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Village Manor Offers Meals to Promote a Healthy Mind


Photo: Village Manor Dietary Manager, Mabel Carlson visits with resident Wendell Gugler about healthy options available on the menu.

Aging is a part of life, but keeping a healthy mind as we age, is something we would all like to do. Many fear the day when memory becomes a concern. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most pressing medical needs of our time because we are unable to prevent, adequately treat, or cure the devastating disease.

Researchers have found that maintaining a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. People of all ages, who want to better their thinking, focus, and productivity can benefit from consuming healthy foods and minimizing the amount of foods that do not promote brain health.

At Village Manor, in Abilene, residents have a variety of meals to choose from every day. The dietary staff has incorporated food choices from the MIND Diet. Healthy foods on the menu are printed in bold face. This allows residents to choose items that are healthy if they want to.

Village Manor’s Dietary Manager, Mabel Carlson, CDM/CFPP said, “We have included over a dozen new recipes into our menus that are brain healthy. I had a resident’s wife say her husband enjoyed the choices available, and that he could always have something that he liked and appreciated having healthy options on the menu.”

When planning meals, it is helpful to divide foods into two groups — those to include in your diet and those to avoid or minimize.

According to the MIND Diet, below is a list of both sets of recommendations.

10 Groups of Foods to Include in the MIND Diet

  • Whole grains — 3 or more servings per day
  • Green leafy vegetables — 6 servings per week
  • Other vegetables — 1 serving per day
  • Nuts/nut butters— 5 servings per week
  • Berries — 2 or more servings per week
  • Beans or legumes — 3 or more servings per week
  • Fish — 1 or more serving per week
  • Poultry — 2 or more servings per week
  • Wine/Grape Juice— 1 serving per day
  • Olive oil — use as the main cooking oil

5 Groups of Foods to Minimize in the MIND Diet 

  • Pastries and sweets — less than 5 servings per week
  • Red meat — less than 4 servings per week
  • Cheese — less than 1 serving per week
  • Fried or fast food — less than 1 serving per week
  • Butter and margarine — less than 1 tablespoon per day

To learn more about the MIND Diet visit https://bebrainfit.com/mind-diet-recipes/. Eating healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle is not a new idea, but making a commitment to living that way can be challenging. It is a step in the right direction for people of all ages.

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