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On Being a Nutritarian

making lifestyle changes for the benefit of brain health is not a trend, nor are the pillars to succeed in a healthy brain.

 

There is a new word in my vocabulary and it is NUTRITARIAN!  This past Friday at our Brain Health workshop, our keynote speaker was Cheryl Hoover.  She is a lifelong Charlottean, Registered Pharmacist, certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, and owner of Pharmacy In Your Kitchen.  WOW!  The eye-openers were amazing! 

 

 

For example:

  • She does not advocate for anyone to change their diet to Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, or any of the other specialty diet types.
  • She does suggest that we build our plates around whole food plants and use meat, fish, or seafood as a side dish. 
  • She says “eat the rainbow” by making sure our plates have many colors.  And not to worry about counting calories! 
  • She says Embrace the opportunity we have right in our own kitchens to nourish our bodies with every bite we take.”

How is this possible?  Be a Nutritarian!  Nourish your body!

  • Instead of asking “what did you have for dinner?”  Ask “how did you nourish yourself today?”  Or “how many colors did you eat today?” 
  • If it’s from a plant, eat it.  If it’s made in a plant, avoid it.
  • Don’t eat something with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Food should expire.
  • Our teeth are meant for plant-eating.

I wouldn't call myself old-fashioned and outdated; I like to think I'm classic and current.  But, I am normally a contrarian when it comes to jumping on trendy diets, trendy fashion, trendy investments, or trendy this-or-that.  However, making lifestyle changes for the benefit of brain health is not a trend, nor are the pillars to succeed. Looking at food choices in a different way -- in a plant-forward way -- is refreshing and hopeful.  Now how can I be contrarian about that?!