Same dietary advice for yet another disease…

Do you ever wonder how many times and how many ways you can hear the same thing? Do you ever wonder if anyone is listening? I was thinking that tonight as I watched Larry King‘s special Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic. Those who know me are aware of my passion for this cause. I am actively involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and recently lost my dear grandmother to this horrific disease. So Mr. King concludes with some recommendations, one of which is a diet low in saturated fat and high in antioxidants like fruits and vegetables. Let’s take a look at what that means…the most saturated fats in the American diet are from meat and dairy sources. And plant-based foods are your best bet for antioxidants. Does anyone see what I see? Is anyone listening? Eating a plant-based diet will dramatically lower your saturated fat intake and increase your antioxidant intake. These are both key factors in protection against Alzheimer’s Disease. But guess what else, the same advice is given for prevention of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. I’m only asking that you be aware of what you put into your body. Make wise choices, you are what you eat.

Another easy thing they suggest is exercise (same for the others as well). It doesn’t have to be running a marathon but get moving! Diet without exercise is like fighting with one hand tied behind your back. Walk, run, jog, hike, bike, swim, play with your kids or grandkids, whatever makes you happy!

When we hear the same advice over and over, maybe we should listen. Take care of yourself, reduce your risks by taking control of the things you can control. You decide what you eat, each day. You make those decisions. You are what you eat!!! Eat well, live better!

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