Why Coffee is a Top Brain Food: Interview on Dublin Ireland’s FM104:

The folks in Ireland want to know about the benefits of drinking coffee. A radio station from Dublin called me out of the blue. They had seen me quoted in a magazine and asked to interview me.

11 Minute Radio Interview

I’ve included the link at the end for you to listen to the interview, what fun with my slow southern idoms and their fast Irish Gaelic! The interview is only 11 minutes but before you click it, let me just tell you what I did not have time to say on the air.

Coffee is a TOP brain food, but it is not for everyone. I give speeches all the time about brain foods and eating for your brain. For some people though, coffee can have negative side effects, two main problems from coffee abuse, you can eat out the lining of your bladder and in synergy with other items, coffee abuse is linked with high blood pressure—and both of these leads to a host of other brain health problems. Plus, for some it just gives them the jitters.

So the question stands, what do you do?

That’s where I come in, your dementia practitioner and brain health specialist.

As a former dementia healthcare administrator, I went back to school and these last few years I have rooted myself in brain research relating to dementia, Alzheimer’s especially, and I have studied under the doctors who have reversed cognitive decline under scientific study and clinical trials. Under their protocols I have developed a 9 Step Alzheimer’s Reversal/Memory Retention Map which I specifically tailor to you or through you for a loved one.

Results as soon as Two Weeks!

We can see results in as little as two weeks, but to get a firm latch on your cognizance it takes roughly 3 to 4 months (and we continue to build and improve for a full 12 months!).

Nutrition is definitely one of my 9 steps to getting your Brain in Gear, we go over brain foods and coffee is one of them but it is not for everyone.

9 Step Alzheimer’s Reversal and Memory Retention Map

Enjoy this 11 minute radio show on how drinking coffee can be good for your brain. And if you would like to talk about your situation, you give me your story and we can develop a plan of action for you, please make a free appointment for a videocall. Let me know if I can help you.

I’m Janet Rich Pittman, a Dementia Practitioner but YOUR Brain Health Specialist, helping you find your memory, reverse Alzheimer’s via a 9 Step Alzheimer’s Reversal and Memory Retention Map so you can age successfully. Enjoy the Irish radio recording!

Click here to listen to the interview on Dublin Ireland’s FM104

You Tub Link for video of this post click here

To talk with Janet click here to schedule an appointment

 

From her recent training based on clinical trials and scientifically proven studies,  Janet has developed and facilitates a 9 Step Alzheimer’s/Dementia Reversal/Memory Retention Protocol lasting 3 to 4 months, with results experienced in as little as two weeks, where she counsels and works with those whose mind is being vacuumed away by Alzheimer’s or other dementias.  Janet helps you to find and keep your memory, so you can continue to enjoy life and make memories.

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

                                                                                                                                                     www.JanetRichPittman.com

Discounted Prescription Drugs in Your Area (This is not Spam or an Advertisement)

Here is 1.45min video of text below.  Let me know if you use this company, if there is anything I should know about it or if you have an additional recommendation.

She is 62 and a ½ marathon runner, that is 13.1 miles by the way.  We are in the same running group and boy is she an inspiration.  Twice a week we gather after our run for a hydration and/or meal and social time.

Knowing that I help seniors stricken with memory loss find their memory and get their brain in gear, and I also help their families too, Marathoner Cindy told me about an on line prescription drug company that may help those that I help.

She and her friend found her friend’s father’s heart medicine 80% cheaper than what she was currently paying.  Simply you enter your zip code and then name of the medicine and out pops a listing of the retail establishments that carry this medicine at the cheapest prices.  I was most impressed.  They were in shock.

I am a migraneur and I look up my migraine medicine.  It was about the same price, so not cost savings for me.

But for you?  Who knows.  It’s worth a try.

GoodRx.com

Full disclosure here:  there is no financial relation.  This company does not know me from Adam, they don’t even know what I do.  And that is I help those suffering cognition problems, us middle agers to seniors having trouble keeping our memory, help them find it and get it back, help them prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias from taking over their brains, taking over their lives!  I have a 9 step simple process.  If you need help please let me know. Here is my on line booking for a free 15+ minute call.

I’m Janet Rich Pittman, a dementia practitioner but I am YOUR brain health specialist.  GoodRx and Good Luck!

From her recent training based on clinical trials and scientifically proven studies,  Janet has developed a 9 step process, with results staring in 4 months or less, where she counsels those whose mind is being vacuumed away by Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and develops a reversal protocol plan of action for them so they can continue to enjoy life and make memories.  For more information click here

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia way, Janet immersed herself in brain research, attended two neurological ‘brain health schools’ and has been trained in the Dale Bredesen, MD Dementia Reversal RECODE Program.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias and reverse cognitive impairment.  She has a 9 Step Reversal Process and counsels many one-on-one. Learn more about Janet here.

 

 The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition or to be a substitute for advice from your healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health. 

 

 

 

Here is my 9 Step Alzheimer’s Reversal/ Memory Retention MAP!

 

Click here to schedule a quick 10-15 minute call to see if this is right for you or yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making it Through the 4th, Secrets to Eating Right

 

You’re following my emails, blog posts and FaceBook posts giving hints and facts of eating to make you ‘brain smart’ and age ‘successfully’ and healthy. You’re feeling great. But now it’s time to go out to or host the BBQ gathering for the 4th.

Complete with BBQ pork ribs or pulled pork laden with sauce loaded with high fructose corn syrup, HFCS, and other preservative chemicals, a typical 4th of July food table will most probably abundantly host store made potato salad and cole slaw, potato chips, jarred spinach dip, corn chips, hamburgers and hot dogs for the kids, complete with water melon, maybe a box cake with red, white and blue icing and/or ‘gourmet’ cookies size of mini Frisbees.

And that is just the food.

What about ice chest full of sodas, red and blue dye sugar drinks, did you read my article We Are Dying Our Brains? get it here, various beers and low and behold pina coladas and daiquiri’s from bottled premix.

Of course this table and all its accoutrements is the center piece of any July 4th outing. Except for the watermelon and drowned cabbage in the slaw, the table serves no brain foods.

Okay, so what do you serve?

Here is a list of typical 4th of July foods, why they are brain bad for you complete with suggested substitutions.

Store Potato Salad
Why Bad: White potato is one of 5 White Brain Damaging foods. For the others check out the article I wrote here. Plus, what is that white stuff? Dairy? Oil? What type of oil?
Replacement Suggestion: If you have time to make homemade mayo and make your own pickles (some store bought are okay, read the ingredients!!!!) power to you and could you please come to my house? Like me, many of us are still trying to figure out if we invited everyone and who did we leave out along with what is the total to feed going to be and where is the grocery list again? much less cook all day for this event. So, tonight when you go to bed toss in the oven a couple of medium sweet potatoes cut into chunks with skin on and doused in olive oil, bake for about 30-40 minutes because you want them chewy smooth, not mush. Keep in the fridge or if ready to make the salad, add slices of apples (be sure to coat, maybe soak a bit first in real lemon juice so they will not turn brown), raisins and throw in some nuts, roasted walnuts or pecans and salt and pepper to taste. Viola! Great potato salad. (Yea, I always keep sweet potatoes in my refrige for quick go to side dish.)

Store Cole Slaw
Why Bad: Again, what’s the white stuff? Oil? Preservatives? Your brains don’t know how to digest all the hydrogenated oils and it is true torture to our brain cells. (Stay tuned for the how and why, that is my next big article.)
Replacement Suggestion: Buy your own cut up cabbage and add your own homemade mayo, recipe given below except add extra garlic or hot sauce or both. OR you could make a quick balsamic dressing with balsamic vinegar and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Not for the kids? What about ranch? Search the internet and make your own ranch dressing, yes there is a way, bit involved but taste is all natural and NOT commercial, so good for the kids!!! You’ll love it too!

Chips
Why Bad: Again, white potato problem, it’s a White Brain Damaging food. Why? How? Check out 5 White ‘Brain Damaging’ Foods article I wrote here. Plus it is cooked in hydrogenated omega 6 rich bad fat. Over time, omega 6 oils really do a number on your brain. (Again, that article is coming.)
Replacement Suggestion: if using for a base for a dip try sliced cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash as crackers. For a snack,concentrate on serving good dips.  Keep reading, recipes coming.

Jarred Spinach Dip:
Why Bad: It’s a time issue, I get it. But there is nothing natural in that jar of spinach pulled off the rack by the potato chips. I mean really? Again, what is that white stuff.  To be honest, I am afraid to even read the ingredients.
Replacement Suggestion: Make your own spinach dip with homemade mayo, recipe below, and drained and thawed from frozen spinach from the grocery. Throw in few sprinkles of Cajun seasoning, be adventurous and add chopped water chestnuts, jalapeno peppers, cherry tomatoes or red bell pepper. No homemade mayo? When you make a batch once a week, there is no going back. Still no time, go to the gourmet deli cooler in the grocery, pick up spinach dip container and read the ingredients.
How to eat it? Celery hunks are GREAT for scooping, say NO to corn chips!

What about adding some of these following suggested items to your 4th of July table?

Homemade Hummus
How to make it easy: Once a month I soak, then boil up a bag of garbonzo beans, drain, cool, divide up and load one cup into a zip lock bag and freeze. When time to cook, I thaw out a bag night before and get up few minutes early and make the dip when I finish making breakfast. See another easy recipe below. Of course you have not done this for this forth gathering, but maybe next time or next event. For now, buy a can of garbanzo or chick peas at the store. Check the ingredients.
Replacement Suggestion: store bought hummus in the deli cooler, read the ingredients.
Dip with celery hunks, sliced cucumbers, zucchini and/or yellow squash.

Homemade Guacamole
How to make it easy: Easy is an understatement. Making fresh guac is time consuming. Actually peeling and seeding the avocados is the heavy time consuming part. So, next time, divide it up. Buy your avocados say week before needed. For the ripe avocados, peel and pull out the seed the night before you have to whip it up and serve the dip.  For storage, make sure you seal well so flesh will not brown. Then toss all ingredients together and poof, great guac at hand. I do have a great guac recipe but I do not have it ready at this article publication date. Stay tuned.
Replacement Suggestion: You can find all natural store made guac but I have not found one that is fantastic. If you have, tell us from what store and let’s try it out!

 

The 4th of July, it’s a fun event. I get it and it only happens once a year. But instead of grabbing or serving a box cake and Frisbee size cookies, celebrate the summer with blackberry almond/coconut flour cobbler or simple watermelon slices along with all your other foods you have made substitutions for.

If time is not on your side, just serve your best. Hopefully this article will plant a seed, giving other ways of eating healthy for both your brains.

Want more suggestions for everyday substitutions? Check out my three page white paper 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut-in-Gear, click here for the link.

Maybe you could make spinach dip and hummus your ‘go to’ quick and easy chip and dip food. Over time you will be able to snap them up and get good at improvising, adding different ingredients for additional flavors.

Concerned the kids or other family will not like it? They probably won’t, now. But if you keep serving all natural foods and making suggestions such as these given, they will have no other choice but to starve. Of course they are not going to starve, I don’t mean to be harsh, just making the point. Eventually they will come around, I promise! You are, you are coming around, right? Don’t give in, we all benefit from tough love.

Over time, your family and friends will want no one else’s _____________ (you fill in the blank) but yours.

Happy 4th of July and thank you God for giving us the freedom to make choices and substitutions.

Helping us Get our Gut-in-Gear so to keep our memory, have good brain health and age successfully.

Mayo Recipe
1 egg yolk
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (got to be fresh or else taste is way off)
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup REGULAR olive oil (extra virgin is tooooo strong)
With an emulsion hand held stir blender, blend first five ingredients. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while blending. It will get very thick. If you want it a bit thinner, add little bit egg white back in. (Yes it is raw but the lemon juice and salt ‘cook’ the egg!) (What to do with extra egg white?  Throw it in your next smoothie!)

Hummus
1 can (15oz give or take) drained garbanzo beans, sometimes called chick peas (really try and boil your own because can brine is taste displeaser)
3-4 Tablespoons lemon juice (juice from one large lemon, got to be real!)
1 large clove garlic
½ cup tahini (this is sunflower seed paste concoction found in many Mediterranean dishes, can get it at the store, check the ingredients, get as all natural as possible with no additives, some processors add soy and other preservatives, again read the ingredients!)
salt and 5 or so rounds of cracked pepper
¼ teaspoon cumin
2 Tablespoons water (you could use left over egg white if making mayo)
3 Tablespoons olive oil (can be EVOO, depends on your taste)

With hand help emulsion blender or in a lid covered blender, add all ingredients except oil. After you get a paste consistency, trickle in oil to emulsify. Next time instead of cumin, add z’atar seasoning or Cajun seasoning, or sundried tomatoes and basil or add a red bell pepper or loaded it up with just garlic.

PS—these are my tried and true recipes.  Hope you enjoy! Get my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut-in-Gear.  You’ll get a laugh and learn too!

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

www.JanetRichPittman.com

5 White, ‘Brain Damaging’ Foods

They kill your brain cells, point blank. Over time, brain fog, lack of memory, and additional cognitive impairment leading to Alzheimer’s and other dementias pursues.

 

What are “they”?  The 5 white brain damaging foods.  These include:

1) white wheat flour

2) white rice

3) white corn (yes it is white when processed, when the skin is removed)

4) white potato and

5) white sugar

 

All of the above damage, stop or even kill the neurotransmitter communication between your gut brain (the gastrointestinal tract or GI tract) and your head brain (the Central Nervous System).   With no communication, the cells in both brains die.

 

Here’s how the killing spree begins:

 

It starts with gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

 

Some perspective. Did you know that we humans have nearly 23,000 genes in our bodies? Guess how many wheat gluten has? The answer: around 150,000.

 

So, in a nutshell, we can’t digest gluten, which essentially eats us, not the reverse.

According to Alessio Fasano, M.D., the father of ‘no gluten’, Harvard scientist and author of book, Gluten Freedom, whether you are a celiac disease victim or not, gluten dissolves the lining of every consumer’s small intestine allowing partially digested foods to seep out of the intestine into gut tissues, eventually ending up in your blood.  Your immune system is called in to attack these invading, partially digested food particles.

 

Think of it this way, your immune system is constantly in attack mode whenever you eat:

 

  • cereal for breakfast
  • a donut for morning snack
  • a  sandwich for lunch, along with crackers and pretzels for an afternoon snack
  • a roll with dinner or
  • a cookie for a midnight snack

 

Do this every day, 365 days a year, for all of your life (but hopefully not beyond this reading) …and your immune system never rests.  It just sort of goes mad, crazy.

As your immune system eats up all the invading chemicals, it eats up the good healthy cells too.  This is called chronic inflammation or hyper inflammation.

 

Gluten eventually gets into your blood, eats the lining of the blood vessels and breaks the blood head brain barrier where these undigested particles seep out into your brain, depositing toxins and other invading chemicals.

 

The head brain’s own separate immune system (the glyphatic system) is then called into action to flush out these foreign invaders.  BUT, it too goes mad, resulting in hyper inflammation and killing more head brain cells, the good and the bad.

 

Additionally, the blood bowel barrier is also broken where foreign invaders run rampant and hyper inflammation ensues (no one ever talks about that—hello IBS, hemorrhoids, constant diarrhea or other elimination troubles!)

 

The solution and the near instant reversal of such problems?

 

Give up the gluten!

 

AND say bye bye to white foods that turn into sugar, like white potatoes, rice and corn — all simple carbohydrates which turn immediately into sugar.

 

Did you now that consumption of excess sugar creates insulin resistance? Let’s take a look at this.

 

Insulin is needed to get nutrients into our cells. It’s also a major switching station for many processes in the body. We all know the pancreas produces insulin.  Well, our head brain also produces insulin and head brain insulin is specifically used to get nutrients into our head brain cells.

 

The more sugar we eat, the more insulin is needed to get the nutrients up in the head brain cells, until finally our brain just gets worn out and quits producing insulin, and becomes insulin resistant.

 

And really, can you blame it?  It is over worked with trying to get rid of the sugar plus it has better things to do like ensure the heart keeps beating and the lungs get enough oxygen.

Kim and Feldman from the neurology department at the University of Michigan published a study reviewing insulin resistance at the core of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Interestingly, another name for some types of dementia and varying stages of Alzheimer’s is “Diabetes III”.

Here, the insulin resistant brain cells are starving, our head brain immune system then goes mad, and all this results in hyper inflammation…all due to our MAD diet (Modern American Diet).

 

Yes, we are doing this to ourselves. The top caloric intake foods in the United States as per the US Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee: grains/dessert breads, breaded chicken, soda, pizza, alcoholic beverages and pasta.  Look at how the 5 White Damaging Brain Foods make up the top of the MAD diet and perhaps the daily diet for many of us.

 

To make sure we keep our memory and full cognizance as well as overall good health, we’ve got to treat and feed both our head brain and our gut brain with all natural, no processed foods, specifically staying away from the 5 White Brain Damaging Foods…I’ll say it again….white wheat flour, white rice, white corn, white potatoes and white sugar.

 

What you eat, affects your brain. Eat to better your brain, not damage it.

 

Helping get and keep your Gut-in-Gear so you can keep your memory, have good brain health and age successfully,

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Alessio Fasano, M.D.

https://www.massgeneral.org/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19184

Info on no gluten:

His book, Gluten Freedom

And video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=0rTAhlJ9PMM

Kim and Feldman from the neurology department at the University of Michigan published a study reviewing insulin resistance is at the core of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

https://www.nature.com/articles/emm20153

 

 

Special thanks to Healthy Meals Supreme, reprinted from their blog https://healthymealssupreme.com/5-white-brain-damaging-foods/

 

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

www.JanetRichPittman.com

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia way, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

 

Diets in Action – Diets for Brain Health

Anne was caring at her home for her mother suffering from beginning Alzheimer’s said she would do anything for her mother but needed to keep her career moving. A strict ketogenic diet was my advice for the beginning of her mother’s protocol reversal program yet Anne did not know what a keto diet was nor did she have time to cook one. The first step in getting her mother’s cognitive decline stopped and leveled out was 1. hiring home health care to help with activities of daily living and activities in the protocol plan and 2. subscribing to delivery of fresh Keto meals and snacks.

Bob’s cognitive impairment was slight, not full blown Alzheimer’s yet along with some other issues, his LP-IR score was high and his sdLDL was too high so the ketogenic diet was not for him. He was a sugar fiend and his leptin receptors shot, they were non functioning. So while difficult at first, we did get him off sugar, licorice tea was most helpful, and got his gut in gear with specific individualized dietary tools and methods which paved the way to work further on his cognitive impairment.

When I am counseling folks in my Brain-in-Gear Program, I start by addressing their symptoms based on the food they eat, their microbiome, their personality and their life activities. Again, this is a START.  For the Brain-in-Gear Program I spend an entire 12 months with them fully addressing their bodily health and cognitive performance through a developed protocol for them, an individualized and specifically tailored plan of action created just for them. (My actions are based on my experiences as a dementia administrator, dementia practitioner and schooling under Dr. Dale Bredesen, the first MD research scientist to scientifically reverse 109 of 110 patients/participants under clinical trials suffering cognitive impairment in ‘beginning to middle’ Alzheimer’s.)

Developing an individual’s protocol begins with what they eat. And after learning what they eat I suggest making small changes inroad to getting their gut in gear.

And when their gut is indeed in gear, when they have a clean gastronomic palate, a ‘clear as can be’ canvas of operation, a foundation of health we both can count on, I then can help further identify the cause of the cognitive weakening and other symptoms they are experiencing. That’s right, a precursor to my Brain-in-Gear Program is my Gut-in-Gear Program.

No cookies after every meal? No nightly ice cream before bed? Drinking only once or twice a week? Yes, this first step, making the small dietary changes, is the hardest. (Yet I make it easy though, first with substitutions.) And for most, making these changes is huge, even significantly life altering. But that is what we want, correct? A definite change in our cognitive behavior, a return to ‘normal’ thinking. Our brain function has changed for the worse, now we must change it back to the better.

And that change does not happen out of the gate. A colt is not going to win the Kentucky Derby without winning a few preliminary races.

So to get the gut in gear for cognitive impairment, it’s a slow steady process. It is very doable with smart choices and easy substitutions. Taste buds change, you begin to feel the difference. Pretty soon the good food choices start to crowd out the bad where there is no question of what to eat.

Here’s where I suggest people start. I’ve put it together in an easy to consume (get it?) Gut in Gear guide with 5 easy swaps to better health – it’s a start!

GET THE GUIDE here NOW

But, the temptations to fall back to the old ways of eating are vast and easy, hampering morale and confidence. Plus you really don’t know exactly what to eat or not to eat.  Again, I address that in the full Gut-in-Gear Program.  You try new things, new substitutions.  But in this beginning, after your first taste of horrible diary free ice cream, you will never want to try anyone else’s dairy free anything again, so I am going to give you my Super Secret 5 Best Tips for Getting your Gut-n-Gear.

It’s a guide of examples in making lateral shifts. And it’s a start. If you would like more help in truly getting your Gut-in-Gear so to firstly get and then keep your Brain-in-Gear. investigate participating in my Gut-in-Gear Program.

On this 5 Secrets substitution list,  enjoy what you find, and tell me how/if they relate to you. Also, share any other substitutions that have worked for you.

Helping to keep your memory, age successfully and have good brain health, here’s to YOUR good brain health!
The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.  

                                                                                  www.JanetRichPittman.com  

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

For a better brain…which diet is best for YOU?

Our brain fog, forgetfulness and severe energy depletion is taking its toll and wearing us down.

Recent healthcare mantra touts this is NOT part of normal aging yet when consistently experienced, leads to dementia.

So you perk up and pay a bit more attention to your health, your actions and what healthcare professionals are saying: that our cognitive impairment, brain fog, forgetfulness and lack of energy begins in our gut brain, it starts by the foods we eat.

Yes we have a gut brain, a small and separate nervous system in our gut that communicates with our head brain. Communication between these two brains is called… health. For more details on this in ‘easy English’ you can read this article I wrote here.

Bottom line: for our head brain to function at top performance we must first get our gut brain in order and functioning correctly. And we do that by accessing our diet and changing what we eat.

“But what about these other brain helping diets? Where do they fit in?” you say maddened with confusion in reference to the

MEND,
DASH,
MIND,
Meditterranean ,
Paleo,
Keto-Ketogenic,
FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet,
Longevity ,
Nordic,
Atkins,
MAD and
SAD diets.

For an explanation of each one, click here.

Well yes, the majority of these diets will help some with improving their brain health, but the problem is, the same diet will not work the same on all people.  Just ONE diet will not work for all because everyone is different with different genes, different lifestyles, different motivations and different health conditions. And yes, different too based on what you have historically eaten, even since a baby.

Specifically, depending on a person’s DNA, which codes for the amino acids that make up proteins and proteins power our cells, people will require different diets to optimize their own health. This is also why pharmaceutical drugs won’t work the same in every person and may result in a whole host of different side effects.

Every diet must be different for every person based on their microbiome, head brain/gut brain connection and their daily activities of life.

Making eating changes in finding that perfect diet is very doable with smart choices and easy substitutions. Taste buds change, you begin to feel the difference. Pretty soon the good food choices start to crowd out the bad where there is no question of what to eat.

Here’s where I suggest people start. I’ve put it together in an easy to consume (get it?) Gut in Gear guide with 5 easy swaps to better health – even before you take on the diet.

GET THE GUIDE here NOW

Helping you keep your memory, have good brain health and age successfully. Here’s to your good brain health!

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.  

                                                                                  www.JanetRichPittman.com  

 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

Explanatory List of Brain Diets

Here is a list of brain enhancing diets.  The recommendation for my Gut in Gear participants is based on their current cognitive abilities and is tailored to them depending on THEIR microbiome, lifestyle, genes, health condition and motivation.  My suggestions are a combination of many of these diets.

 

MEND

Metabolic Enhanced Neurodegerative Diet or Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It,

Combination of a Paleo and Keto diet

from Dr. Dale Bredesen and UCLA

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/mend-protocol-for-alzheimers-disease/

 

DASH

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

Various servings of specific all natural foods from U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/

 

MIND— Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay

Eating specific all natural foods per a scheduled number of times a day or week.

From Tufts University

https://www.nutritionletter.tufts.edu/issues/14_6/current-articles/MIND-Diet-for-Better-Brain-Aging_2413-1.html

 

Mediterranean

Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

 

Paleo-Cave Man diet, all natural foods around paleo times.

https://paleoleap.com/paleo-101/

 

Keto-Ketogenic Diet—low carb, high fat diet.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101

 

FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet

1100 dropping to 800 calories a day for 5 days to mimic a water fasting diet.

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/fasting-mimicking-diet-longevity/

 

Longevity Diet

Eat whole grains and high quantities of vegetables (tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, legumes, etc.) with generous amounts of olive oil (3 tablespoons per day) and nuts (1 ounce per day).

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/daily-longevity-diet/

 

Nordic Diet

Eating that focuses on locally sourced foods in the Nordic countries — Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. … Compared to an average Western diet, it contains less sugar and fat but twice the fiber and seafood.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-nordic-diet-review

 

Atkins—low carb diet

From Dr. Robert Atkins

https://www.atkins.com

 

MAD (current 21century)  Modern American Diet

SAD (current 21century) Standard American Diet

 

To figure out which diet is best for you and your brain health…click here.

Or if you want to quickly talk, for free, about how to resolve your brain health issues click here to schedule an appointment.

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professionals. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.   

                   

www.JanetRichPittman.com 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away,  Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

8 in 2018: YOUR Top Questions Regarding YOUR Brain Health and Dementia

8 in 2018: Answers to YOUR Most Frequently Asked Questions:

1.In the Q&A after your speech, you advised never to retire. Could you go over that again.

Janet: That’s right. Never retire your brain, always keep it working for the rest of your life, specifically working to solve new problems or challenges. From shopping in a new grocery store to learning a foreign language to finding a tutor for your son/grandson, these are brain exercises.

Brain exercising is putting new information on top of old for an accomplishment, for a result. Here is the ketch: you have to have many of these new accomplishments EVERY DAY. How many? No one knows for sure. The only science I have found behind this is that college educated individuals and/or those devoted to continuing education and the usage of it, mentally last the longest.

Also to ensure your mind keeps churning all of its gears, one must have something to sink their teeth into, a purpose in life, a reason to get up and go every morning. Fine if you want to ‘retire’ from your current job. We all need a change of pace, a different routine, less stress. But…

Light two of your brain candles with one flame…get a new job!! This way, you never retire your brain and you always have a challenge before you. Brain challenge/brain exercising examples at your new job: learning a new software, understanding new company procedures and keeping up with the names of all the new employees. Plus, you’ll have some fun mad money! Never RETIRE!!!! Here is 1.47 minute video I made talking more about what happens when you finally get there, get to retirement.

Here is an article I wrote describing the number 1 side job you need to get to help your brain.

 

 

 

2. Hello, I watched your advice on the news and you brought up balancing hormones so do you believe in taking bio-identical hormones? would that really make a difference? I really am scared to take those because of breast cancer but I noticed my memory is getting worse, I cannot speak the words I want during conversation.

Janet: Yes, I believe in bio-identical hormones, at any age FOR ANY GENDER. But you must take what your body is missing, not just a prescription for any and all. You are right, too many hormones can cause cancer, but what they don’t tell you is that not enough hormones can cause cancer AND memory problems.

And about needing to stop and think about what to say, the words you are thinking not coming out of your mouth…that tells me your synapse brain cells are weak. This symptom is a direct correlation to hormone imbalance, poor nutrition and lack of sleep, each or a combination of them all successfully balanced. There is no cure for memory loss and mental weakness BUT there are actions, primarily a combination of, that you must revolve your life in and around so to better your mental health. Here is a signature article I wrote, How to Keep Our Brains Young.

 

 

 

 

3. My parents are both in good physical health, my dad is 85 and my mom is 78. Do you think their diet of high carbs, processed foods, white bread, and sugar is contributing to their brain drain?
Janet: Quick answer is yes. To understand why, take about a 20 minute read of my most popular give away 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Brain Drain with Ways To Keep Your Brain Fully Charged, here.

Perhaps all three of you could read one of my signature articles I wrote, We Are Starving our Brains and Don’t Even Realize It  or Why Are Our Parents and GrandParents Coming Down with Alzhiemer’s and Other Dementias.

All these writing talk about the 6 WHITE Brain Damaging Foods we consume wholeheartedly without knowing in our daily diets…white sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatoes, white corn (it is white when processed after it’s endosperm, shell, is taken away) plus these last four turn to sugar, along with all milk products (this includes cheese).

For more on the Brain Damaging Foods, here is another article.

Your parents might enjoy 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here also.

 

 

 

 

4. “I eat whole grain wheat, rice, oats & flax meal. If I quit putting milk with these, what can I use? What do you eat for breakfast?”
Janet:  I suggest no wheat whatsoever, wheat contains most gluten of our food consumption and in a phrase summary, gluten opens/dissolves the lining of our small intestine, for everyone who consumes wheat, celiac disease or no. Thus, partially digested food seeps out of our intestines, seeps into our blood, digests the lining of our arteries, breaks the blood brain barrier and eventually causes hyper inflammation. As we are all different, with different DNA and different immune performance levels, bodies react differently. Dr. Alessio Fasano, brought over from a University in Italy by MIT who now practices at Harvard discovered this and wrote a book on it, Gluten Freedom.

For rice, only wild and brown, if brown, try to get the sprouted, it is just easier on the digestive track. Oats have a hint of gluten, go easy on them and get oats that have not been processed, get preferably steel cut, 2nd choice get old fashion. When they are processed their endosperm (shell) is removed from being heated and bleached (in order to cook quicker and look nice) which pulls away the natural nutrients from oats.

Flax meal, great!! Good omega 3.

For your oatmeal, you could also stir in a bit of almond butter, honey, molasses or maple syrup—just a bit though, sugar, any type eventually is bad for you. We cook steel cut oatmeal in filtered water and add Extra Virgin Olive Oil (great antioxidant and is needed to help with sticking, you could add either grass fed butter or coconut oil) and Vietnamese Cinnamon, the taste is so much better

For my breakfast: I stick to protein, smart carbs and veggies
Today: I had left over of shrimp casserole, fresh kale from my Dad’s garden, carrots and 2 slices of bacon with green tea.
Shrimp Casserole: made with basis of a puree of freshly roasted mirlton or cayote squash mixed with eggs, flax seed meal, sprinkle of tapioca flour for thickening, cajun spiced ghee sautee of fresh shrimp my buddy caught, not farm raised shrimp.

Yesterday’s Breakfast: kale (from my Dad’s garden), carrots, egg muffin, bacon, celery with almond butter, green tea
Egg Muffin: onions, garlic, celery, green red and yellow bell pepper sauteed in bit of bacon grease placed in butter greased muffin tins (6 muffin sections in tin) and topped with stirred up eggs, baked till set and put in refrigerator.

Day before: kale (from my Dad’s garden), left over baked chicken with fresh herb butter sauce, carrots, ½ green banana, green tea

My carbs: I only eat smart carbs which are complex carbs: all vegetables, occasional beans, wild and sprouted brown rice, quinoa rarely (once month–gluten issue).

 

 

 

5. I can’t believe that you eat bacon or grease.

Janet: I personally eat a ½ keto, ½ paleo diet, no gluten and low low fruit diet. Your brain is mostly fat, it needs fat to help the nutrients swim all around and be accurately distributed. Good fat is necessary for good brain health, but you cannot combine it with bad fats like trans fats or hydrogenated oils (canola, sesame seed, corn, etc.). It’s like putting water in oil, it doesn’t mix, digest, assimilate into your cells correctly. The only fats you should be eating are grass fed natural animal fats (butter and fat in meats), olive oil, coconut oil.

A marathon runner, age 62, I counseled was having memory issues and finance issues, he could not understand numbers any longer. After a quick review of his lifestyle and diet he was a perfect Alzheimer’s prevention specimen except for his diet. For years, decades, he followed a low fat, high complex carb, high protein diet. Insulin resistance was a contributing factor but mainly, the lack of fat took it’s toll on his brain. After some key supplements based on further testing and a strict ketogenic diet (diet high in fats), he now tutors his coworkers in spread sheet formula development.  He was starving his brain of fats.   To learn more you would enjoy an article I wrote on Starving Your Brain.

Mr. Marathon Runner: at 62, he still runs by the way.

 

 

 

6. You say go super low on sugar, what about fruit? I eat a lot of fruit.

Janet: Sugar…consumption and processing/digestion of it truly depends on each person. Just keep it as low as possible and only from natural sources, fruits, honey, maple syrup, molasses, homegrown stevia leaves. Just know ball park your body and brain can only successfully process/digest 5-8-10 grams sugar a day. And don’t sleep on it. If you consume fruit or any sugar, consume as little as possible and be sure and consume before 2pm so to process all your sugar and not interfere with your sleep.  Need help sleeping and staying asleep? If my 19 Ways to Get to Sleep and Stay Sleeping flyer does not do the trick, email me and let’s schedule some one-on-one time together.  We can get you sleeping!

 

 

 

7.You say we must do physical exercise, brain exercise and eliminate chronic stress. I walk about 30 minutes daily when I do my praying. I assume this helps as praying reduces my stress. Because I am busy with e-mail reading & correspondence, and reading 2 Christian magazines is this a good amount of reading?

Janet: Just make sure you get some huffing and puffing in that walk, God will approve!!!. Extra oxygen up in your brain along with a faster than normal beating heart activates your Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor which gets your glia cells reproducing faster and your synapse linking those neurons together and your stem cells creating more neurons! In other words, exercise creates new brain cells and also strengthens and matures new brain cells which keeps your train of thought flow and your memory pop up as instant as possible. Here is a quick 2 minute read of an article I wrote on exercise creating new brain cells.

Also, in regard to all that Christian reading, please understand the difference between reading for entertainment or fact finding vs. reading for an accomplishment. You and your brain have to do something–accomplish something with those facts, put the facts to use!! Reading is nice and okay but only goes so far. Reading is a tool to create new brain cells.  Here is an example of how it work:  you are a history buff and lecture here and there so you read to understand why the Brits almost won the War of 1812 and if it had not been for their loss of the Battle of Mobile Bay in Mobile Alabama we, the US, might still be under British rule! You then use that newly learned trivia in your new lecture. A question comes up about the pirates, so you go back to your sources, read some more and are prepared for the next lecture to answer the questions! For more on brain exercising, review question #1 above or click here to quickly get to it.

 

 

8.  What are the first signs of dementia that you notice?
Janet:  It is not Memory Loss! Memory loss is what most folks acknowledge with beginning dementia, yet it is low on the list. Gait is the primary indication dementia has been percolating upstairs and is working to set in. Are you or yours taking the streets like a New York Fashion Runway or are you shuffling your walk, barely lifting your feet from the floor? Poor balance and a weak gait are the leading signs of dementia. I created a 45 second video here on the first thing to look for in dementia,

For Brain Health Members exclusively, I have here a check-off list for the Top Signs Your Cognizance is slipping.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me, Janet@JanetRichPittman.com.

Helping you keep your memory, age successfully and have good brain health, I’m YOUR Brain Health Specialist, 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            Janet Rich Pittman

President Trump, to quell the Alzheimer’s questions, here is what to do:

(a quick 3 minute read)

Former White House Aid Omarosa Manigault Newman in her book Unhinged claims that changes in President Trump’s actions stem from his mental decline which is leading to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s. This ‘does Trump have Alzheimer’s?’ question has been raised by opponents since his candidacy. And now various articles from Business Insider, The Hill, Page Six, Washington Examiner, USA Today, The Splinter and The Wall Street Journal , while covering Omarosa and her new book, print the question again.

The August 14, 2018 issue of Quartz Magazine specifically points out 4 examples – each of which don’t have scientific backing. In my article, “Does Trump Have Dementia? Not So Fast! “, I countered each of Omarosa’s accusations WITH scientific backing. Here is the article for your review, a quick 5 minute read.

Coupled with Business Insider’s article January 16, 2018 by Hilary Brueck “Trump got a perfect score on a screening test for dementia and Alzheimer’s”, both articles should nail shut the coffin of continual questions pertaining to Trump suffering from mild cognitive behavior.

But let’s just say, Mr. Trump does have dementia percolating in his brain.

But let’s just say, Mr. Trump does have dementia percolating in his brain. He is the president of the United States, now what? It’s not like a parent, where you are troubled by their actions, consequently seek help from a neurologist. Plus in Brueck’s article, Trump has already been through the neurological testing.

‘Presidential Brain Health Counsel’

The last step to quell the question: create a Presidential Brain Health Counsel.  Have the top Trump advisers discretely gather three, five to seven dementia experts comprised of PhDs, physicians and neurological nutritionists scattered across the county who are responsible for reversing the various diseases of dementia. After observation, blood and nutritional testing as well as brain scans and secretive mirrored observations to reflect response times, thought processing and oxygen intake(physical exertion)[your general neurologist just isn’t going to do that], the group could issue a report on President Trump’s current neurological health with a prognosis for his future head brain health. This assessment report, from the nation’s top dementia experts, would give the final answer, once and for all.

I’ve created a list of 17 scientific leaders who have reversed and curtailed the progression of various dementias, including Alzheimer’s. A ‘Presidential Brain Health Counsel’ could surely be appointed from this list. I would be more than happy to offer my continual advisement to the White House.

 

 

Omarosa raises new questions about Trump, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease but she’s got it all wrong.

Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in her new book “Unhinged” that changes in President Trump’s actions stem from his mental decline which is leading to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s.

As highlighted in the August 14, 2018 issue of Quartz Magazine she points out 4 examples – each of which don’t have scientific backing.  I say that as a brain health specialist and dementia practitioner, a former dementia healthcare administrator, who has spent years studying the brain and causes of dementia.

It is not mental decline Omarosa is describing, it is change in mental direction, actually mental enhancement, specifically mental perspicacity.

Let’s assess her accusations:

     “Apparent difficulty retaining new information, he doesn’t recognize new hires…”

Continual lack of instant recall, based on ill cognitive reasoning, is a precursor to dementia.  Of the 50 to 100 people the president of the US has to meet on a daily basis, as well as the dozens of issues needing attention, it is common and understandable to only remember that person who is most important to the situation at hand and the situation that calls for immediate priority.

It’s the same with memory.  Trying to stuff one more item for recall into the president’s brain holding quadrillions of facts is daunting. He is only going to immediately remember that which is most important.

Psychologist Dr. George Miller gave us the Miller Law in 1956 which holds professional acuity, to this day.  His law states the average person can only remember 7 items at once. [i]   Dr. Nelson Conway, a working memory specialist and director of the working memory laboratory at the University of Missouri says ability to remember boils down to cognitive ability combined with the amount of information to retain; for most us, we can only recall 3-5 items at a time, an average of 4 items[ii].

 

             “…reliance on notes in public speeches”

You’d be hard pressed to find a public speaker who doesn’t rely on notes or a teleprompter for their speeches. Anyone who has to deliver a speech every day, sometimes two to three a day, under the weight of being the leader of the world, would have trouble remembering what to say and scrounge for notes, especially if giving different speeches. If someone is truly suffering from dementia they may forget the purpose for their speaking engagement and could appear rattled and confused. Additionally, reference Miller’s Law.

 

          “His father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s…family history, heredity are the most important factors for determining if you will get the disease.”

According to Dr. David Perlmutter, author of various books on the brain, Grain Brain, Brain Maker and The Better Brain, genes are “a predisposition, not a determinant, meaning that while some people have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s by virtue of their genetics, that isn’t written in stone”.   Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Ultra Mind Solution, also notes, “our genes do not dictate our destiny”.

Our surroundings and our lifestyle turn on or turn off our genes.

 

      “He’s paranoid and irritable, anything could trigger fits of rage.”

If someone has always been typically sweet yet on a consistent basis becomes very angry and mean, this could be an early sign of dementia. Yes, severe behavior and personality changes are key components of cognitive impairment.  And that is just it, Trump has always been demanding and short-tempered, key personality traits the public has been aware of since following his life’s accomplishments prior to his candidacy as well as the presidency.

 

Omarosa Manigault Newman raises the question if Alzheimer’s disease is present in Trump.  To date, a true diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can only be made post mortem.  The average viewer can attest, the president’s job is mentally demanding, taxing and trying.  Whether you like him or not, President’s Trump discernment and shrewdness in managing our nation, not Alzheimer’s or dementia, shine through his actions.

Giving the counter measure from an experienced expert, I treat you to a fair and balanced view,

 

 

 

 

[i]The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information[1] is one of the most highly cited papers in psychology.[2][3][4] It was published in 1956 in Psychological Review by the cognitive psychologist George A. Miller of Princeton University‘s Department of Psychology. It is often interpreted to argue that the number of objects an average human can hold in working memory is 7 ± 2. This is frequently referred to as Miller’s law.

 

Miller, G. A. (1956). “The magical number seven, plus or minus two: Some limits on our capacity for processing information”. Psychological Review. 63 (2): 81–97. doi:10.1037/h0043158PMID 13310704.

 

[ii] Nelson Cowan, George Miller’s Magical Number of Immediate Memory in Retrospect: Observations on the Faltering Progression of Science, Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2010 Feb 1; 19(1): 51–57. doi:  10.1177/0963721409359277,  PMCID: PMC2864034, NIHMSID: NIHMS167613, PMID: 20445769

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4486516/

 

If you would like to read the August 14, 2018 Quartz article referenced here, click the link here.