Friday, November 02, 2012
I love TED Talks...they get me through my cardio and inspire me at the same time. It is such a joy to watch passionate people explain what they are excited about.
Yesterday I watched a TED talk from an amazing woman who has gone from being in a wheelchair (due to MS) to riding a bike in the Canadian wilderness. All in a matter of months. That sounds incredible...too good to be true, I thought. But she did it with an improved diet.
Dr. Terry Wahls' TED talk is here.
Her improved diet includes NINE CUPS of vegetables and fruits. Plus grass-fed meats (including organ meat) and fish. And seaweed.
I have spent my adulthood seeking to eat five servings (half cup) of freggies. Last year I upped it to nine (half cups). Getting to nine takes real attention I have found but there is absolutely no downside to doing this. Dr. Wahls suggest I DOUBLE that and I am thinking hard about making this commitment. After all, brain diseases run in my family and frankly, I would do almost anything to avoid the debilitating brain disease that killed my father.
So I plan to do this kind of gradually. That usually works best for me. If I eat two fruits at breakfast, two veggies at lunch, one at mid-afternoon, three at dinner and one for an evening snack, I'm there. I just need to increase the quantity. I full cup of a vegetable is a far cry from three little slices of tomato on a sandwich.
But if it keeps my brain working properly I'm in.