The Mind Diet is a mix between a mediterranean diet and the dietary approaches to stop Hypertension, or DASH diet. This specific diet has shown to help prevent heart attacks, cardiovascular conditions, and stroke. It has also shown positive results in helping to slow down or prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Foods encouraged to eat:
Foods you should avoid:
If you decide to start and follow this diet, this is how your average day may look like: 3 servings of whole grains, a salad and other vegetables, and a glass of wine. Small snacks of assorted nuts or beans every other day, poultry and berries twice a week and fish once a week.
Need a suggestion for what type of berries to consume? Blueberries should definitely be on your list! Blueberries are considered to be the best fruit to help with the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Strawberries are also considered to hold the same health benefits, a close second to blueberries.
The hard part of this diet is, of course, giving up on the bad food. Although you don’t have to give it up completely, your intake of these products should be minimal. Butter is limited to one tablespoon a day. You may eat cheese, fried or fast food, but only less than one serving a week.
Keep in mind that the MIND Diet is a diet for your brain not your body. Can you lose weight while on this diet? Yes, it is completely possible to lose weight on this diet, but that it is not the specific goal with this food regimen. Lastly, what we eat plays a big role on our health, but it is only a piece of a complete prevention plan.
On the MIND Diet, if it is followed correctly, could be your ideal way to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle, but help avoid Alzheimer's or Dementia. Studies have shown that people who start the MIND Diet have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 54%. If you feel that you cannot follow the diet completely that is okay too! In the same study people who partially followed the diet still had a 35% less chance of risk of developing alzheimer’s. Although this specific food regimen is still being studied it has given promising and positive results.