Chef, author and talk show host Cristina Ferrare used to “live to eat” but now she “eats to live.” A cancer survivor and child of an Alzheimer’s victim, Ferrare wanted to use her research and knowledge to write “Food for Thought: Recipes for Ultimate Mind and Body Health.”
“All diseases begin in the gut,” said Hippocrates. Ferrare might add that by eating a well-balanced diet, you improve your overall gut health, which has major effects on your brain, mood and memory.
So what exactly should you be avoiding for the sake of mental health?
“It’s basically very easy and simple, all you need to do is eliminate foods that cause inflammation,” Ferrare told us. Your taste buds might not agree with her list of “prohibited” foods, but your brain and gut will thank you:
- Artificial trans fats, processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup
- Cakes made from a mix and frosting
- Non-dairy creamers
- Seed oils such as soy and canola
- Excessive amounts of alcohol
- Anything fried or battered
- Meat sticks and processed meats
- Microwave popcorn
Ferrare’s Pro Tip: “Check out an air fryer. If you use an Air fryer you can have French fried potatoes and sweet potato fries using only 1 tablespoon of olive oil. You can even make your own potato chips, make fried chicken and the best chicken wings.”