7 Day Memory Fitness Plan for Wednesday: Lifestyle Choices

When you are more aware of the choices you make regarding some aspects of your daily routine, you can enhance your ability to focus. When you are able to give something your full attention, one of the benefits is likely to be an improvement in your memory. Some of the lifestyle choices include getting a decent night’s sleep, exercising frequently and maintaining good eating habits.

Numerous medical studies support the fact that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. Do not skip it and make it healthy because it can help you to refuel your body for the day ahead. Your breakfast needs to include some protein, whole grains and complex carbohydrates which include fruits and vegetables.

A sugary breakfast is not going to sustain you for a productive day.  Dieters can tend to have more difficulty concentrating in the afternoon when they are skipping meals. Sometimes my clients with complaints about their memory have not been making good choices as a way to lose weight. Look at it this way. If you put bad gas in your car, it is eventually not going to run as well.  So refuel yourself each morning with better food choices to keep yourself operating at an optimal level all day.

Wednesday is lifestyle choices day in the 7 day memory fitness program. Every Wednesday for at least the next month or two, find a way to improve your ability to make better nutrition choices throughout your day

Here are a few ideas to pick from. Write a different one on your calendar for each Wednesday or modify these ideas to fit your routine. Try and do it periodically throughout the entire day. Create your own ideas for future weeks.

1. Pick a healthy food item to add to your breakfast menu.
2. Find a healthier substitute for one of your less healthy choices during the day such as a beverage.
3. Eat a healthy snack midafternoon to help your alertness level.
4. Pay attention to what you are eating. Try eating and enjoy just your meal. Do not read while you are eating. Turn off the television.

“The wise man should consider that
health is the greatest of human blessings.
Let food be your medicine.” Hippocrates

Quick Link to all blogs and resource to compliment your 7 day program:
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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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