Lifestyle Steps Overview

This is a big picture view of the key components of a healthy lifestyle.

(Notice the acronym N-E-U-R-O from the book The Alzheimer’s Solution by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai).

Nutrition:

Diet should emphasize Whole Foods and be Plant Based.

  • Vegetables-a big variety, especially dark green leafy and cruciferous (like broccoli, cauliflower and Kale)
  • Fruits-especially berries
  • Legumes (pinto and black beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas)
  • Whole Grains (brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat)
  • Some Nuts and Seeds, Mushrooms and Onions/Garlic, Spices-especially Turmeric

Avoid Animal Products (Meats*, Dairy**, Eggs***) and Processed Foods

  • (*all meat, but especially red meat and processed meats)
  • (**especially high fat (cheese) or with added sugar (ice cream))
  • (***yes, eggs too!)

Exercise:

  • Physical Activity Throughout the Day
  • 150-300 Hours per week of Moderate Intensity Physical Activity (75-150 Hours if Strenuous)
  • Avoid Prolonged Inactivity

Unwind:

  • Intentionally Relax and Unwind
  • Seek Joy. Avoid Negative Stress

Restore:

  • Encourage Healthy Sleep
  • Avoid Disturbances to Sleep

Optimize:

  • Seek Brain Strengthening Experiences
  • Complex Positive Activities
  • Strong Social Connections
  • Meaningful and Purposeful Experiences

Also…Caution:

  • Stop Harmful Lifestyles
  • Make Safe Lifestyles a Priority

For a collection of specific examples of possible lifestyle steps to consider making, setting the course for your best possible health, go to the Lifestyle Steps Examples page.

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