Monday, February 16, 2009

Let's see how we are doing?


Ok, he has absolutely NOTHING to do with this post but I sure do enjoy seeing him.
I've been working on the Whole Brain Food Plan for most of the time. I've always known that eating some protein at every meal helps my energy levels. I don't get in all the fruits and veggies so I drink V-8 before a meal to try to get in those nine servings.
Here's the list from VB's blog in case you haven't been over there to visit. It's interesting you should go. GO, visit, READ, LEARN..........
Here are the suggestions that VB has listed on her blog. You really should pop over there and look at ALL the information.
Increase water intake.
The brain is mostly water and chemicals. People still don’t seem to understand that the easiest thing you can do to improve mental performance is to drink more water. I’ve seen recommendations suggesting from 8-8oz. glasses to 11-8oz. glasses a day.
2-Restrict calories.
Yes, eating less helps you live longer and keeps your brain healthy by triggering certain body mechanisms that increase production of nerve growth.
3-Eat fish with omega-3 oils.
Certain forms of omega-3 fatty acids make up a large portion of brain matter as well as a major component of brain synapses. Research shows omega-3’s may be significantly involved in maintaining emotional balance and positive mood.
4-Include lots of dietary antioxidants.
The American Cancer Society recommends five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables every day. The best dietary antioxidants include blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, spinach, raspberries, brussel sprouts, plums, broccoli, beets, avocados, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, and kiwis.
5-Balance protein, good fats, and complex carbohydrates.
Have protein at every meal. It balances blood sugar levels. Protein is important even with snacks because it limits fast absorption of carbohydrates and prevents brain fog.
6-Pick your top 24 healthy foods and put them in your diet each week.
7-Plan snacks.

The American Academy of Neurology ( http://www.aan.com/ ) suggests much the same as Amen’s recommendations with a couple of notable additions:
• Daily red wine.
One glass a day for women and two for men may lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure, and inhibit inflammation connected to a variety of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
• Add rosemary and turmeric to your regular spices.
Both are considered to have anti-Alzheimer’s properties. Turmeric has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol lowering properties. Rosemary contains compounds that prevent breakdown of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter.
Also, if you don't visit Suzi Blu's blog site she has an interesting challenge. She's starting to read In The Night Garden and asking her blog viewers to read a chapter a day and then by March 1st pick one chapter and make art in your Life Journal about that chapter. You read a good book, you make art, what's not to like?

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