Today I have a special guest post by Francie Healey. She’s the author of Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s.
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.
writing a book, and a cookbook, for as long as nutrition and health has been a
passion of mine, which has been a very long time. But the seed for Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s, was planted specifically
in a conversation that I had with my step-father a few years ago.
relationship and what he meant to me. My step-father was an important
figure in my life, and when he was very ill, and dying, I went to spend time
with him while he was in the hospital. And although he was very important
to me, I was never sure how important I was to him. In other words, he
didn’t make much effort, perhaps didn’t know how, to connect with me on a
deeper level. That is, until we were alone in the hospital. One of
the things that came up in that conversation was a kind of mutual respect for
each other. I think he really got something about me then, when he was
ill, that I understood something about health and wellness and my passion for
promoting this and sharing this with the world. He was actually the one
that suggested my focus be on Alzheimer’s, saying that it was needed. In
that moment, I felt that he was drawing a connection for me, between what I had
to offer, and where I could begin to offer it. Before then, I hadn’t been
quite so sure, or quite so specific. He helped me focus and motivate in a
way that I hadn’t been able to do until then.
research and explore the topic and when I started to look at the science on
nutrition and brain health, I felt even more compelled to write a book that
would share this education with everyone and also provide good recipes as well,
so that healthy eating for healthy brains was something accessible, understandable
and completely doable for readers.
Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s basic premise is
about prevention and self-care, right now. I think so many of us are
scared of disease and illness, especially something like Alzheimer’s, a disease
that takes away our basic capacities and memories, and our connections to loved
ones. I wanted my book to be a way through that fear, to the other side
of it, into an empowered, educated and action-oriented state with our health
and wellness. I believe that the more people understand about our brain’s
health, or decline, and the effect of our diets and lifestyle on our brains
that they are more likely to make informed choices and have a positive impact
on the trajectory of their lives.
of brain decline come down to inflammation and toxicity in the body and brain.
It’s true, that there are a majority of culprits contributing to this,
many of which we can’t necessarily control right away. However, what we
eat plays a powerful role, and is something that we can manage. The
standard American diet is loaded with high sugar foods, highly refined foods,
and high levels of omega-6 fatty acids (too much creates high levels of free
radicals, or toxicity). It is my sincere hope that Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s can be a way out for people from the
standard American diet, into a way of eating that incorporates unrefined,
nutrient dense, medicinal, whole foods. In my work as a health and
wellness counselor, so much of the process around diet change is about clients
feeling empowered enough to make the necessary changes they need to for their
own health. Part of the empowerment process is definitely about
first and foremost, a nutritional science text, outlining why diet changes are
important and necessary for overall health and the prevention of brain decline.
Secondly, it is a cookbook, which to me, is a way to put education to
action. Woven throughout Eat to
Beat Alzheimer’s, is also a message of worth and self-value. As a
counselor and an author I am always encouraging my clients and readers to
self-reflect and to pay attention to what is nourishing them, and what is not.
This is not a simple task, but an ongoing learning and investigation. To
me, it is worth having a continual dialogue and conversation because we are
often bombarded with external expertise that can be conflicting. I aim to
find a communion between sharing quality research and prioritizing an
individual’s personal experience and inner knowing when it comes to what is
truly needed for health and wellness. Not only that, but this research is
emerging and while I know Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s
is going to be a really great start for a lot of people, our collective
understanding about brain health and overall health as it relates to nutrition,
is constantly evolving.
it has also served as a starting point for me. It is my first book, and
I’ve got plenty more planned! It has grounded me deeply in the research
and the current findings, for which I am very grateful. I am more aware
now than ever about the importance of continual learning, both for my brain and
the integrity of my work. And it is an important area that I want to be a
part of, to help awaken myself and others to the power of our everyday choices;
to be a reminder that what we do, what we think, and how we eat definitely
matters and we are all in a position to turn the tide of illness, to transcend
our collective fears and move into being empowered, knowledgeable students of
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