The Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, a unique in-home activities program developed by Home Care Assistance to promote brain health, recommends the Mediterranean diet as a way to slow the progression of cognitive decline associated with aging. The brain shrinks as a normal part of aging, and the Mediterranean diet helps prevent some of this brain shrinkage, preserving cognitive abilities.
The Mediterranean diet is two-fold in that it advocates for increased consumption of healthy foods and a reduction in intake of unhealthier, processed foods.
Below are the guidelines to eating a Mediterranean diet, listed in order from high to low consumption:
- Unrefined, Whole Grains
- Monounsaturated Fats (Olive Oil, Avocado, etc.)
- Fresh Herbs/Spices (Substitute for Salt)
- Fish/ Seafood
- Red Wine (1–2 glasses per day, if desired)
- Eggs, Cheese and Yogurt
- Red Meats
The Mediterranean diet encourages incorporating the guidelines into your daily lifestyle to the best of your ability, eating in moderation and enjoying the company of those that surround you at the dinner table.