Sample Diet Plan for Dementia and Alzheimer's
How This Helps
A controlled and effective diet using the best ‘brain boosting’ foods will certainly aid in the ‘slowing down’ or the degeneration of the mind, and coupled with effective exercise of the brain and the body, assist patients as much as possible.
Science and Research
Food should be as attractive and colorful a possible, served on pleasant dishes etc., in order to maintain interest and concentration. However, if you have any other long term illnesses, you should consult your doctor before any changes in your dietary regime. Snacking between meals is recommended, to boost energy levels.
Breakfast: Roasted Stoned Fruits - Calories 270, Fat 0g, Carbs 68g, Protein 3g
Nutrition Fact: Antioxidant-packed fruit and foods is the best way to protect your brain health, and research by the UK Alzheimer’s Organization has shown that dark-stoned fruit is one of the best ways of getting maximum intake. Roasted and stoned fruits are a great way to start the day, particularly if you use dark skinned fruits such as plums or damsons. Cut in half and pop the fruits in a baking tray and toss with 1tbsp honey and a vanilla pod to sweeten. Add a little water and cook for 25 minutes.
Mid Morning Snack: Roasted Garlic and Bean Dip - Calories 165, Fat 3g, Carbs 20g, Protein 8g
Nutrition Fact: Studies by the United States Library of Medicine are currently showing that diet rich in garlic can be beneficial to neuronal physiology and brain function in those suffering from Alzheimers, Dementia and even Parkinson's disease.
Lunch: Shrimp and Avocado Salad - Calories 205, Fat 15g, Carbs 3g, Protein 15g
Nutrition Fact: An old favorite, the oil in shrimp and prawns contains essential Omega 3 fatty acids (similar to the supplement Krill Oil) which creates and promotes antioxidant properties in the body, essential for brain health. Avocado also contains Omega 3. Both the UK and US societies for Alzheimers recommend regular intake of Omega 3 and characterize Avocado as an important food item for diet plan for patients suffering from dementia.
Mid Afternoon Snack: Nutty Energy Balls - Calories 205 (per 2 balls), Fat 12g, Carbs 14g, Protein 6g
Nutrition Facts: A perfect combination to give you a little sweetness in the afternoon using a nut butter, mixed nuts and seeds, all of which contain healthy fats.
Dinner: Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry - Calories 605, Protein 28g, Carbs 87g, Fat 19g
Nutrition Fact: This is a meal second to none. Lentils (part of the category ‘legumes’) are a ‘slow release’ foodstuff, providing a steady stream of glucose to the brain keeping it in optimal condition. Curry powder contains turmeric which breaks down the amyloid-beta plaques that coat the brain, part of the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a superstar antioxidant recommended by the Alzheimers Association in the UK.
Please note the "Brain Boosting Foods that help with Dementia Diet.
Vegetables – especially leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, broccoli
Fish – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel
Beans, nuts, flax seeds, olive oil also contain Omega-3
Fruit – especially dark skinned fruit and all berries
Lean White Meat – chicken, turkey
Whole grains such as barley, wheat, couscous
A little dark (70-85% cocoa solids) chocolate, occasional glass of red wine,green tea and coffee once in a while