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April 2017


Motivation is what gets you started. Habit change is what keeps you going.
-Paul Ryun, Olympic Track Star
 

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New: Lose Those Extra Pounds to Keep Your Brain Healthy 

  
 
We’ve known for years that being overweight affects our bodies in many negative ways. It can raise your blood pressure, make your cholesterol levels dangerously high, and increase your risk of developing diabetes.

So, doesn’t it make sense that our diet also affects our brains? Researchers who study this issue think that is the case.

A series of research studies demonstrate that if you don’t take care of your health, it will lead to compromised brain function.
 
Maintain a Healthy Weight and Preserve Your Brain!

 A 2015 study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found obese children performed more poorly on memory tasks that test the hippocampus compared with kids who weren't overweight. The hippocampus is the part of the brain associated with forming, storing and processing memories.

• Research conducted by Lucy Cheke, a Psychologist from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience, found that obese people have less white matter in their brains than their lean peers. It was as if their brains were 10 years older.

•University of Arizona researchers did experiments to investigate why being overweight impacted brain function. The study found that high body mass is linked to inflammation, which affects the brain.

• The most recent study was conducted on rats by Terry Davidson, Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University. He discovered a vicious cycle between bad diets and brain changes. Davidson explains that a diet high in saturated fats and sugars affects the parts of the brain that are important to memory and makes people more likely to crave the unhealthful food.

Click here to read more about how a healthy diet preserves brain function while an unhealthy one has the opposite effect.

Recipe of the Month: Colorful Hummus
 
What’s so healthy about hummus?

A 2-tablespoon serving of hummus contains only 50 calories, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of fiber. Only 0.4 grams of fat is saturated. It also contains many vitamins and minerals. This combination of protein and fiber will help keep you feeling full until your next mealtime. Try it with fresh vegetables, crackers, or pita bread.

 Why limit yourself to store bought? Hummus is very easy to make.
 

Make Your Own Hummus

Here are some suggested versions of do-it-yourself hummus from Shape Magazine. They’re fun and color coded.
 

Plain:

To make plain hummus, blend 1 can drained chickpeas, 1 juiced lemon, 1 tablespoon tahini, 1 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil in a food processor or a blender until creamy and smooth. 

Purple:

Swap in black beans for chickpeas. Add 2 garlic cloves and 3 small jalapeños. Garnish with sliced jalapeños. 

Green:

Add 2 garlic cloves and 1 cup cooked peas. Garnish with chopped mint if desired. 

Yellow:

Add 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon turmeric, and 1 head roasted cauliflower. 

Orange:

Swap in white beans for chickpeas. Add 1 1/2 cups roasted pumpkin seeds, 3 garlic cloves, and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika. Garnish with more pumpkin seeds. 

Red:

Add 2 roasted beets, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1 garlic clove.
 Click here to read full post on my website.
 

Have You Fallen Off The Wagon? Summer is Coming!

If you know how to eat healthfully, but a few pounds have crept back on, nip it in the bud now. Get back on track now. Take advantage of my new Online Weight Loss program.  

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Irvine, CA 92606

Phone: 714-357-9946
Email: EberLorie@gmail.com

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