I told my new doctor that my two long-term health goals were 1) to not have a stroke like my father, his brother and both parents had; and 2) avoid Alzheimer's disease which, tragically, struck my maternal grandmother around the age of 65. Now, comes a new book, "The Alzheimer's Diet"(which I will review later) that offers a brain-healthy diet that will benefit anyone who's over 40, has a family history of AD, or is experiencing problems with memory. Here are 11 tips from the book by Harvard-trained neurologist Richard Isaacson MD and Christopher Ochner PhD:
1. Proportion your
macronutrients. Every day, make sure that you aim for 25% of your total
calories from fat (but less than 7% saturated, or "bad" fat); 30-45% from
complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and whole foods that are low on the
glycemic index); and 25-35% from high-quality lean protein.
Wean yourself off high-glycemic carbs. These include sugars,
high-fructose corn syrup, processed cereals and grains, anything baked, ice
cream and sorbet, crackers, salty snacks such as chips and pretzels, and
anything made with white flour.
3. Eat Mediterranean
style. A brain-healthy Mediterranean-style diet includes fruits and
vegetables, lean protein (fish, chicken, and turkey); low-fat yogurt and
cheeses; and nuts and seeds. Stay away from red meat and processed
4. Have more good fat and less bad. Brain foods
high in good fats include: olive oil, avocados, certain nuts, natural peanut
butter, certain seeds, and certain fish. Foods high in bad, or saturated, fat
include: most fast foods, anything hydrogenated, dried coconut, butter, animal
fats, milk chocolate and white chocolate, and cheese.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I'm determined NOT to get stuffed after tonight's Thanksgiving meal, but it's difficult to do, especially when there will be not one, but two giant pans of stuffing to choose from. (My 'wheat free' mantra may have to be modified today.) Every year, I do a slight variation on the same cornbread stuffing theme. Here's the 2012 version:
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am thankful for you!
|Sweet onions and celery sauteed in olive oil and lots of seasonings.|
|Trail mix sans coconut, chopped coarsely.|
|Cornbread cubes (from a Trader Joe's mix because....why not?)|
|Butter, water, and herbs from the box (because, again, why not?)|
|My secret ingredient.|
|Toss together and warm in the oven before serving. (The little dish is the "bites" bowl.)|
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
One of the many reasons I love Trader Joe's is their low, low prices on cheese. This variety is my absolute fave, priced at exactly half the price you'll find at your fancy neighborhood cheese store. Try it with sliced tart apples and a
jumbo glass of good Merlot while you're cooking dinner. That's what I'm doing right now, as a matter of fact. Cheers!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I love to cook on Sundays, especially if we have family coming over. "Family," in our case, means actual blood relatives or close friends we consider family. In other words, people who don't give a flip if I'm wearing yoga pants and pink fuzzy slippers all night. Friends who don't care if I sprawl on the floor after dinner to watch "Homeland" in the double-pillow hurdlers position. For that kind of family, I am preparing a new recipe tonight - pulled pork slow-cooker chili, something I made up....
Balsamic-glazed sweet onions, plus diced Rotel tomatoes, a can of corn, beans, garlic and smoky spices...
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
following the "Wheat Belly" diet (most of) the past 11 months, my lab results were "excellent" across the board today, especially the all-important hemaglobin A1C test which was "the perfect value" of 5.6%, down a whopping .6% since last year's test! All the other numbers, including my cholesterols, were equally stellar. I passed my bone scan with flying colors and didn't even need a pap smear because those are recommended only every 3 years now. Who knew?!? I feel like I just got straight A's....even in Chemistry. Yay for me!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Eternal Blu (an anti-aging supplement recommended by a friend's M.D.) a try, why not stop in and reap the rewards of getting old?