More research is coming forth showing a very clear link between diet, lifestyle behaviours and brain health. How do we keep the brain young and healthy, support cell growth, repair & live a more conscious lifestyle with behaviours that support our long term wellbeing?
- Drop the Juice – Harvard researchers found that swapping three glasses of fruit juice a week with three servings of whole fruit was associated with a 7 percent risk reduction for Type 2 diabetes.
- Eat off a smaller plate, more often- Researchers found that people who were given larger bowls, served and ate 16 percent more than those given smaller bowls.
- Unplug & avoid multitasking at meal times- Resist the urge to eat or drink while you watch the tube or check your email. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat while distracted eat 10 percent more in one sitting than they would otherwise.
- Shop frozen-Save money on your favourite produce in the freezer aisle, year-round! Research shows that frozen fruits and veggies, which are picked and prepped at their prime, can be even more nutritious than the fresh stuff. Just steer clear of anything with added sugar, syrup, or sauces.
- Spice it up- Piperine, the compound that gives pepper its distinct taste, may also have the profound ability to interfere with the formation of new fat cells—a reaction known as adipogenesis, resulting in a decrease in waist size, body fat, and cholesterol levels.
- Lower the GI of carbs naturally: A series of studies printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding a heaping teaspoon cinnamon to a starchy meal (like your morning oats) may help stabilise blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes that can lead to hunger, cravings and weight gain.
- Avoid soy products unless it is fermented soy. Soy promotes oestrogen production in men and women and high levels of this hormone are known to cause cancer. Sugar, lack of oxygen and high acid environments are also known to feed cancer cells. Lower the pH of your system by eating your greens, cutting out sugars, reduce coffee, limit alcohol and combine protein consumption (higher acidity levels) with veggies (lower acidity levels) to keep the gut pH in balance.