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I’ve been reading up on Dementia and, of course, Alzheimer’s Prevention. I kept coming across basically the same great advice. Most of it we’ve covered to a great extent here as well as on the website (TMFC). For example, we all know we need to add the following to our daily routing ASAP and never allow them to leave:
1. Keep mentally active. Read mentally-stimulating literature and magazines, work crossword puzzles, learn new things, etc.
2. Exercise. Daily exercise is as good for your mental fitness as it is your physical fitness. So we actually have twice as many reasons to stay physically active as we did before.
3. Try to keep stress as far away from your life as possible. I know there’s only so much we can do with this one….sometimes it insists on invading our space. The trick is to not allow it to invade your mind, body, and soul. Stay in control, and if you lose it temporarily – get it back as soon as you possibly can.
4. Get plenty of rest. We all lead very active, busy lives, but when we cut back on our sleep we are doing ourselves a lot more harm than good. We may mean well, and we may think we’ve hit upon a grandiose solution…but, basically, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot with our gun of good intentions. A lack of sleep will ALWAYS catch up with you. And when it does, it isn’t a happy camper.
5. Stop Smoking. This is another one of those areas that the benefits spread across the board – physical and mental benefits are awarded to the person who kicks the nicotene habit.
6. Get lean and stay that way. Extra pounds just make our entire system work harder. They cause all of the bodily functions to expend so much energy keeping us going that they can’t focus on keeping us healthy!
These things we pretty much already know about (of course, knowing doesn’t do a darned bit of good unless we’re actually doing them). But in my reading I kept coming across another recurring thought – Eating a mostly vegetarian diet.
Believe me – my steak, catfish, chicken and hamburger-loving heart doesn’t want to type the words any more than you want to read them…but the experts all agree. We don’t have to cut out meat (Phew!), but we should get into the habit of ADDING more fruits and vegetables into our daily diets while lifting some of the meat. Again, not all…just some.
I think I can live well with that.
Try to start today and make these suggestions a part of your life. That’s the secret with any sort of major change or life re-adjustment…it has to become a part of your life. The only way that’s going to happen is if you make devote your mind and body to forming good habits. Maybe you could even put an index card or note someplace where you’ll see it often. It should ask you something like, “What have you done for me lately? – Signed, Your Mind”
Make each moment count double,