Francine Healey, a mental health counselor and the author of Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s, is stopping by today with some advice about feeding our brains. Her advice can be helpful to all of us, but especially as moms. Learn more about her book in today's guest post! Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for bringing this fabulous book to Bring On Lemons! For more information about Francie and her tour, (as well as a fabulous interview I had with her), check out the WOW! blog.
Feeding the Brain
We are in the midst of a great paradigm shift. Our understanding of health and the root cause of disease is expanding. While health concerns, issues and illnesses are extremely difficult for the individual and the community, they also offer us a particular leverage point for looking more closely at the human body.
Our diets have a significant effect on the health of our brains, which will potentially affect all areas of functioning. Alzheimer’s and dementia are only two examples of how compromised brain health can manifest. Depression and anxiety are other manifestations that are even more common and can be just as debilitating.
Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s is a discussion on nutritional science and provides recipes to put knowledge into action.
The brain needs quality fat and cholesterol. Fats provide efficient fuel for the brain, support methylation, and hormone health. Eating quality fats enhance brain functioning in all areas: improved mood, memory and cognition, balance and coordination, resiliency to stress, sleep and restoration, and overall hormone health. Increasing our intake of fats like extra virgin olive oil, unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil, avocados, fish, grass-fed organic lard, butter or ghee and pasture-raised eggs will provide optimal fuel and nourishment for the brain. This is in many ways a direct contradiction to past nutrition advice. However, the diets of the past (i.e., low fat diets, zero carbohydrate diets, and “diet” foods & drinks) have actually coincided with an increase in chronic health conditions.
Returning to a whole foods diet that is rich in healthy fats, high in vegetable content and quality protein, all the while reducing and eliminating refined, processed, high sugar foods will support overall brain health and functioning.
Additionally, adding in anti-inflammatory agents, such as turmeric and ginger, will help to reduce overall inflammation and toxicity that has accrued from highly processed diets and stressful lifestyles. Healthy brains (and bodies) also require reducing inflammatory lifestyles. Shifting stressful lifestyles and negative mindsets by increasing creative pursuits, quality connections, and resolving intrapersonal stressors and trauma all work together with diet to create a lasting, sustainable health and wellness. Long-term health is possible, rewarding, and delicious.
Keep up with Francie and the rest of her tour - here's the calendar:
Wednesday, July 27th @ Mari McCarthy’s Create Write Now
Join Mary McCarthy as she welcomes Francie Healey at the Create Write Now blog today. Healey pens today's guest post titled "Connecting with Readers." Find out more about Francie Healey and her new cook book Eat to Beat Alzheimer's.
Thursday, July 28th @ One Sister’s Journey with Lisa M. Buske
Francie Healey pens today's guest post "How to Eat Clean in Today's Busy World" as she visits the blog of Lisa M Buske. Don't miss this post and opportunity to learn more about Healey's cookbook Eat to Beat Alzheimer's.
Friday, July 29 @ Selling Books
Stop by Cathy Stucker's Selling Books blog for a fascinating interview with Francie Healey, author of Eat to Beat Alzheimer's. Find out more about Francie's book, her writing rituals, her publishing journey and more!
Monday, August 1st @ Android After Forty
Join the lovely Linda Peters as she reviews Eat to Beat Alzheimer's by Francie Healey. You'll love Linda's blog and readers will be delighted to learn what she thinks about this highly acclaimed cook book!
Friday, August 5th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverley A Baird reviews Francie Healey's cookbook, Eat to Beat Alzheimer's - check out Beverley's blog and her thoughts on this excellent new publication!
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Eat to Beat Alzheimer's offers a practical guide and an empowering tool to bring nourishing, healthful, and delicious food into the lives of people concerned about Alzheimer's and other cognitive problems. Almost 9 million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and the toll is rapidly increasing. This book will appeal to everyone concerned about dementia and memory loss in either themselves or a loved one.
Recent research makes clear that the impact of aging on the brain can be reduced by simple diet and lifestyle modifications. The delicious food choices and easy-to-prepare recipes in this book are based on the latest findings showing that they can help slow the progression of Alzheimer's and other conditions like it, or prevent them entirely.
Readers will gain the knowledge and tools to take charge of their health by incorporating tasty, healing foods into their diet. The information in this cookbook will be as relevant and useful 20 years from now as it is today. And the recipes will still be just as delicious.
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (June 30, 2016)
Eat to Beat Alzheimer's: Delicious Recipes and New Research to Prevent and Slow Dementia by Francie Healey is available at Amazon.
About the Author:
Francie Healey is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in Santa Fe, N.M. She specializes in the psychology of eating, helping people with health conditions to develop conscious eating habits and understand how food contributes to healing. Using her expertise to help clients manage cognitive decline through nutrition, Francie educates them on meal planning; the creation of simple, nutritious meals; and other keys to achieving a healthy relationship with food. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling, and is a Certified Health Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
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