There is no denying it that I am a major foodie. Food makes me happy. I will eat anything and everything (not including strawberries, because ALLERGIC!). I can say when I eat “cleaner” and “healthier”, I feel so much as a whole (mentally and physically). But I also don’t withhold anything from myself. If I want a chocolate bar, I will just eat a darn chocolate bar.
A week and a half ago, I took myself and a wonderful friend from the United States to the Banff/Canmore area. We enjoyed all of the yummy food and Canadian snacks and didn’t look back. While I prefer a home cooked meal over eating out, I think that it is important to enjoy yourself for a couple of days to not worry about calories, diet plans, ketosis, ect.
Pictured: “BigMac” Pizza, Fish Tacos and Onion Rings,
Tuna on a Cheese Bagel
That being said, I was ready to eat healthy after a weekend of indulging. I was ready to fuel my body and brain with “good” food and get back into routine.
So what are “brain foods”, you may ask? I am going to give you a list, that will be in point form below. But brain food assists you mentally, especially when it comes to memory and concentration. I am all for eating a good “brain food” breakfast to fuel myself for my work day.
- Fatty Fish (Salmon, Trout) – since fatty fish is filled with omega-3, omega-3 is said to build brain and nerve cells. They also help improve memory and learning. Maybe everyone should eat a chunk of salmon before going to work in the morning?!
- Blueberries (Anders loves blueberries as much as I do. Although, he ate so many this summer that he won’t really touch them anymore!)
- Broccoli – broccoli is full of antioxidants which could protect the brain from damage.
- Dark Chocolate – chocolate is an overall mood booster and dark chocolate is also packed full of antioxidants.
- Coffee – I have done a whole other blog post on just coffee and caffeine (Lattes & Emotions.). And like I said in that post, coffee improves alertness, mood and concentration.
- Green Tea – it is proven to improve alertness, performance, memory and focus.
I feel like I personally eat or drink all of these foods listed multiple times a week (I love fish, especially salmon, and broccoli). I also have at least one cup of coffee every morning – but having more than one cup does funky things to me. I really need to listen to my body on that one!
Other than physical food, there are a few more food related things you can do to help your brain and mental health.
- For one, drinking water. Staying hydrated is key and constantly keeps your entire system “flushed” out (I also have a whole other post on the importance of water and hydration Water (Benefits).).
- Taking vitamins and supplements! Taking vitamin B-12 and magnesium are key for brain function. If you live in Canada, taking a vitamin D supplement is super important as well (it tends to be very dark here, especially during the winter months).
What are certain foods that you eat to keep your memory and concentration in tact? Do you take vitamins and supplements to increase your brain function even farther? Let me know!