Be Fit For Life

with Ellen Cohen-Kaplan

Eat seasonally, reap the rewards!

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As mentioned before, summer is my favorite season, with fall a close second. One of the reasons I like fall is that all kinds of cultural events start up in force in September. We’ve been really enjoying the theatre scene this year so far, and saw 2 exceptional plays, “All the Way” at the Huntington with Brian Cranston, the lead in “Breaking Bad”, and “Tribes” a wonderful play about a dysfunctional family with a grown deaf son. I would give both performances 5 stars. “All the Way” deals with LBJ’s term in office and his brand of politics, and gives a good portrayal of the groundbreaking social issues of his time. Although the lead actor is speaking most of the time, it is truly compelling and one really gets a sense of the issues of the 60’s, how complicated making deals in government is and how little has changed in the way that legislation gets done. The second play, “Tribes” (at the SpeakEasy in the South End)  was a very profound examination of what it means to raise a child with a major difference from his parents. It deals with decisions around teaching a deaf child sign language or encouraging lip reading so he can be more comfortable in mainstream society (albeit missing many parts of conversations around him). Both are extremely gratifying and I highly recommend them!

As the autumn begins, and farmer’s markets abound, it makes sense to think about eating seasonally. Some great foods that have been found to actually increase brain power are the very same foods that studies have found increase longevity, prevent neurological decline, and maintain heart health. So, here’s a short list of foods that are very good to eat, and also easy to get in this season along with some recipes. A summary of their benefits follows.

Dark leafy greens-spinach, collard greens, kale, arugula – vitamins A and D, anti-oxidant properties that fight free radicals

Berries- blackberries, blueberries, strawberries- very high in anti-oxidants, same as above

Cold water fish-salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout  – high in omega 3 which are anti-inflammatory agents

Nuts- walnuts, almonds, pecans- good sources of vitamin E which protects cell membranes

Beets- antioxidant properties and nitrates which dilate blood vessels to important organs, including brain

For further information and recipes, check out the website below. Bon appetit !

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