The Neuro-Healthy Food Pyramid
Vegetables are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which reduce memory loss and reduce the risk of cancer. They are also rich in fiber, which helps you feel full longer and keeps your digestive tract healthy.
Fruits are rich in nutrients, especially vitamins. Fruit contains natural sugars which stimulate the brain so we can think faster and recall information more quickly.
Legumes contain folate, which boosts brain power. They are also high in minerals and fiber without the saturated fat found in some animal proteins .
Eggs are rich in Omega-3 acids, which support brain health.
Beans contain nutrients, such as B Vitamins, necessary for healthy brain and nerve cells, as well as for normal functioning of the skin, nerves and digestive system.
Oily Fish is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids like omega-3.
Sweets do not contain many vitamins or minerals. So they are called “empty calorie” foods. They are to be eaten rarely.
Meats are filled with protein and have animal fats (such as DHA and EPA) are valuable for cardiovascular and brain health. They are to be eaten infrequently however.
Detox/Fasting – Science has proven that your body repairs and your brain actually grows when you fast, as the shock of fasting leads it to create new cells.
In summary, for “flexible” neurons and agile brain hardware eat more of your nutrients from Whole Natural Foods and Plant-based sources, and less from Artificial and Animal based sources. The brain needs ketone and glucose not meat. Note that many families may not achieve this, but it accurately represents the “ideal” diet for optimal health, and we might as well be aiming at the right target.
Lifestyle factors can damage your brain’s front lobes. Also “meats” tend to make your neurons tough or less elastic to adapt to new learning.
Start By Building Your Brain’s Hardware –Use A Food Calendar
Fruits: Banana, Papaya, Orange, Mango, Naseberry, Melon, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Apples, Soursop, Cane, Grapefruit, Lime, Water
Nuts & Berries: Almond, Cashew, Peanut, Walnuts, Prune, Raisins, Cranberries, Blueburries, Pomegranate
Peas & Beans: Red, Gungo, Chick, Green, Black, Broad, Navy (baked), Gully (susumber), String
Vegetables: Callaloo, Cabbage, Bok choy (pak choi), Lettuce, Peppers, Thyme, Escallions, Ginger, Onion, Garlic, Mint, Parsley, Cucumber
Ground Provisions: Yam, Green Banana, Pumpkin, Potatoes, Beets, Turnips, Chocho
Natural Sweeteners and Oils: Glucose, Honey, Cod Liver Oil, Coconut, Soy, Olive, Oregano Oil
Cereal and Grains: Old Fashioned Oats, Granola, Rice
Exercise: Walking, Resistance Training, Swimming, Sports, Jogging, Aerobics, Yoga
The above table is an example of a Food Calendar’s schedule of weekly meals. Aim to extract more nutrients from whole natural foods and plant-based sources. Please be responsible and consult with your Medical Nutritionist or Dietitian to ensure the correct balance of nutrients is provided for your body type and state. The authors, editors, and publisher accept no liability for any injury arising out of the use of material contained herein, and make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the contents of this publication.