What’s different about this MIND diet? It seems to really focus on the dark colored food items– leafy greens and berries. Why are these so important? The darker a food item is, the more antioxidants it has in it. This diet isn’t about quantity, but quality. These dark foods are full of these quality antioxidants. “Antioxidants”… I’m sure you’ve probably heard that word thrown around. But what does it mean? Let’s break it down. “Anti-” means against. An oxidant it a molecule that takes electrons out of another molecule. Ok, so what does that have to do with me? When the oxidant takes electrons out of cells, some of the electrons become free floating “free radicals.” And these can damage cells at the level of their DNA, making faulty cells reproduce faulty cells. There are multiple hypotheses around that these free radicals are at the root of many degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and also many cancers. So if we eat more of these antioxidants– the molecules that fight off the creation of free radicals– the hypothesis is then that there will be a reduction in the rates of the those degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancers. Not a bad deal for eating some berries and spinach, eh?
Now this would require a bit of a commitment. For example, I would have to give up the chili cheese dog with onion rings I ate for lunch. But they taste so good! The food they had in the video looked pretty good too though, I must say. So what’s the difference between my #8 combo and the shrimp spinach salad? The convenience factor. I didn’t have to do anything to get my #8, except drive my car to the fast food joint and ask for it. But to make that salad, I’d have to spend time on myself to cook those shrimp and arrange all those beautiful veggies in the bowl. Actually, I don’t even know how to cook shrimp. Huh. I guess that’s problematic. So not only would I need the time to cook the shrimp, I’d have to take the time to read how to cook them! All that time spent on me, myself and my health. Tsk tsk.