So, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, but I’m still getting those 10,000 steps most days. Not a lot of leisurely strolls, sunrises and sunsets anymore, because of a new job, but this job keeps me walking. If I am mindful about it, I can get 10,000 steps and 10 flights of stairs while I’m at work. Not as esoteric, but practical.
Lately, I’ve been trying to address nutrition in addition to getting 10,000 steps a day. It’s got to be addressed. God knows, I love a good Paula’s donut as much as anyone, but I’ve got to clean up my act and get on board with a healthy life plan.
Luckily there are many books, websites and resources that are helping me on my new journey.
Here are a few of the books I’ve been reading:
Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman. This book outlines a healthy eating plan that eliminates processed foods, dairy, gluten, and other unhealthy foods and fats. He makes the case for eating good fats, such as eggs, nuts, avocados, coconut oil and others, and also getting plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. He explains the science behind this approach.
As someone who has wandered down the fat-free path more than once, eating more healthy fats sounds yummy to me. Dr. Hyman also proposes that processed foods fall way short on nutrition that our bodies need and should be replaced by cooking at home with fresh, whole ingredients.
Acknowledging that home cooking can be challenging in many different ways, he also offers a companion cookbook, The Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook. I have tried many of his recipes and they are easy, for the most part, and taste really good. I recommend the Asian Ginger Shrimp with Creamy Almond Dipping Sauce on page 315. It’s really delicious and quick to put together.
The End of Alzheimer’s by Dr. Dale Bredesen. This book has just recently come out. It contains groundbreaking research on reversing Alzheimer’s Disease. Until now, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has been basically a death sentence. A relentless progressive cognitive decline with no hope of cure. But, Dr. Bredesen’s study did reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s for 9 out of 10 of the patients that he put on his protocol.
The protocol is a multi-pronged approach, addressing nutrition, exercise, hormone balance, treating underlying conditions and diseases, among many things. Truthfully, I am only midway through the book right now, wading through the science, but already I can see that there are things we can take from this research to apply now, preventatively.
Dr. Bredesen addressed nutrition with his patients by eliminating all processed foods, all sugar, all grains. It’s basically just vegetables, some low sugar fruits, low-mercury fish, some organic, grass fed meats. It’s a little spartan and hard to stick to, especially here in the land of processed, sugary everything. But I’m trying it in the interest of prevention. He also recommends yoga, meditation and 30 minutes of exercise 4 days a week. I will try to add those as much as I can.
I’m 61. I don’t have a diagnosis of Alzheimers, thank God, but I’ve noticed the cogs slipping every so slightly as I age. I search for words that used to effortlessly flow, once in a while I leave pots boiling on the stove, and I frequently stand in rooms trying to remember why I went there. It makes sense to me to try to preserve what I’ve got, and maybe even improve a little. You can find Dr. Bredesen’s protocol here.
In the interest of pursuing an unprocessed life, I also came across the Eating Rules October Unprocessed Challenge. Andrew Wilder started his Eating Rules website and October Unprocessed Challenge many years ago. His website has grown to include recipes, guest bloggers, resources, menus, and support. There’s also a list of unprocessed choices at well known restaurants. I sign up every year for the challenge.
Andrew asks that everyone who accepts the challenge give up unprocessed food just for the month of October. The accompanying October Unprocessed public Facebook page is a busy place of cameraderie, support and recipe sharing for those that take the pledge.
So, that’s where I’m at right now, getting nutrition under control, continuing to get 10,000 steps even if it is at work instead of out in nature, and just generally trying to be proactive about my health as I age. We get older no matter what we do, so why not try to be the best we can be?