Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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The New Year's Resolution Edition
While cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows older, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study results were published in the December 20, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"Adding a daily serving of green leafy vegetables to your diet may be a simple way to help promote brain health," said study author Martha Clare Morris, ScD, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush. "There continues to be sharp increases in the percentage of people with dementia as the oldest age groups continue to grow in number. Effective strategies to prevent dementia are critically needed."

The study results suggest that people who ate one serving of green, leafy vegetables had a slower rate of decline on tests of memory and thinking skills than people who rarely or never ate them. The study results also suggest that older adults who ate at least one serving of leafy green vegetables showed an equivalent of being 11 years younger cognitively.

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It's that time of year when, after weeks of excess booze and food consumption, we turn our attentions to self-improvement with New Year resolutions .

Putting aside the knowledge they are rarely kept beyond the first week of the year, now is the time to start with the best intentions.

It may be quitting booze for a month and raising some money and liver function, switching to vegetarian food after packing our digestive system with turkey, or maybe cutting consumer consumption to improve our personal finanace.

To jumpstart the self improvement kick for your impending 2018, we've come up with a few suggestions about what kind of resolutions might be good, and none of them involve joining a gym.

According to one  study ,  77% of people kept their resolutions for a week, but only 19% of people were able to keep up the
good work over two years .
Why is it so hard for us to keep our New Year’s resolutions?
How can you make it last?
It’s always hard to make a lifestyle change, but it’s easy to keep a habit.

  • You want to change too many things at once
Would you try to run a marathon after never having run in your life? Probably (and hopefully) not. The same goes for your New Year’s resolutions. It’s not impossible, but you would probably find it very difficult to quit smoking, eat better, and start exercising all at once. If your goal is too difficult, you’ll feel like it’s impossible to achieve and will get demotivated. Choose one thing and stick to that, and you’ll probably see how the other ones follow.

  • You’re not being realistic
You’ve probably been told to shoot for the stars? Well, you might want to think about bringing those goals back down to Earth. If you give yourself a crazy goal, like trying to lose 30 lbs in a month, it’ll be unattainable and you’ll feel badly when you don’t reach it. Now sure how to start working out?

  • You’re not motivated
A lot of people think that you have to find your motivation, when really you have to build it from zero. Motivation isn’t something that someone else can impose on you, and it doesn’t magically happen. You feel motivated when you make yourself feel motivated!

  • Your resolution ready
If you’re trying to lose weight, but you have sweets, junk food, and your favorite frozen meal in the freezer, you’ll probably have a much harder time keeping your resolution. If you’re trying to drink less alcohol but have cans of beer in the fridge, you can see how it might make you want to have a drink when you get home from work.

To check out the other tips, and find out how you can KEEP your New's Year's resolution, CLICK HERE
 2) What We Are "Reading" That You Might Enjoy...
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COMPLAIN LESS, APPRECIATE MORE  - The Five Minute Journal helps you cultivate gratitude. It changes how you feel, alters the actions you take, and therefore the results you will create...negativity be gone! 

FINALLY KEEP A JOURNAL  - With a simple structured format that takes just 5 minutes, The Five Minute Journal is simple, quick, and effective. Whatever your excuse for not keeping a journal is, this journal will eliminate them.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. "

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