Protecting the mind from decline as we age is something I can definitely focus more on. Here is a summary of a study on this subject:
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease investigated the MIND diet, which combines elements of the Mediterranean and DASH diets. This diet was linked to better cognitive performance in community-dwelling older adults.
The MIND diet emphasizes natural, plant-based foods and limits the intake of animal and high-saturated fat foods, which are believed to have positive effects on brain health.
Here is the link to the article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210921172721.htm
One of the things the study mentions is to reduce butter intake to 1.5 teaspoons a day. Usually when I make fried rice or some pasta, i use like half a stock of butter!!
Reducing butter is definitely something i can do and be more mindful of. My goal is to plan my week meals without any butter and focus on taking butter out completely for the one week.
I think this will help me see how I can substitute butter out and show me it is not needed in what i make. Eventually, I will use butter again but would love to limit it to the 1.5 teaspoon per day or less.
Now it is important to remember there will probably not be any improvement seen right away. For example, I stop eating butter for a week then all of a sudden I can memorize a deck of cards in 10 seconds. That is not how anything works!
A lot of the things from studies you can do to help improve your mind are not going to take effect right away. They are more of a long game to see the actual benefits. I think this is why people don’t take what studies say to heart because they won’t see the benefits right away.
But I am ready to take more of the studies to heart and actually apply what I learn to my life. Hopefully, future me will thank me for starting these things when I did! haha
Wish me luck!