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Yesterday, there was a great article in USA Today about mental fitness. It was about investing NOW in the mental reserves you’ll be drawing from for years to come.
We have to be proactive about this. In this very blog, as well as on our website, I’m forever likening mental fitness to physical fitness. Everyone, by now, knows the dos and don’ts of physical fitness – we may not always adhere to them, but we know them nonetheless! If we do those things that are good for us physically, we’ll improve our health as well as our appearance. If we don’t….well, ‘taint a pretty sight.
Same-O with our mental fitness. If we do those things which are good for our minds, right now, we’ll build the foundation necessary to stay mentally sharp later in life.
Read the following excerpt from the article to learn exactly what “those things” are:
Animal studies and rapidly growing human evidence suggest that adults might be able to delay or prevent severe cognitive decline.” says Molly Wagster, who directs research on normal brain aging at the National Institute on Aging.
Possible resources for the brain include:
- Mental stimulation.
- Higher education.
- Leisure activities.
- Aerobic exercise.
- Antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries and spinach.
Here’s a link to the article in it’s entirety: “Want a Sharp Mind for Your Golden Years? Start Now.”
I keep reading about blueberries in relation to mental fitness. They’re easy enough to add to your regular diet – add them to your cereal or oatmeal, stir into vanilla yogurt (then top with granola), or make blueberry pancakes. The best way to do the last one is to make pancakes as you usually do, then when they’re on the griddle, position the blueberries right on top. De-feakin’-licious – and “smart”.
As for the spinach – spinach artichoke dip is sinfully good, if made the right way! (I have the world’s best recipe if anyone’s interested – email me and I’ll send you the recipe. Just a thank you for reading the blog! )
The fastest and easiest way to sneak more spinach into your day is to throw a bunch of it into your tossed salads. I actually have quite a few great recipes for spinach, so if you need any, just shoot me an email. (the addy is at the top, under the banner.)
Have an absurdly fun but safe weekend, and don’t forget to…
Make every moment count double!