Thursday, February 21, 2008

Reduce your Stroke Risks by Eating Green

The rate of middle-aged women ( age 35-54) having strokes has tripled in recent years according to a study presented at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans. The increase has been tied to an increase in belly fat in women. Women's stomach sizes have grown by two inches in just a ten year period. Hmmm. Could it be a result of all of the animal fat, sugar and supersized portions we are eating? (Muffins are as big as grapefruits these days) Or perhaps its the fact that we can't go anywhere without driving? Or maybe because we are just too exhausted to work out- at anytime over the course of seven days? Ladies,please wake up. Thirty-five years old and a stroke victim? We are experiencing cancers, strokes, diabetes and heart disease at younger ages. We die from these diseases at higher rates. Children are now beginning to suffer from adult oriented diseases.

One of the physical benefits of living a greener life is that you improve your chances of living a healthier, longer and happier life. Replacing more of your meats with plant based choices, buying local produce and whole grain baked goods from the farmer's market, eating and buying foods that you actually need and walking instead of driving short distances, will not only shrink your impact on the earth, but your waistlines as well.

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