Monday, September 3, 2018

Taking Care of Your Brain

We often talk about fitness for our body, but our brain is just as important to take care of. While it's shown that memory loss is a given with aging, we can do a lot to improve the brain's function. According to an article in Martha Stewart, Living magazine, diet plays a big part in brain health. Include berries, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help to fight inflammation which can also affect the brain - fish, nuts, olives, avocados.
Other suggestions are to get plenty of sleep (8 hours), limit screen time which makes concentrating difficult and exercise regularly.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Making Kefir

Kefir was recommended to me by a friend. It contains considerably more probiotics than yogurt. I'm going to give this a try.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention

There's been a  lot of hopeful news lately about Alzheimer's prevention/cure. One of the things that has been discovered is that a diabetes drug might help and trials may be completed within 15 years. According to Dr. Richard Isaacson the reasoning behind this is that sugar causes inflammation throughout the body. It is thought that changing your diet, limiting sugar (a high salt diet can also impact memory) and including these foods can reduce the risk of Alzehimer's.

Other recommendations are to fast two days a week for 14 hours (don't eat for 14 hours between dinner and breakfast) and also lower sugar and carbohydrates in your diet.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Food Pyramid

The Biggest Loser food pyramid chart recommends a high proportion of fruits and vegetables per day along with 3 servings of protein foods.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Calories Per Meal

I've been reading some of the Biggest Loser books and one of the suggestions is to separate your calories at the beginning of the day by allocating calories for each meal (3) and snacks (2)

For example if your total calories per day are 1,400 then divide by 4 which will give you 350 calories for each meal. Divide the 350 to give yourself 175 calories for each snack.

1400/4 = 350
350/2 = 175

They recommend if you go over your allocated calories per day, then exercise to burn off those extra calories.

It's always wise to talk to your doctor first to calculate a safe number of calories per day. MyFitnessPal will calculate your personal daily calorie count and it's a great way to keep track of both calories and nutrition. - the basic app is free to use.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Royal Canadian Air Force Exercises Suggested by Helen Mirren

helen mirren-hot body-figure-workout exercise regime-blue Mirren, at just over 70, is in great shape which she attributes to Royal Canadian Air Force Exercises. These were devised in the 1950s by Dr. Bill Orban to be followed when space and time are limited. The 5BX  range of exercises for men can be completed in eleven minutes. The ladies XBX plan is shown here

I also found a web site that has suggested yoga poses to start the day with.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Foods to Combat Flu

I read something recently that listed foods to combat flu. These are all foods we should be eating anyway for a healthy lifestyle.

Sweet potatoes
Wild salmon
Green tea
Chicken soup


Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.