Eating right doesn’t only help keep your body fit, it helps your brain stay fit too!
Plenty of studies show that what we eat has an impact on our ability to remember – and even our likelihood of developing dementia as we age.
Eating healthy is a critical consideration in this high-action era –in which we are staying active in our professional lives longer than ever before.
Many executives hang their “consultant” shingle in their sixties- after they’ve racked up great experience in the corporate world. They rightly understand the value their experience can be for others. How important, then, is it that we eat right? Now and as we age?
I had the extreme pleasure recently, at a TodayFM business event I spoke at, to meet an Irish food scientist who is putting his business where our mouths are.
Dr. John Collier launched “Life Kitchen” after his father died and he realized the pre-packaged meals his now-alone mom was buying at the grocery stores, were, quite frankly, crap.
“I could see a decline in my mother,” John told me. “She wasn’t looking at what she was eating. She had high cholesterol high blood pressure, and diabetes. Those supermarket ready-made meals are full of fat, high in sugar and salt. They’re not what she should be eating.”
His meals, which can be ordered and delivered to anywhere in Ireland and the UK at the moment, are high in protein – 30 grams in each meal, minimum – and feature foods high in anti-oxidants with no extra salt or sugar.
All that and they’re still tasty! My eight-year-old daughter Lulu and I tried three different meals last week. We especially enjoyed the Turkey Meatballs, which are served on a barley pilaf with a red pepper sauce that packed a huge flavor punch!
John sneaks vegetables like corn and courgettes (that’s “zucchini” to you Americans out there) into his meatballs which unsuspectingly boost the vitamin count without detracting from the taste.
Nutrients and protein are one of his main focuses because, as John points out, “Once we’re over 35, our muscle degradation increases and we need to take in more protein. For many of us, especially if we’re under work pressure, we’re working long hours and we may not be eating properly. That has an impact on our muscle mass.”
And, as research shows, it impacts our brain matter too.
We know the adage,
We are what we eat – but that doesn’t only apply to our body composition. It applies to our minds too.
Our strategic thinking requires us to train our brain with the right fuel too. If we’re too busy to prepare healthy food, Life Kitchen can do it for you.
The healthier meals are doing wonders for John’s mom.
“My mother is flying it now. Her own mother lived to 105. You can’t rid of a bad thing,” John jokingly adds. I think.
Great food for thought.
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