FRIENDS! Â I have some super exciting news to share. Â I’ve signed on to co-author a new project, The Everything Guide to the MIND Diet. Â My next cookbook!
The MIND diet stands forÂ Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. Â It’s a healthy eating plan that stresses whole, unprocessed foods with an emphasis on:
- dark, leafy greens
- fruits, especially berries
- beans and legumes
- whole grains
- olive oil as the principal source of fat
- a glass of red wine daily
So it’s pretty much the diet I’ve been following the past 4 years, with meat-eaters also enjoying fish and poultry a few times per week. Â The MIND diet is a basically a low-sodium DASH diet, with limited red meat and dairy. Â Like most healthy diets, you try to avoid a lot of fried, fatty foods and sweets. Â But you can still enjoy them sometimes.
The MIND diet has shown an incredible rate of success in inhibiting Alzheimer’s. Â One study showed that strict adherents of the diet lowered their risk of the disease by 54%. Â HUGE! Â Even better? Â Researchers found that adults who followed the MIND diet even loosely, the “part timers,” still cut their risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by about 35%.
In sum: this is very important work. Â It’s also especially dear to my heart, as my dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Â His father, my grandad, died of it when I was just 17. Â Writing this cookbook helps alleviate some of the pain of my father’s diagnosis. Â It allows me to do something concrete to help him, as well as others. Â I couldn’t be happier.
The Everything Guide to the MIND Diet will contain chapters on the MIND diet and its benefits, written by my former co-author on the Everything DASH Diet Cookbook, Dr.Â Murdoc Khaleghi,Â as well as – my contribution! – 200 delicious low-sodium recipes!
The recipes I’m creating are all similar to the ones on this website and my previous cookbooks, meaning they’re salt-free and low-sodium, with an emphasis on the healthy foods listed above. Â I want these new recipes to help as many people as possible, to be as delicious as they are life-changing, so whether you’re trying toÂ combat Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, hypertension, heart disease, kidney failure, Meniere’s or other hearing and vestibular disorders, the recipes will be just what the doctor ordered. Â No pun intended.
Published by Adams Media, the same company I’ve worked for in the past, this is a project with a very short turn-around time. Â Release is scheduled for this fall: OCTOBER 2016!
I’ll be hard at work creating recipes now through mid-April. Â So please wish me luck, and send happy thoughts and prayers my way for great work.
Thanks and best wishes to you all, always. Â Christy (Dishy)