NEW GUIDELINES: In case you haven’t heard the new guidelines are for Americans as young as 45 to undergo colorectal cancer screening. This is down from the previously recommend age of 50.
4 Lifestyle Changes to Help Prevent Alzheimers:
Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease can actually start forming in your brain as early as 30? The Today show recently did a segment on 4 tips to help prevent alzheimer’s disease and guess what the number one way is…….That’s right, you guessed it!
#1 is EXERCISE! Not just any exercise, but exercising REGULARLY and at high intensity. This doesn’t mean all of your exercise sessions need to be high intensity as that too can be unhealthy and a stressor on the body. You have to look at each individual on a case by case basis for what is considered high intensity, but you should do some form of exercise 2-3 times a week that will get your heart rate up. Exercise where you feel like you are working at a 7 or higher on a scale of 1-10.
Sleep is #2 on the list! I am a HUGE proponent of sleep. In fact, I think sleep even comes before exercise. If you aren’t getting a solid 7-9 hours of sleep each night than stressing your system with exercise might not be the best thing. Get your sleep pattern down so you can have a productive workout the next day!
Eating right and eating Less is #3 on the list. “Right” and “Less” being the key words here. Our portions have gotten out of control and all those extra calories and fat are stressing on our system. Try cutting a 1/4 out of your portions out of each meal and see how you do – you might not even miss it.
Eat quality ingredients – I still love the 80/20 rule as I don’t think its practical to eat healthy 100% of the time. If you can do it that’s great, but I know if I start telling myself I can’t have certain things my body feels depreived immediatly and I just end up wanting that particular food even more and eventually digging into too much of it later down the road.
So go ahead, if a small piece of dark chocolate or a small piece of some other dessert helps you keep your sanity and keeps you from going off the deep end and consuming more calories of something you didn’t actually want in the first place in order to avoid the one “forbidden” food – well, you certainly have my permission to indulge your craving as long as you keep the portions in check.
It’s about having a healthy balance, healthy head and healthy relationship with food.