Common Sense: Genius Dressed in its Working Clothes


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Asian Salad with Ginger Dressing

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve always loved the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote above. I may not ALWAYS remember it, after all common sense can be pretty slippery sometimes. Just when I think I have a good hold on it, there it goes.

When it comes to eating healthy foods, I don’t really have much of a problem. Whether it’s foods that are good for your brain, heart, or any remote corner of the human body – I’m lucky in that I love almost all healthy foods. I’m one of those rare birds that often finds herself literally craving vegetables or a fruit smoothie. The salad shown above is an Asian Salad with Ginger Dressing I whipped up one afternoon when I was just DYING for something healthy and wholesome.

My problem lies at the other end of the spectrum – I also love almost all unhealthy foods! Doughnuts, chips, hamburgers, fries, onion rings, cupcakes… I don’t guess I’ve ever met any of these I didn’t like.

Common sense, of course, tells me that these foods do harm to my body and mind, but it’s an argument I don’t always listen to. It’s something that I am, actually, getting better at and having a goal of hanging on to my memories and mental fitness are actually my biggest motivators.

Common Sense tells us that we will be healthier, wealthier, wiser, and more free of stress if we do the things we know we should: Eat healthy, avoid unhealthy foods, get plenty of activity, maintain an even temperament, manage our finances, work hard, have health and life insurance ( like Aviva Life), and so on.   Being proactive, rather than reactive, sets us up for success.  Actively taking care of the things that should be taken care of eliminates stress and anxiety before they ever have a chance to start.

If you’re lacking in good old fashioned common sense in any areas of your life (eating, finances, health, relationships..), copy the quote above on an index card and place it where you’ll see it every day. It’s a great reminder that the good things in life don’t just happen willy nilly. We have to roll our sleeves up, take the tools of common sense out, and make good things happen.

When it comes to common sense with your brain’s health, eating a balanced diet with plenty brain-healthy foods is essential. Below is a list of some foods/drinks that have been shown to strengthen your brain and even help prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Needless to say, you should find ways to incorporate these foods in your diet as often as possible!

  • blueberries
  • salmon
  • mixed nuts
  • coffee (I’ll stand up and clap for this one)
  • eggs
  • avocados
  • oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers
  • chocolate (standing and clapping again)
  • tomatoes
  • foods with B vitamins
  • whole grains
  • broccoli
  • vitamin C
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sage
  • asparagus
  • olives
  • brown rice



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