Healthy Lifestyle….Memory Tips!


After a full night’s sleep your brain is in need of replenishment.  Having breakfast refuels your brain by supplying the energy and proper nutrition it needs.  Eating a healthy breakfast is like throwing some small twigs on a fire to get those mental flames rising again.  If you toss a log on the embers you’re going to kill the fire.  In the same way, a healthy breakfast (I recommend beginning with a cleansing fruit) will stoke your metabolism and prevent your from feeling famished later in the day, forcing you to toss a big old log on the fire when you pig out at lunch. 

With a little advance planning you can have a healthy, whole-foods breakfast ready in minutes.  That’s going to give you a better start to your day and help you to be more productive.  It’s the foundation, the cornerstone, for the rest of your day.


Marilu Henner, Total Memory Makeover

Healthy Lifestyle….Memory Tip !


Fiber is an integral part of food digestion and helps make sure your brain gets the nutrients it needs.  With the proper amount of fiber in your diet your brain works faster and is able to focus better.  Fiber helps increase brainpower, mood, memory, and attention by providing the brain with the nutrients that start antioxidant actions.  This process helps to prevent dementia, Alzheimer’s, and overall degeneration of the brain.  Sutdies have shown that cognitive performance was improved in people with high-fiber diets that were low in sugar and refined flour. 


Marilu Henner, Total Memory Makeover

Healthy Lifestyle…Memory Tip !


It’s no surprise that people who live a healthy lifestyle have better cognitive function, and of course, better memories.  (And very likely a lot of HAPPY memories as well.)  It’s also no surprise that Marilu is very active in both of these arenas.  This week, in honor of Marilu’s memory class in the member’s area we’re going to share some of her best healthy tips from her new book  bestselling book, TOTAL MEMORY MAKEOVER.



Antioxidants help protect your brain cells and keep mental functioning at a high level.  Fruits, especially citrus fruits, and many vegetable are antioxidant rich.  Eat more oranges, bananas, apples, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, mangoes, kiwis, and blueberries.   In order to balance free radicals in the body it is important to eat foods rich in antioxidants since these help reduce the damage of oxidatve stress in the brain. As we age the natural antioxidants produced by our body tend to decrease, and this increases the risk for more memory-related problems, diseases, and age-related issues. 



Cabbage is a healthy and versatile vegetable.  There are so many things you can do with this from making vegetarian cabbage rolls, sauteeing it as the main ingredient in a pasta dish, shredding it for cole slaw or in a salad, adding it to soups or making vegetarian colcannon. 

A cup of cabbage contains only 22 calories but packs a nutritional wallop.  It’s loaded  with sulforaphane, a chemical that increases your body’s production of the enzymes that disarm cell-damaging, cancer-causing free radicals.

Balancing your child’s plate

A recent study shows that when children are given a large portion of an entree that they will eat less of everything else that’s offered.  Of course we’re like that as adults also so we shouldn’t be surprised. 

If you’d like your child to eat more vegetables then decrease the amount of other foods on the plate.   You can read the entire article here:

While we don’t agree with the recommended servings mentioned in this article (meat, dairy etc.) there is some excellent advice regarding the presentation of your child’s food, and most especially the example your setting with the balance of options on your own plate !

Improve your health and put money in your pocket

We’re always talking about how much money you can save by choosing a healthier lifestyle.  This clip from gives you some specific advice on how to do this.  Members will recognize much of this information from our January class. 

 While we don’t agree with their take on oils (they mention only two as acceptable and the Total Heatlh Makeover is more inclusive than that) the other information here is well worth viewing.   I suppose you might say that you could “take it to the bank.” 

Along with better tasting foods, more energy, a kinder approach to the environment, and spending less on over the counter meds and doctor visits, a healthy lifestyle saves you money at the check out line.  Immediate gratification.  What can YOU do with the money you save?

Plant based diets hailed as lifesavers!

There have been some amazing stories in the spotlight lately about plant based diets and their healing properties.  Most notably President Clinton has shared the benefits of embracing veganism. 

You don’t need to jump in with both feet today to begin to experience these benefits.  But you COULD start taking some baby steps towards better health beginning right now. 

Take a few minutes to read these testimonials recently published in VegNews, and also citing one of our favorite organizations, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

If you’ve had success with a plant based diet in your own life we’d love to hear from YOU !

Meatless Monday

Have you been thinking about going meatless one day a week?  Would you like to join in on Meatless Mondays?

Here’s an interesting article discussing the trend…and giving a shout out to !!

There’s some great information in there to help you make a decision about what’s right for you.

Healthy Couponing

With the rise in coupon clipping, and the reality shows dedicated to the practice, those of us who purchase very few packaged goods can feel left out of the current trend.  And a little disappointed to miss out on the savings at check out.  This article will give you some insight (and websites) for saving on healthy purchases.  We especially love that when tip number 5 talks about “milk products” they’re referencing non dairy items !

Be sure to check this one out !

E-Coli Ban

In the interest of knowing what’s going into your food we’re sharing this article from Reuters.  Not everyone will be surprised by this information but everyone will be able to learn something from it.  This community is here to help people make the best choices.  We’re not about adhering to any principles 100% of the time.  The pursuit of perfection can be deadly.  But know all you can in order to make the best choices for you.

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