For a long time, I’ve been experiencing brain glitches. That’s what I call it when I can’t think of the right word or name. It’s frustrating because I know this word, but it’s just slipped out of my brain.I’m proactive, and right away I did something about it. I took supplements that were supposed to improve brain function. They seemed to work for a while…but it didn’t last. That brain glitch came back. And as I got older, the glitch happened more often. Not just in conversation, but in my writing. When I can’t think of the right word while writing, I type ZZZ, then continue on and hope I’ll find it in the next draft. In the last manuscript I wrote in 2012, there were many ZZZs.
This is scary for most people. It’s way more scary when someone in your family has had Alzheimer’s, which is what my mother had. And it’s frustrating that the advice you get is to exercise and keep your brain active. My mother was a huge reader. She would walk more than a mile home from the library once a week, carrying a pile of books. She also did crossword puzzles in ink.
From the Dr. Oz Show, I learned that inflammatory foods are a cause of Alzheimer’s. Inflammatory foods also contribute to heart disease, arthritis, and high blood pressure, and they accelerate the aging process. I’m not sure about the acceleration of the aging process, but all the other health issues run in my family.
My mother was a thin woman, but her diet was awful. She loved sweets, and so do I. She loved chocolate, and so do I. She loved cheese, and so do I. The best anti-inflammatory diet is to eat mostly vegetables and fruit, with some grains and nuts. It’s okay to eat meats and even cheese and chocolate, but in small amounts.
For the first three weeks of the year, I ate only vegetables, fruits and nuts. Two days after I started this healthier way of eating, the ‘missing word glitch’ went away. Gone. Just like that. I’ve slowly let inflammatory foods back into my diet in small amounts, but I’m still eating mostly fruits and vegetables. When I go off it too much (last weekend my husband made carrot cake, and I love carrot cake), then the glitch does start to come back. It’s a good reminder to eat healthy again. I love the Mediterranean Diet, which is fairly healthy, and so does my husband. You can eat delicious foods that are healthy.
This is a blog for readers and writers. I want to keep reading books by my writer friends. And I want my readers to keep reading mine. If our brains diminish, that’s not going to happen. There are lists of foods to make yourself smarter, but it’s also important to avoid foods that make you dumber. How do you rate your eating habits?