How Diet Can Help Prevent Stroke

With 140,000 Americans dying each year from stroke, imagine if I told you that 80% of these strokes could have been prevented.  Well they could have, and they can be.  According to a new study* recently issued from Loma Linda University (California), as many as 80% of strokes are preventable with healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices.

The study, issued from Loma Linda University (California), says that “higher intakes of fruits and vegetables exert a protective effect against stroke, with a significant reduction occurring with consumption of 3 to 5 servings per day.”  Researchers also found that a low-sodium and Mediterranean diet reduced stroke risk as well.  It is important to also note that the study found that a Western dietary pattern was associated with INCREASED stroke risk.
Food should be looked at as medicine for the body, and instead, it’s being looked at as a killer.  We need to learn how to use food to improve our health, not worsen it.  That’s why I created the FOOFITweight loss program in NJ.This unique weight loss plan is built on a foundation of healthy eating, exercise and behavior modification. These three elements combined with Joy Allison’s (owner and renowned NJ nutritionist) expertise make up the revolutionary  program.  FOODFIThelps people understand how to make smarter food choices while understanding the behavior that leads to over-eating and unhealthy diet choices.  Plus, Joy works one-on-one with clients to develop a fun and consistent exercise program.To get started on the FOODFIT weight loss plan with NJ nutritionist Joy Allison, call 1-855-MYFOODFIT (693-6633).

New Study Highlights Benefits of Omega 3s

Joy Allison, a nutritionist in NJ and creator/owner of the FOODFIT weight loss program in NJ, recommends a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help lower the risk of heart failure.

According to several studies summarized in Clinical Nutrition, an increase in consumption of omega-3s and higher blood levels containing omega-3s are linked to a 15% decrease in risk of heart failure.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to any diet according to nutritionist Joy Allison. Omega-3s are not produced in the body and need to be consumed through diet or supplementation. They help organs function normally and can also reduce inflammation in the body and boost heart health.

Foods rich in omega-3s include fish such as anchovies, bluefish, herring, mackerel, wild salmon, sardines, sturgeon, lake trout, and tuna.  Walnuts, flax and flaxseed oil, canola oil, olive oil, and soybean oil are high in ALA which turns into omega-3 fatty acids inside the body. Free-range animal products such as cage-free eggs also have more of the essential omega-3 than other poultry products.

Allison recommends incorporating omega-3 rich foods into your diet before opting for a fish oil supplement. For more information on how to add omega-3 into your diet, call FOODFIT at 1-855 MYFOODFIT (693-6633).

Joy Allison helps clients lose weight through the FOODFIT weight loss program in NJ. FOODFIT is a comprehensive weight loss plan that combines exercise, diet, and lifestyle coaching.

Is Your Weight Affected By Your Lack of Sleep?

Joy Allison, a nutritionist in NJ and creator of the FOODFIT weight loss program in NJ, warns of the dangers of inadequate sleep and how it can affect weight gain and ultimately cause obesity.

Joy Allison cites a recent study released by the University of Chicago that suggests too little sleep impacts appetite regulation, impairs glucose metabolism and can increase blood pressure leading to obesity.

Lack of sleep causes the body to secrete more of the hormone ghrelin, which increases appetite. This can lead to hunger and overeating without compensating with physical activity.

The best way to fight obesity is through diet and exercise. However, adequate sleep is also important to maintain a healthy weight. “Aim to get at least 6 hours of sleep per night or more if your body requires,” says Joy. “Shorts power naps during the day can help fight fatigue as well as fain off hunger. And if faced with feelings of hunger due to lack of sleep, drink plenty of water and start a good routine the next night by getting to bed early.”

As a nutritionist in NJ, Joy Allison helps clients lose weight through the FOODFIT comprehensive weight loss program that combines exercise, diet, and lifestyle coaching.

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Smart Swap Weight Loss Tip

Joy Solliday, a certified NJ nutritionist and creator of FOODFIT Ultimate Weight Management, continues her weekly FOODFIT tips that help dieters save calories and fat by making simple changes in their daily eating routine.

For this week’s tip, Joy suggests replacing coffee with cream and sugar for coffee with skim milk.  A Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar has about 90 calories and six grams of fat, while a coffee with skim milk has only 15 calories and zero grams of fat.  Dieters can save 75 calories and six grams of fat every time they choose a cup of coffee with skim milk instead of cream and sugar.

“When you consider the fact that some people can drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day, the calorie and fat savings can be significant,” she says.  “If the average person drinks at least 2 cups a day, that person can easily shave 150 calories and 12 grams of fat from their total caloric intake.  That’s a big difference.”

The FOODFIT Weight Management Program is founded on the principals that people can enjoy eating and still lose weight. The program teaches fundamentals such as portion sizes and smart swaps so dieters can benefit from lasting weight loss.  In addition to diet modification, the program is the first of its kind to combine behavioral coaching and physical fitness with the nutritional aspect of the program all in one location.

NJ Nutritionist Offers First Program Combining Three Essential Components of Lasting Weight Loss

“As a certified nutritionist and weight management consultant I noticed that there seemed to be three separate services being offered to individuals with weight issues,” Joy explains, “One is fitness, i.e., gyms, training studios etc. and then there is weight loss, diet centers, surgery centers etc., and finally there is coaching, life coaching or other types of behavior modification. However no one seemed to be putting the all these components together into one comprehensive program.”

Her educational background in coaching as well as certifications in personal training, nutrition and weight management enabled Joy to create the FOODFIT program which successfully combines all three.

For many people, weight loss is an ongoing issue. Maintaining a healthy weight requires a lifestyle change, and that is something that diet pills cannot provide.  The FOODFIT program helps participants make these lifestyle changes without deprivation or drastic modifications.

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