“By age 85, nearly half of Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease.” Whoa! For those of us in our wisdom years, this really got my attention.This quote came from a video by Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.
Barnard shows that Alzheimer’s has become an epidemic in the U.S. The good news is, Barnard points out that Alzheimer’s can be avoided simply by eating a plant based diet, free of animal products, dairy, and processed foods.
Dr. Barnard quotes research from a Chicago Health and Aging Project showing we increase our Alzheimer’s risk when we eat saturated fats found in meat and dairy products and the trans fats found in many snacks, processed foods and fried foods. And a twenty year study conducted in Finland revealed that eating saturated fats and trans fats increases our chances of Alzheimer’s significantly. This is clear evidence that what we eat can help avoid unnecessary, serious conditions.
It’s so simple to enjoy good health by eating lots of vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, several fruits each day, lots of lentils and beans for protein and whole grains. Then add nuts, seeds, ground flax, chia seeds, and avocado for whole food oils that are full of nutrients. And all these delicious, health giving foods are far less costly than the very high-priced animal foods and processed foods we purchase.
On a more positive note, Barnard shared that people with the most vitamin E in their diets had about a 50% reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s. To support our bodies most, enjoy vitamin E from whole foods such as nuts, green leafy vegetables and whole grains rather than supplements. Our bodies easily utilize vitamins from whole foods.
Exercise is always important too, says Barnard, but it cannot take the place of a proper diet.
Bill and I love eating a wide variety of High Nutrient Dense (HND), organic whole foods and especially how that continues to give me the best insurance against disease and unwanted conditions. Having worked with hundreds of people to restore health and seeing everyone improve by changing their eating, I’m convinced of the power of HND, organic whole foods.
Try the following veggie and nut stir fry recipe with lots of dark leafy greens to experience how delicious whole foods are and how your body rejoices in the nutrients they provide.
To Your Amazing Health,
Vegetable and Nut Stir Fry
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, cut in matchsticks
6 inch daikon radish, cut in triangles
1 small delicata squash, cut in half, remove seeds, cut in triangles
20 string beans, French cut
1 bunch kale, torn in 2 inch pieces
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced fine
1/2 to 3/4 cup raw mixed nuts—almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and cashews
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
In large skillet add toasted sesame oil, onion, garlic and sea salt. Begin cooking on medium heat, stir well. Add carrots, daikon, and squash. Cook covered for 5 minutes and stir often. Add cut string beans and jalapeño peppers. Cook until string beans and carrots are just beginning to be tender. Add kale, nuts and black pepper. Stir often and cook until all vegetables are tender.