Dear Annette

Dear Annette

AnnetteDoodyAnnette Doody
Savory Bistro Owner & Wellness Coach

Fall classes are progressing and my kids have a demanding schedule. Is it true that food can affect how they perform in school?

Dear Reader:
The new research proves that this is truer than we could have ever imagined. We focus on food for physical health but it may be even truer for mental and cognitive health. Our brains use 20-30 percent of all our calories. Calories from processed and fried foods hurt the brain, calories from whole foods feed it. The research shows brains can heal and change. Good diet, exercise and reduction of toxins is key.

Researchers like Dr. Daniel Amen are leading the charge on how the foods we eat affect mood, depression, cognitive ability, memory, and overall brain function. As it turns out what is good for the heart and body is also good for the brain. Clean whole food, exercise (both mental and physical). The biggest news is we can shape and change our brains. This is very new and exciting research.

The thing that bothers me the most is when I hear parents say “my kids are picky eaters” and they have a diet of soft drinks, high sugar, and processed foods. Kids are adaptable and can be taught to eat healthy; it must be modeled and encouraged. Their little brains do not have a chance and they certainly will not be working on full potential without healthy foods. Once again the number one thing you can do for your brain for development and healthy aging is to get off processed and fried foods.

So how do I feed my brain?

The research is clear, processed sugar is a big culprit for depression and overall brain health. Based on the latest research here are some of the best foods for your brain health:

Chicken (lean protein)
Salmon (oily fish)

Sincerely yours,

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