Recipe for a Sharp Mind
As a raw foods chef and a brain fitness aficionado, it makes perfect sense that I would come up with a “Recipe for Brain Fitness”. This “recipe” combines what I know about food, nutrition & cooking with what I know about cognitive health. The idea is to provide an outline for an “ideal” day in terms of keeping your brain working at the highest-possible level! Granted, no day is going to unfold exactly like this, so this recipe is meant to be more of a blueprint for what a perfect day might look like from your brain’s perspective, rather than any sort of realistic schedule.
#1) Get a good night’s sleep!
#2) Start your day early with a short meditation and a large glass of water. No caffeine!
#3) Breakfast: one pint of green juice
#4) One hour of yoga
#5) Small serving of raw fruit, nuts or seeds.
#6) 2-3 hours of mentally stimulating work
#7) Lunch with a friend, consisting of a hearty salad (leafy greens, seaweed, nuts, sprouts, and variously-colored veggies)
#8) Post-lunch walk of 30 minutes
#9) A few more hours of challenging work
#10) 30+ minutes of aerobic exercise (swimming, biking, running, dancing)
#11) 20-30 online brain exercises
#12) Light, veggie-based dinner with few or no animal-based proteins. Eat early, at least 3 hours before you expect to go to bed
#13) Social time with your friends/family
#14) End the day with some mediation or journal-writing.
The basis for this agenda is the fact that your brain needs 5 main things: proper nutrition, physical exercise, social engagement, diverse mental stimulation, & sleep. If you leave any of these things out of your recipe, it will probably not turn out so well. Conversely, if you find a way to regularly incorporate all 5 of these things into your life, you may find that everything else comes a lot easier.
Looking at this a different way, there are a few keys things you want to avoid: a sedentary or solitary lifestyle, sugar, over-eating, stress, TV, and complacency/routine/monotony. Too much of any of these and you an easily get yourself into trouble!