Stats: 4/4 and 48 yrs old, but no cognitive trouble other than unable to remember a word every now & then. 104 lbs, with BMI of 18.4
I have converted my diet from sugar to fat – it took about 3 months for my body to adjust. But now, to eat even a couple bites of a banana is too much sugar! I've added nuts, olives, & seeds to my diet. Adding hummus and tahini now. I've been eating some fish – shrimp, sardines, and a little salmon & tuna. I eat some chicken and pork. And I've been eating some fruit – sticking with cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries. And I've been eating eggs. Lots of eggs. And eating way too much dark chocolate. (Nearly no dairy/milk as I'm lactose intolerant. But some cheese here and there.) And leafy greens – mostly Boston lettuce and kale. I still eat bread/grains, but I try to eat stuff that has no added sugar – sourdough, tortillas, & pita bread.
The dietary changes have resulted in feeling better and energetic. My sinus congestion has substantially reduced! I had almost no spring allergy trouble this year! And my eyesight has improved – reduced my glasses Rx by a quarter diopter.
I've tried adding the vitamin supplements. The B vitamins seemed to make me jangly and I stopped sleeping well. So I have discontinued them (except the B12 which I had already been taking for years) and resumed sleeping. I've been taking D3 & K2 (blood tests indicated low on D). And I've been taking a little Resveratrol – which seems ok. I'm planning to try some of the herbal supplements but haven't done so yet.
For brain exercise , I have been studying Hebrew – and enjoying it. Took a class for 6 months. The experience of learning to read a new alphabet has been fascinating and educational.
I feel strongly that meditation – at least in the form of controlling one's mind – is really important. I had already studied various types of meditation as a Buddhist. And am exploring Jewish meditation now, which overlaps in concepts/forms. I find that formally sitting doesn't happen for me. But I try to be present as I do tasks, and take a walk, etc. When my Mom went cognitively downhill, it seemed like her mind was taken over by the un-restrained chatter in her head. I think that what you think, is what you become. So if you look at a stranger and think “this is a nice person”, then you will become a nicer person yourself. So, if you train your mind to not pursue endless dialogues and fantasies and negative emotions, etc, and practice being present where you are and what you are actually doing, then maybe this will help. If nothing else, if I lose my mind, I'd rather be thinking nice things and repeating mantras, instead of thinking negative things like my Mom.