Recipe for Brain Fitness

cherry pie with crumble topping
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1 pie crust

* 4 cups pitted fresh cherries
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine

1. Roll out pie dough for 1 9-inch pie pan
2. Mix filling ingredients together, place inside pie crust
3. Mix topping ingredients together, cut in butter until it comes together to form large crumbs & sprinkle on top of pie
4. Bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes, until crust is golden

This is my first pie ever & I can’t wait to eat it. I’m off to the store to get more cherries to make another one.

Being a raw foods chef and a brain fitness junkie, I just came up with the idea of this “Recipe for Brain Fitness”. It combines what I know about food, nutrition & cooking with what I know about mental health. The idea is to provide an outline for an “ideal” day in terms of keeping your brain working at the highest-possible level! Granted, no day is going to unfold exactly like this, so this recipe is meant to be more of a blueprint for what a perfect day might look like from your brain’s perspective, rather than any sort of realistic schedule.
#1) Get a good night’s sleep!
#2) Start your day early with a short meditation and a large glass of water. No caffeine!
#3) Breakfast: one pint of green juice (vegetable juice containing celery, cucumber, dark leafy greens & sprouts)
#4) One hour of yoga
#5) Small serving of raw fruit, nuts or seeds.
#6) 2-3 hours of mentally stimulating work
#7) Lunch with a friend, consisting of a hearty salad (leafy greens, seaweed, nuts, sprouts, and variously-colored veggies)
#8) Post-lunch walk of 30 minutes
#9) A few more hours of challenging work
#10) 30+ minutes of aerobic exercise (swimming, biking, running, dancing)
#11) 20-30 online brain exercises
#12) Light, veggie-based dinner with few or no animal-based proteins. Eat early, at least 3 hours before you expect to go to bed
#13) Social time with your friends/family
#14) End the day with some mediation or journal-writing.
The basis for this agenda is the fact that your brain needs 5 main things: proper nutrition, physical exercise, social engagement, diverse mental stimulation, & sleep. If you leave any of these things out of your recipe, it will probably not turn out so well. Conversely, if you find a way to regularly incorporate all 5 of these things into your life, you may find that everything else comes a lot easier.

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