what it takes to be a caregiver, the expectations others have of caregivers become more realistic. 

Television, radio, and publications offer information about stroke awareness and prevention.  Rather than feel overwhelmed with the amount of data available, a caregiver can view the many sources as resources to be drawn upon, a little at a time.  Health tips, cautions, dietary suggestions, and other advice from these resources can be incorporated into the family structure to make everyone healthier. 

Nutrition And Stroke Patients:

After a stroke, the body begins its process of repairing itself with the help of medical supervision and caregivers.  The amount of disruption a stroke causes varies from one body to another, but all bodies require adequate nutrition to sustain and repair tissue.

Caregivers face new challenges after meeting with doctors and dietary staff who suggest medication and meal changes.  There may be frustrating advice on portion control, spice usage, and fluid regulation that can make caregivers feel as though their homes are being turned even more upside down.

If we look at how the changes can benefit the entire family, the changes we make will create better health for everyone involved.  Even when family members have different health conditions, an overall evaluation of current eating habits against improved eating habits will manifest positive changes.  Caregivers are at the helm of guiding their loved ones toward a healthy lifestyle, and the pressure of having to create different meals only adds to stress.


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