Sunday, August 9, 2009

Food for thoughts

Eating the right food is crucial for SO many reasons. What we eat everyday is really dictated by how or rather WHY we are eating. People use food for a variety of reasons and some of them are not always healthy.  If we are eating for emotional needs like sadness or stress we will eat differently than if we are eating to use food as fuel for our activity needs. (for connecting with your emotional eating check out this article from Everyday Health)

When we are using food as fuel and to better ourselves, we are improving our lives. One way to do that is to eat so we improve our memory.  I am not an old woman, but somedays my mind sure acts like one!  But, I am embarking on a journey that will require me to really be on top of my memory. I already eat a relatively heathy diet already, but I am going to really focus on memory foods to enhance what I already strive for.

MSNBC reports that over a 25 year period, a study of 13,000 women proves that those who eat a diet heavy in produce, had less age related decline in memory. That 25 year study lasted longer than most supplements and artificial additives to food have even been around!! It's good proof to stick to what is closest to the way God made it or how you got it from the garden!! These important foods will keep our body's and our minds sharp! 

Here is a list of some specific foods:

  • Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and bok choy.Leafy green vegetables: spinach, collard and mustard greens, kale and Swiss chard
  • Flavonoids/antioxidants: Berries (all varieties), cherries, black currents, eggplant, red, black, and purple grapes, plums, rhubarb, red onion, red apples, red/purple cabbage, and red beets(See how the list contains bright colored foods! Eat the rainbow, it's these foods that contain some of the highest nutrients!)
  • Quercetin:(an antioxidant and natural anti-histamine): Onions (red, yellow, white), kale, leeks, cherry tomato, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, apricots, apple with skin (Red Delicious), and red, purple, and black grapes.
  • Folic acid: (also known as folate) seems to have a direct effect on memory. Some of the best foods for folic acid include fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas, soybeans, spinach, green peas, artichokes, broccoli, wheat germ, beets and oranges.
  • FISH-- they are our friends! The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week. Tuna, Salmon, Tillapia, Halibut are great! However I would steer clear of fish that are bottom feeders, including some shellfish.
A side note about Supplements from me:

Supplements are just that, meant to supplement our diet. Whether it is a pill, a drink or an energy bar containing supplements remember first and foremost that most are not approved by the FDA. If you have questions about a product or pill you are taking, see your Doctor. In addition, most substances you are taking in the form of a supplement can be found naturally also and can be taken in by a well rounded diet.

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