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Can better diet make our brain better? Apparently yes. Get inspired here!

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.
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    Interesting. It makes sense, though.
    2020 days ago
    Very interesting... I don't know if I can do nine cups of veggies/fruits a day, but I can certainly improve on the amount I eat currently. And surely an increase in vegetables and fruit would help my desire to get away from refined sugar and processed foods.

    Grass fed meat is not an easy item to find in my area so we eat less meat overall. My DH says no way to organ meat, but I truly love liver and onions.

    I like the hunter/gatherer concept of nutrition and the idea of whole foods in general.

    My intention is to move in this direction although not completely adhering to what Dr Wahls prescribes. I anticipate that this would provide plenty of health benefits.

    Thank you for sharing, MYOWNHERO. You have lit another Spark!
    2024 days ago
    Fascinating stuff! Thanks for passing it on
    2024 days ago
    I'm in, too!
    I just read a whole lot on how the brain is related to what you eat. Excercise and minimizing stress was right up there for a healthy brain, too!
    Alzheimer's runs in my family and I was first curious on any information on how to help prevent it. The more I read, the more curious I got and grabbed more books from the library. It was all very interesting!
    2025 days ago
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