The Brain Health Mindset: Preventing Alzheimer’s Through Food | Annie Fenn, MD

Dr. Annie Fenn joins the podcast today to discuss how to upgrade your brain health by changing what’s in your pantry. She reveals the missing link between the food we eat and our cognitive abilities, expressing the strong need to change what we put in our bodies. She shares her tips on how to resist cravings and make healthy food that tastes delicious. She explains which foods to avoid at the grocery store and how you can set up an environment that inspires you to eat healthy. We discuss self-motivation, discipline, and finding a ‘why’ for healthy eating.

0:00 Intro

2:05 From OBGYN to Culinary Medicine

8:00 Making a Real Change in Life

12:10 Finding the Discipline to Follow Your Passions

14:02 Making Healthy Food Delicious

19:29 Traditional Diets that Work

21:30 Supporting Her Mother Through Alzheimer’s

23:44 Understanding Processed Foods

29:07 What Most People Mess Up On

34:04 Developing Motivation for Healthy Living

38:11 Setting Up an Environment for Healthy Eatings

44:50 The Right Balance of Saturated Fat

50:14 Addressing Fears Around Cognitive Health

55:01 Conclusion

Dr. Annie Fenn is a physician, chef, and author of The Brain Health Kitchen: Preventing Alzheimer’s Through Food (Artisan 2023), a science-based cookbook and care manual for the brain. She founded the Brain Health Kitchen, the only cooking school of its kind focused exclusively on helping people prevent cognitive decline through food and lifestyle. After twenty years as a board-certified ob-gyn, she traded in her stethoscope for an apron to pursue her passion for the culinary arts. But it was her mother’s diagnosis with dementia that helped Fenn find her path and her new calling, one that enabled her to not only help her mother but also create significant and meaningful impact for others. Fenn lives in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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