The Everything Guide to the MIND Diet

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FRIENDS!  I have some super exciting news to share.  I’ve signed on to co-author a new project, The Everything Guide to the MIND Diet.  My next cookbook!

The MIND diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.  It’s a healthy eating plan that stresses whole, unprocessed foods with an emphasis on:

  • dark, leafy greens
  • vegetables
  • fruits, especially berries
  • nuts
  • 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.  The MIND diet is a basically a low-sodium DASH diet, with limited red meat and dairy.  Like most healthy diets, you try to avoid a lot of fried, fatty foods and sweets.  But you can still enjoy them sometimes.

The MIND diet has shown an incredible rate of success in inhibiting Alzheimer’s.  One study showed that strict adherents of the diet lowered their risk of the disease by 54%.  HUGE!  Even better?  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.  It’s also especially dear to my heart, as my dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  His father, my grandad, died of it when I was just 17.  Writing this cookbook helps alleviate some of the pain of my father’s diagnosis.  It allows me to do something concrete to help him, as well as others.  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. Murdoc Khaleghi, 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.  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 to 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.  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.  Release is scheduled for this fall: OCTOBER 2016!

I’ll be hard at work creating recipes now through mid-April.  So please wish me luck, and send happy thoughts and prayers my way for great work.

Thanks and best wishes to you all, always.  Christy (Dishy)

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13 Responses to The Everything Guide to the MIND Diet

  1. Caitlin Berry says:

    That’s fantastic! I’ll share these recipes with my best buddy (whose elderly mother is in state of great mental decline). I cook like crazy, refuse to get prepared foods or take-out, and I’ve enjoyed several of your recipes since I went low-salt/no-salt very strict vegetarian in October of 2014. I look forward to many more!

    Congratulations! And may the force be with you…. 😉

  2. Cheryl Murray says:

    I am so excited about this book! I use your 30 min. meals cookbook all the time and just love it!

  3. Erika says:

    Awesome!! I’m looking forward to the release!

  4. Stephanie Weaver, MPH says:

    I was wondering who was going to put out the cookbook! Congrats! I will be happy to review it!

  5. Linda says:

    This is so exciting! I’d love to know if many of the new recipes are vegan. Please let it be! By way of introduction: I am new to this group. I’ve been a veganish vegetarian since 1973. I have had all the MD symptoms (remitting) except vertigo/disequilibrium since 1987. Last week, I had an episode of dizziness for the first time. It literally knocked me off of my feet and I fell on my dog! I’m hoping lo so does the trick and makes this go away.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Linda, Welcome! So sorry to hear about your recent dizzy spell – hope you’re feeling much better soon.

      Many of the recipes in the new book are vegan and all of the recipes are salt-free. The scheduled release is in the fall; I’ll post updates as the date draws closer.

      Take care!

  6. rita ray says:

    I need help! I just found your website and I am so happy. Our son a cancer survivor from osteosarcoma now has 4th stage kidney failure and I don’t know what to do , how to cook, how to live without salt !!! Please help me get started, figure out how to buy your books, get on the website for receips etc . Thank you Rita Ray

    • Christy says:

      Hi Rita! I’m so very sorry to hear about your son’s illness. So glad you found the site. I hope it helps! All of the recipes here are free – you can access them all by searching through the RECIPE INDEX. There’s no need to buy anything! I’d suggest also visiting some other great low-sodium salt-free recipe sites, such as Dick Logue’s Low Sodium Cooking and Susan Tweeton’s blog PLEASE, Don’t Pass the Salt!.

      Wishing the very best of health for your son and family.

      Take care,

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