Exploring the “mind” diet

Getting our Mind right

You said what? Do you find yourself forgetting what you said or when you said it? The MIND diet can turn back your brain clock! The MIND (Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) Diet was established in 2015 and studies are ongoing to determine its effectiveness in cognitive decline. It is a blend between the Mediterranean diet and the Dash Diet. This is NOT about losing weight but rather, improving brain health. (Plus for me, no red meat is included…so that is right up my alley!) My son lured me to the vegetarian lifestyle in 2015 and I have never turned back.

Brain 2.0 (who doesn’t want a better brain?)

As I was back at the Neurologist again last week for the migraines (that will be a whole other story!), my doctor started talking about the MIND diet (The whole time she was talking, I was thinking…didn’t someone tell me about this already… turns out that someone was her…at my previous appointment). Yikes, I need a brain reboot. Chemo definitely produces a brain fog that doesn’t seem to go away.

Put yourself in the driver’s seat!!

“Baby, you can drive my car!”

When reviewing this WOE (way of eating) I can see that it is easy to tailor for your lifestyle! I have decided to put myself in the driver’s seat in improving my brain health. I purchased Mind Diet Book on Amazon (The Mind Diet for Beginners) and checked another out from the library called The Mind Diet by Maggie Moon

Wait, what is it??

I am a visual leaner, so included a graph below to share the basics with you. I like Maggie Moon’s simple plan of counting up points for eating items from the approved list. So, rather than and all or nothing approach, we could focus on adding healthy items to our diet and track the points of healthy eating for the week. I love a good habit tracker, so this is perfect! The benefit of the diet is that it can improve cognitive function and lower brain age by 7 years!!

From the Mind Diet by Maggie Moon

My Focus will be adding leafy greens and nuts

My focus will be adding cashews, walnuts, almonds, Pistachios, Macadamia Nuts, and Pecans. The Plan-bag them all on Sunday for the week in neat child-sized portions. During the bagging process today, I did observe that 1/4 cup of each nut is like absolutely nothing!! I will need to visualize this as taking a nut vitamin! (You’ll also see some Goji Berries and Dates from Down to Earth in the picture below) I was in Down to Earth browsing their goodies and realized I had never tried Goji Berries…verdict: tasty!

Portion size matters! I can easily eat a whole can of Blue Diamond Wasabi Almonds, however, my waist suggests that is a bad idea.

I don’t have a fancy kitchen scale but…I found this…”A one-ounce serving of nuts greatly differs. The following equal one ounce: 24 almonds, 18 medium cashews, 12 hazelnuts or filberts, 8 medium Brazil nuts, 12 macadamia nuts, 35 peanuts, 15 pecan halves and 14 English walnut halves”-The Cleveland Clinic

The MIND Diet does not suggest peanuts though…*sigh*…Mr. Peanut is probably rolling over his grave.

Nut servings for two-for the week

Today’s purchase of Kale and Bok Choy

Kale and Bok Choy

Measuring Results?

I started looking up tests on the Internet…and it looks like they want big $$ to take them. My measure will be how many times, the kids say, you already told me that!

My Mom shared that 23andMe has a Cognitive test, but when I went there…I ended up focusing on the fact that that I really dislike chewing noises. I can confirm this…Thanks 23andMe

Join me!

I’ll keep you posted on the progress and whether this is a sustainable way of eating!! This is my April project!!!