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Healthy Tips for Maintaining the Alzheimer’s Diet over The Easter Holiday

Posted by on Monday, March 25th, 2013

With the Easter holiday coming up, many people will be faced with a lot of temptation when it comes to  unhealthy candy and other sugar laden foods which are NOT recommended as part of the Alzheimer’s diet.  Easter baskets are commonly jam packed with chocolate bunnies and refined sugar candy eggs.  Not to mention the pasta, sugary desserts,  potatoes and gravy, and other saturated fatty foods often served as part of a traditional Easter dinner.    Is there a way to stick to eating brain healthy snacks and foods when surrounded by so many unhealthy food choices during the Easter holiday season?

Easter candy not recommended on Alzheimer's diet

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Research

 

According to a recent Mayo Clinic study,  older people who load up on sweets and foods with a high level of carbohydrates, such as desserts, rice, pasta, and sweetened soft drinks, have four times the risk of developing mild cognitive disorder also called MCI.  The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease recently released an article stating that; increasing your intake of protein and healthy fats such as omega 3 fatty acids found in wild caught cold water fish, offers protection from MCI.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota reports that not everyone with mild cognitive impairment goes on to develop Alzheimer’s disease but the stats are astounding when it comes to number of those with the disease.  Nearly 5.2 million adults in the U.S. currently have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to triple in the next 40 years.

“The research field is trying to find things that can help reduce risk factors for pre- dementia problems,” said researchers from the Mayo Clinic.  ”If we can stop people from developing MCI, we hope we can stop people from developing dementia. Once you hit the dementia stage, it’s irreversible.”

Tips for Maintaining the Alzheimer’s Diet on Holidays

Easter treats have sugar NOT recommended on Alzheimer's diet

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If you are concerned about staying on your healthy Alzheimer’s diet this Easter, don’t worry you can still enjoy yourself.  Here are some tips to help you have a healthy Easter holiday; 

  • When you are visiting relatives or friends who may serve unhealthy foods for Easter dinner, but sure to eat a healthy snack before arriving at the get together.  The same principal applies when shopping for food for the holiday.  If you eat a brain healthy snack such as nuts and apples, low fat yogurt with fresh blueberries, pears, or a high protein snack such as smoked salmon before you go to the grocery store, you’ll be less likely to purchase junk food.
  • Offer plenty of nutritious foods at your own holiday dinner or party, and keep them on hand at all times.  Foods high in protein and essential fatty acids, and other brain healthy foods recommended in the Alzheimer’s Diet book should be kept on hand.
  • Avoid purchasing foods with white flour, corn syrup or any other type of sugar, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, or hydrogenated oils which are really bad for cholesterol and brain health.
  • Make healthy desserts with fresh fruit such as fresh organic pineapple rings, or a fresh fruit salad made of strawberries and kiwi fruit.
  • Serve healthy starters to your meal such as almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds rich in zinc, which helps to build the immune system.  Another great snack to offer your guest is dried fruits such as cranberries, cherries, raisons, or dates which are loaded with vitamins and minerals as well as phytonutrients that provide plenty of antioxidants.
  • Offer healthy drinks such as club soda with no sugar added cherry juice, or pomegranate juice.  Don’t forget to offer plenty of water.  Drinking lots of healthy fluids can help stave off cravings and staying well hydrated is recommended as part of a healthy Alzheimer’s diet

A few suggestions for a planning a healthy menu for Easter dinner this year include; fresh spring mix salad, spring risotto, wild caught salmon, fresh peas with mint, fava beans, and fresh strawberries sweetened with stevia for dessert.

There are many great online resources for serving healthy dishes this Easter such as Cooking Light magazine.

Try these healthy Coconut Macaroons for your Easter dinner desert.

Remember that serving brain healthy foods for Alzheimer’s prevention does not have to interfere with your plans this Easter holiday. There are plenty of great tasting healthy foods that will dazzle your guests without using a lot of butter, heavy cream, or refined sugar. To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Diet, purchase the Alzheimer’s Diet book written by Harvard trained neurologist Richard Isaacson M.D., today.

 

 

 

 

 

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit theadplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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