I got the idea for Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s from my stepfather, John Q. Durkin back in June 2012. At that time, I had been looking for opportunities to write a cookbook. When I met with my stepfather he asked if there was any nutrition, or any diet that could prevent Alzheimer’s, or at least slows the progression of Alzheimer’s. He said people his age, (he was in his early 60s at the time), are very interested in prevention, and the rate of Alzheimer’s has been on the rise. I had never once thought about that, but I felt like it was inspired, as soon as he said it, I knew that I would write it, and I promised him I would write this book. John passed away January 6, 2013.
Eat To Beat Alzheimer's
Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s is a manual for life. It is educational, empowering, inspiring, practical and research-based.
Alzheimer’s, dementia and cognitive brain decline are conditions of great concern to today’s aging population. Research shows that Alzheimer’s is on the rise. In the US alone, roughly 5.2 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that caring for an Alzheimer’s patient costs 41-56 thousand dollars a year. Fortunately, current research indicates the impacts of aging on the brain can be reduced by simple diet and lifestyle modifications.
These recipes are delicious and nourishing for your whole body. The purpose of this cookbook is to give you the knowledge and tools to take charge of your health by incorporating healing foods into your diet. The recipes promote optimal wellness and while they are geared toward improving brain health, they are also beneficial to everyone in the family. All of these recipes are designed with a whole-body approach, rich in nutrition, flavorful, and loaded with nourishing ingredients.
A huge intention of this book is for you to start thinking more sustainably about what you are eating. Our nutrition does have the power to sustain our energy and our health. In addition, as we discuss sustainability consider as well the mindset of flexibility. There is no perfection or ideal to achieve. What is achievable is a deeper understanding of yourself. This comes from being present and deep listening and self-reflection, as well as educating yourself and empowering yourself to make well-informed choices for your own health. That deeper understanding also comes from contrast experiences. Contrast experiences include those moments that we choose something comfortable, or new, or where we ignore our own needs. And sometimes this happens for the best of reasons. It happens for everyone, and it is important to note that this is a huge part of the learning process. If we never try things outside of the guidelines, we fail to learn our own “edges.” Knowing where your edge is on any given day is a valuable awareness to have. It provides us with a working set of boundaries for ourselves, which if honored and explored, builds self-trust and self-compassion, both qualities that are essential for sustaining long term healthy living choices. Conscious wellness is not about following a set of rules perfectly. It is about learning, exploring, and responding to oneself over and over again, knowing when to respect our own boundaries and when to push them.
Living life in a rigid, rule-following fashion regarding diet is not sustainable. Ongoing self-exploration is. Build the relationship with yourself so that you are at the forefront of your own health journey. Be the student of your needs, and the expert of your own intuition. This kind of alignment with oneself is the very core of flexible, fluid, and loving sustainable care.
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