Category Archives: Lifestyle & Health

Lifestyle tips to keep you and your brain healthy.

10 Quotes on Gratitude & Being Thankful

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Thanksgiving may be full of feasts & festivities, but it is important to remember the true meaning of this holiday.  Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, all about being thankful.

Thanksgiving is a day for everyone to reflect upon themselves and count their blessings.  We worry about many things on a daily basis and let obstacles and small difficulties in life consume us.  It is nice to have a day where we can slow down and acknowledge everything we have in life.  Having gratitude not only shows appreciation, but will help us become happier, more satisfied, healthier, and overall better people.

Here are 10 quotes from influential individuals on giving thanks & being thankful, we hope these will inspire you to celebrate Thanksgiving with gratitude!

 

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Meister Eckhart 

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.”
Dalai Lama

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Epicurus

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Maya Angelou

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr

“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”
Alice Walker

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Oprah Winfrey

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
The Buddha

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.”
Woody Allen

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fit Brains team!

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RECIPE: Wild Alaska Salmon Kebabs (improves memory & mood)

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Another superfood for the brain is salmon.  Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which helps the brain function properly and keeps the immune system working.

The brain is mainly fat, and omega 3 fatty acids feed the brain and allow neurotransmitters to flow more smoothly.  Eating salmon will therefore help combat poor memory, and increase positive feelings and thoughts by balancing out hormones.

Here is a creative, brain-healthy, and body-healthy recipe for Wild Alaska Salmon Kebabs.  This recipe is also Low-Carb, Low-Sodium, Sugar-Conscious, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Wheat-Free!  Pair the kebabs with some couscous, quinoa, or side salad and it’ll be a perfect meal!

Wild Alaska Salmon Kebabs

Serves: 4

What You Need:

  • 1 pound wild salmon fillets, cut into chunks
  • 1 zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 large red onion, cut into chunks
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

Putting It All Together:

  1. Soak wooden or bamboo skewers in water for about 10 minutes prior to grilling.
  2. Place the salmon, zucchini, bell pepper, and onion in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Whisk together the garlic, olive oil, and lime juice in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the salmon and vegetables, toss, and marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the grill or broiler. Skewer the salmon and vegetables, reserving marinade, and grill or broil 5 to 7 minutes, turning once, until salmon is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  5. While cooking, boil the marinade in a small saucepan for 5 minutes. Drizzle over skewers and serve.

Leave a comment below & let us know how the recipe worked out for you.  Check out the Fit Brains collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!

NEW Fit Brains app — Test your health & lifestyle choices!

mzl.pevlnnov.175x175-75A new Fit Brains app has been released on the iTunes app store!

Introducing Fit Brains: Brain Health Lifestyle Assessment — a FREE iOS app to test your health & lifestyle choices, complete with detailed feedback & improvement suggestions!

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Based on your answers from the assessment, the app is designed to provide personalized educational & informational suggestions to help you make step by step changes for a healthier brain & overall life.  

Fit Brains Lifestyle Assessment

After completing the test, you will receive a Brain Health Lifestyle Score with detailed summaries & suggestions on 5 health and lifestyle areas:

  1. Physical Activity
  2. Mental Stimulation
  3. Socialization
  4. Spirituality
  5. Nutrition

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You are encouraged to re-take the test periodically to see statistics on your improvements.

Same as all Fit Brains apps, the data in the Fit Brains: Lifestyle Assessment app is retrieved from the extensive scientific research done by leading neuroscientists & neuropsychologists in the United States, including Dr. Paul Nussbaum, one of the top clinical neuropsychologists in the U.S. with more than 50 peer reviewed publications.

So what are you waiting for?  Click HERE to download the app NOW to improve your life & make it the best it can be!  After your 1st assessment, share your health & lifestyle goals with us in the comments below, on our Facebook, or Twitter!

Socializing & Building Relationships for Brain Health

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Did you know socializing can boost your brain health?

Connecting with friends & family is one of the easiest ways to maintain a novel environment for our brains.  Friends & family provide opportunities to communicate, interact, and share experiences. They also provide the necessary motivation to stay mentally active and involved.

Socializing and sustaining a social network can seem difficult or daunting, but keeping in touch can be as easy as picking up your phone!  If you’re having trouble getting started, how about trying these 6 simple steps…

Your Game Plan for a Strong Social Network:

  1. Open your address book – Search your brain, book, or phone for your list of contacts.
  2. Pick your priorities – Categorize your contacts into 3 groups: Family & closest friends, Good friends, Casual acquaintances. 
  3. Make a plan to connect - Based on your priorities, determine some people you want to connect with weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly and mark reminders in your calendar.
  4. Follow through - Contact them in advance to schedule the get-togethers. If they’re not there, leave a message.
  5. Reschedule - If your friend or family member can’t make it, plan another day to reconnect.
  6. Meet & play Fit Brains together! - Once you meet, make sure you have something to do.  Playing Fit Brains is a great idea as you can have fun together & compare scores.  A little competition with your friends & family will also keep you motivated to continue to train & improve your brain!

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By playing Fit Brains for 5-10 minutes a day, you can quickly improve & easily prolong your brain health.  It’s probably the most fun & enjoyable exercise you will ever experience so take advantage of it!

We have some exciting plans coming up here at Fit Brains in the next few months that will certainly delight your brain, so stay tuned!

40 Healthy Alternatives to Sugar Cravings

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We have compiled a list of 40 healthier alternatives you can reach for when the sugar cravings pounce.  Limit your children’s consumption of candy as well by offering them some of these treats instead!

  1. Fruit kebabs
  2. Berry salad
  3. Dried fruits
  4. Chewing gum
  5. A square or two of dark chocolate
  6. Home-made fruit & yogurt popsicles
  7. Mashed sweet potatoes
  8. Healthy smoothie
  9. Unsweetened Greek yogurt topped with fruits
  10. Low sugar frozen yogurt/Sorbet
  11. Light chocolate milk
  12. Peanut butter & jelly on whole wheat toast
  13. Pretzels dipped in melted dark chocolate
  14. Blended frozen bananas
  15. Baked apple stuffed with nuts & oats
  16. Fruit custard
  17. Frozen grapes
  18. Healthy muffins
  19. Trail mix
  20. Whole grain cinnamon raisin toast
  21. Light banana bread
  22. Oatmeal topped with brown sugar & cinnamon
  23. Hot cocoa made with low-fat milk
  24. Fruit spread on crackers
  25. Coconut water
  26. Dates
  27. Prunes
  28. Flavoured tea
  29. Water with lemon or orange slices
  30. Nuts with a little honey drizzled on top
  31. Sweet corn
  32. Cherry tomatoes
  33. Dill pickles
  34. Baby carrots
  35. Baked sweet potato or squash fries
  36. Popcorn mixed with bits of dark chocolate
  37. Healthy granola bars
  38. Chocolate flavoured rice cakes
  39. Light jello
  40. Low fat milk with a little honey

What do you eat when you crave something sweet?  Share with us in the comments below!

RECIPE: Moist Raisin Bran Muffins (improves concentration, coordination, memory)

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Raisins are also great to eat to boost brain health.  Raisins contain high amounts of boron that is an essential mineral for a healthy brain.  100 mg of raisins contains 2.2 mg of boron. Boron improves concentration & hand-eye coordination and also enhances memory.

Here is an easy & delicious recipe for moist raisin bran muffins!  For the health-conscious, the sugar & milk in this recipe can be substituted.  Click here for a great article from Allrecipes.com on sugar substitutes for baking.

Moist Raisin Bran Muffins

Serving: 2 Dozen

What you Need:

  • 4 cups raisin bran cereal
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Putting it all Together:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients, then make a well in the center.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks, oil, vanilla and milk.
  • Beat until you see a light froth at the top then add to dry ingredients, stirring the whole time.
  • Pour the batter into a greased muffin pan, 3/4 of the way up.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes, then let cool for 10 before serving!

Leave a comment below & let us know how the recipe worked out for you.  Check out the Fit Brains collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!

Fit Brains’ List of Happiness!

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Besides keeping your mind sharp & active with brain training, one of the key points to having a healthy brain is making sure you are thinking happy thoughts!

This is why the Fit Brains team have created our on-going user-generated List of Happiness!  Anyone who needs a little pick-me-up at anytime will just have to visit this list to break a smile :) 

YOU can be a part of this list too…

What is one thing that triggers happiness in YOUR brain?  

Leave us your happy answer in the comments & we’ll add it to the list!

  • “Dancing keeps my body and mind happy and healthy” – Carol A. Keierleber
  • “MUSIC triggers happiness in my brain!” – Jordan Leo Yelle
  • “Books!” – Ulanda Dargis
  • “Spending time with my granddaughter” – Sharon Bylevedlt
  • “My pets” – Sylenda Harvey
  • “Meditation” – Ravel Viirsalu
  • “A hug” – Wendy Vanns
  • “Walk quickly 40 minutes/day” – Charles Eggerstedt
  • “Riding my bike to the local park to watch the sunset over the mountains” – Deane Alban
  • “Planting seeds” – Gail Asher Wells
  • “Seeing a smile” – Denise Gooch Orr