Just about half the patients we see in our office classify themselves as overweight and wish they weren’t. Not many are in the obese range, likely because when you come to a place called WholeHealth Chicago you’ve got a running start in being interested in health, well-being, and longevity. Still, weight is an issue for […]
Many years ago, I became exhausted dealing with a friend who ignored my advice on living a healthy lifestyle. His attitude toward exercise was similar to Oscar Wilde’s “I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.” His attitude toward food, especially restaurant food, was that he didn’t care much about quality […]
Q: Is there really such a thing as a brain-healthy diet?
A: Very definitely! And it’s really quite easy. First, let’s start with the chocolate. Have one piece of expensive dark chocolate every day. Of course, you must be reasonable about this. A small piece, not something the size of a Cinnabon.
Then (you knew this was coming) the inevitable five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Select those richest in antioxidants and carotenes: dark green leafy vegetables; bright carrots and squash; richly colored fruit like blueberries and apples. Eat a wide range of the foods called produce, and eat mostly those foods.
At the same time, reduce your saturated fat intake: use meat and poultry as a side dish or garnish. Your good animal protein source is fish, because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids that are especially required for brain health. If you can’t handle fish, take omega-3 supplements twice a day.
Enjoy black or green tea as a daily beverage (high in antioxidants). Prepare foods with extra virgin olive oil, ideally, or canola oil.
Reduce your intake of high-glycemic foods. These are the ones that convert quickly to sugar (glucose). Thus, you’ll phase out refined white-flour breads and processed foods wherever and whenever you can. Replace these with whole-grain foods as well as beans and other legumes.
Eliminate all sources of high fructose corn syrup (this requires label reading). Limit alcohol to one or two drinks a day.
Finally, tobacco smoke is a killer of brain cells. The more you smoke, the less you may realize that cigarettes are turning your brain to mush.