Yup, big time. With Alzheimer’s and dementia only one generation away up my family tree, I chase everything that comes across my newsfeeds about caring for my brain.
Here’s the latest, from AARP – six foods that support brain health, and my status:
Legumes, for B-complex vitamins, help protect against brain shrinkage – So-so .We definitely need to add in more, though the humus we enjoy daily at least contributes some
Citrus, for vitamin C antioxidents – Check! An orange a day.
Almonds, for vitamin E, healthy blood vessels – Check! This is my go-to snack. I nearly always have some handy – my only concern is eating too many!
Fish, for Omega 3s – Um, not often enough. Will work on this.
Spinach – flavenoids that slow amyloid plaque build-up — Ooops. I’ve been focusing on romaine for our salads, partly because it keeps so well. It turns up on many other lists of foods that help the brain, but doesn’t necessarily affect amyloid plaque. Will have to add spinach back in. Though in my defense I’ll add that when we eat out, a spinach salad is often my choice – especially the Panera Spinach Power salad.
Coffee, three cups daily have slowed cognitive decline compared to impaired adults not drinking siginificant coffee. – Check, and hooray! For decades health professionals have succeeded in making me feel somewhat guilty for my coffee addiction, so I’m excited to be justified. Plus, I know single cases neither prove or disprove aggregate research, but my father was a daily coffee drinker and my mother wasn’t, and her decline greatly exceeded his in onset and severity. I’ll drink to the difference!
My score? Excellent on three out of six, marginal on two, and pretty much zero on the spinach front. Got my marching orders – how about you?
Hubs and I are thrilled with Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair coverage and the warm reception she’s received for coming out. We’re happy and excited for her, and we hope this helps transgendered persons everywhere find self-acceptance, experience social acceptance, and ultimately reach total equality on all fronts.
Her lovely appearance and genuine smiles sent my thoughts to transgendered persons we’ve known personally – persons without her resources, persons who don’t look “beautiful” in the traditional sense, persons whose bodies make it more difficult for the casual observer to recognize their gender.
So I was especially grateful to find yesterday’s Tumblr post by Laverne Cox, who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine’s issue “The Transgender Tipping Point” a year ago. She congratulated Caitlyn, of course – but then she pointed out many trans persons either can’t or don’t wish to conform to “cisnormative beauty standards,” about which she said the following: “For me it is necessary everyday to celebrate every aspect of myself, especially those things about myself that don’t align with other people’s ideas about what is beautiful.”
That’s what we wish, for everyone.
Stay healthy? Here’s hoping! As we’ve been evaluating our purpose and focusing our writing and marketing energies after our three month break, we recognized that our highest value, what we prize most in life, is health. It undergirds everything else. Without it, none of the things we value and enjoy are possible.
We work hard to stay healthy. We eat a balanced diet, use fresh foods, and avoid excessive sugars. We spend at least ten to fifteen hours a week in some form of exercise, including core strengthening, weights and aerobics. We exercise our brains through staying curious, studying new things that interest us, traveling, learning new dances, working puzzles and playing brain games. No matter how hard we’re working, we take breaks, relax, get out and enjoy nature, and just chill. And yes, having hot sex is on that list.
When we were younger, I think we were more likely to take health for granted. Well into the second half of our lives, we know it’s a precious resource. We’re passionate about this, and we’ll be sharing more about this passion in future blog posts. Stay tuned.
A sample of what we love about staying healthy: Hiking at Bell Rock, Sedona, last January.