Francie Healey is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in Santa Fe, N.M. She specializes in the psychology of eating, helping people with health conditions to develop conscious eating habits and understand how food contributes to healing. Using her expertise to help clients manage cognitive decline through nutrition, Francie educates them on meal planning; the creation of simple, nutritious meals; and other keys to achieving a healthy relationship with food. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling, and is a Certified Health Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Recent research makes clear that the impact of aging on the brain can be reduced by simple diet and lifestyle modifications. The delicious food choices and easy-to-prepare recipes in this book are based on the latest findings showing that they can help slow the progression of Alzheimer's and other conditions like it, or prevent them entirely.
Readers will gain the knowledge and tools to take charge of their health by incorporating tasty, healing foods into their diet. The information in this cookbook will be as relevant and useful 20 years from now as it is today. And the recipes will still be just as delicious.
"There is a myth that eating healthy is too hard. Unfortunately the result of this myth is that many people who want to try, don’t even begin. Myths that perpetuate overwhelm, or lack (“I just can’t do it”) are not serving us.
Consider a simple formula for your meals. That each time you eat you are providing your body with energy to sustain you until the next meal. Each meal, even snacks, should contain high quality protein, fat, and fiber.
Proteins can be from any number of sources. Organic, grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs, nuts or nut butters, and legumes can all be fine sources. The majority of our meal should aim to be vegetables, which provide the body with vitamin and mineral content, as well as fiber. Fiber is critical for digestive health, playing key roles in maintaining a good microbiome.
And fat brings many benefits to brain health, overall hormone health, not to mention satiety. Quality fats include olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, fish, lard, butter, and eggs. Making the effort to change some habits around how we eat is the key to eating clean in today’s busy world. Taking a moment to put some lettuce, avocado, lemon wedges, and olives in a lunch bag or cooler with a portable container of olive oil takes only minutes. Adding in nuts or canned fish and some sea salt completes the meal.
Making extra for dinners provides leftovers for quick breakfasts or lunches. Rethinking our ideas around these meals is important. Breakfast can be soup, or leftover dinner, or green smoothies. Thinking past the sandwich for lunch expands our options tremendously.
While you begin to rethink and get creative with your meals, the opportunity arises to check in more carefully with what does work for you. Do you need a heartier breakfast than you’ve been giving yourself? In fact, a heartier breakfast may sustain you for much longer, deleting the need for sugar or caffeine to push through the late morning crash.
You may discover that nuts aren’t as satisfying as meat, or broth. Or you may need slightly more carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, plantains) than you’ve allowed. Meeting yourself in the moment can elicit information for what your body needs in its desire for vitality. And this dialogue with yourself, listening and responding, will guide and motivate your instincts for what to eat.
Overall, eating clean is simple, yet delicious. Over complicating this task is a distraction to moving into action. Change is required, and perhaps some social discomfort at first. In the end though, you will have rekindled a respectful relationship with your body and your intuition, which lays a very strong foundation for long-term health. Consider that it is possible, and affordable. Experiment and learn, there is no need to have it mastered at the first go. This is all a process and an evolution. We are all still learning. And it is essential for our wellbeing that we take back our power, from the food industries and media, and make choices based in an advocacy for our own health. The more we choose to do so, the more we create self-worth and self-knowledge. These tools pave the way forward into a place of true healing and happiness."
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Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (June 30, 2016)
Amazon Link: click here
VISIT BLOGS POSTED PRIOR TO MINE
Monday, June 20th @ The Muffin
Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!
Tuesday, July 12th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Join Francie Healey as she writes on the topic of "Why Healthy Eating Matters to Me" and visits the blog of fellow author Madeline Sharples to talk about her latest creation, a cookbook entitled: "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's"
Wednesday, July 13th @ Dealsharing Aunt
Join Vicki Brinius as she review the latest creation of Francie Healey, a cookbook entitled: "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's". Readers will also have a chance to enter a giveaway for their own copy of this great cookbook.
Thursday, July 14th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews
Lisa Haselton hosts Francie Healey and her cookbook "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's" as Francie shares a blog post explaining why she published this cookbook. Don't miss this exciting blog stop and giveaway!
Friday, July 15th @ Renee’s Pages with Renee Roberson
Renee Roberson reviews Francie Healey's cookbook "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's" - don't miss this exciting blog stop and opportunity to learn more about Francie as she shares her knowledge in this great publication.
Monday, July 18th @ Nichole Smith’s Chaos in the Country
Nichole Smith at Chaos in the Country hosts today's blog tour stop for Francie Healey's "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's". Don't miss Healey's gust blog post about "Releasing Personal Obstacles".
Tuesday, July 19th @ Gina Hott’s Hott Books
Gina Hott at Hott Books hosts Francie Healey - reader can find out more about Healey's cookbook titled "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's" and read as Healey shares in a moving blogpost "Why Alzheimer's and Dementia?"
VISIT BLOGS POSTED PRIOR TO MINE
Wednesday, July 20th @ The Road to a Dream with Ava Louise
Francie Healey visits The Road to a Dream and shares with readers of Ava Louise's blog. Learn more about Healey's cookbook "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's" as well as enjoying some insight in her guest post "Social Media for Authors"
Thursday, July 21st @ Kathleen Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Network
Join Francie Healey and learn more about her cookbook "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's" as she stops to visit with Kathleen Pooler's readers at Memoir Writer's Journey. Healey pens today's guest post "From Concept to Publication" and Pooler offers her thoughts as she reviews Healey's cookbook. Don't miss this blog stop! http://krpooler.com/
Friday, July 22nd @ Linda Appleman Shapiro
Linda Appleman Shapiro hosts fellow author Francie Healey as Healey writes today's guest post titled "How I Knew it was Publishing Time". Don't miss this blog stop and opportunity to learn more about these amazing authors and Healey’s recently published cookbook “Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s”
Monday, July 25th @ Words by Webb
Jodi Webb reviews “Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s” by Francie Healey
Tuesday, July 26th @ Bring On Lemons
Read Francie Healey's post "Feeding the Brain" and find out more about her recently published cookbook "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's"
Wednesday, July 27th @ Mari McCarthy’s Create Write Now
Join Mary McCarthy as she welcomes Francie Healey at the Create Write Now blog today. Healey pens today's guest post titled "Connecting with Readers". Find out more about Francie Healey and her new cook book "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's".
Thursday, July 28th with Lisa M. Buske
Francie Healey pens today's guest post "How to Eat Clean in Today's Busy World" as she visits the blog of Lisa M Buske. Don't miss this post and opportunity to learn more about Healey's cookbook "Eat to Beat Alzheimer's"