Foods That Feed the Brain — Let’s Cook!

Let’s Cook to Fight PD!

Foods that feed the brain
Foods that feed the brain

We need foods that feed the brain. We need foods that fight PD. No matter how perfect your medication regimen, how diligently you exercise, one fact is absolutely true — to be healthy, your brain and body need healthful food. The cells that make up your brain, nerves, blood, bones, skin, and other organs are constantly dying, and must be replaced. And, we need the power of high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytochemicals to support and maintain our healthy tissues and organs – including the brain and nervous system.

Where are the building materials we need to create new cells? These building materials are found in our foods — protein, healthful fats, vitamins, minerals, are found in food. But to get them, we must choose our foods wisely. Junk food, very highly-processed foods, refined foods are stripped of the nourishment we need to build healthy new cells and maintain the resiliency to fight off disease.

Fish - rich in omega-3 fatty acids
Fish – rich in omega-3 fatty acids

Parkinson’s disease brings with it new challenges. PD is stressful, and stress creates damaging free radicals that slowly cause damage to our cells, including nerve cells. This increases risk for further diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and dementia. Foods rich in natural antioxidants destroy free radicals and prevent such damage. Some even appear to be neuroprotective. In this blog, we will focus on recipes using such foods.

We will also focus on areas of importance in PD: Ease and speed of preparation; foods that support the brain and nervous system; recipes for people who cannot chew easily; high-fiber foods to help with constipation; dishes that don’t require eating utensils for those who have difficulty managing forks, spoons, and knives; snack foods; breakfast foods; and gluten-free and dairy-free foods for those who are sensitive. You can search using the following tags:

Recipe tags:
Healthy Brain
Healthy Heart
Healthy Bones
High Fiber
Finger Food

Comments 8

  1. Kathleen Smith
    April 16, 2018

    Kathryn, I am in a PD caregiver support group for YOPD. So many of our questions and concerns center around nutrition., weight loss, off times, weakness. We have no dietitians in the Napa Valley that have PD experience and we are so frustrated with the “just eat small meal” response. Do you have a check list, shopping list, or ideas for us as a group to explore and any recommendations for an expert to help us with our research? I know this is vague but we are stumped!!!

  2. Kathrynne holden
    April 16, 2018

    Kathleen, I will query some dietitian groups and see if I can find someone in your area. I will respond on this page, give me a couple of days. -Kathrynne

    1. Rachel Hillberry
      August 7, 2018

      Kathrynne- I would love similar resources Kathleen requested, (checklists, shopping lists) to provide for my patients at a future talk I’m giving. Any direction would be appreciated! Thanks !!

  3. Maryann Eastep
    December 17, 2018

    Hi Kathrynne,
    I am a Registered Dietitian from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware and your “Nutrition Matters” has been an invaluable resource to me for providing MNT to my PD patients. I was hoping that I could chat with you privately via email. Would that be a possibility?

  4. Jennifer
    September 26, 2019

    I’m so sad – I cant get the links for the recipes to work. I’m getting the 404 Error message.

    1. Kathrynne holden
      September 28, 2019

      Thanks for alerting us, Jennifer. I believe the links are working now and I hope you’ll try again.

  5. Caroline S
    October 21, 2019

    Kathryn – Caroline here from Australia.
    I’ve just bought your manual for Health prof but can’t download it.
    Can you check my order ??

  6. Kathrynne holden
    October 21, 2019

    Hi Caroline, and thanks for notifying me. I have emailed your manual, do let me know if you have any further difficulties. Best, Kathrynne

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