The M.I.N.D. Diet

I’ve been trying to get used to being on the Mind (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet.

It’s mainly fruits, vegetables, and fish, just like the Mediterranean diet but with more leafy green veggies.

Here’s what you should eat:

    Green leafy vegetables (like spinach and salad greens): At least six servings a week
    Other vegetables: At least one serving a day
    Nuts: Five servings a week
    Berries: Two or more servings a week
    Beans: At least three servings a week
    Whole grains: Three or more servings a day
    Fish: Once a week
    Poultry (like chicken or turkey): Two times a week
    Olive oil: Use it as your main cooking oil.
    Wine: One glass a day

And here’s what you shouldn’t eat.

    Red meats
    Butter and stick margarine
    Cheese
    Pastries and sweets
    Fried or fast food

The good part: I like red wine.

The bad part: That entire shouldn’t eat list.

A friend of mine has become an evangelist for this “life-altering” diet, but what he forgets to mention in his sales pitch is that it took him a couple of months to adapt.

When I spoke to him last the diet was the first thing he asked about, so I told him I was still trying which seemed to make him happy. Although I may have forgotten to mention the banana bread I made in the middle of the night.

The way I see it, I’m allowed a couple of minor lapses, after all, I’m just getting started.

As a side note. Does anyone else feel like they spent more time coming up with a cutesy acronym than they did on the diet?