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It’s time to take better care of our brains

So I put my foot down the other day and took Jeanne to the neurologist last week Tuesday for a much-needed check-up. I decided it was time to go back for a number of reasons, but mainly because she has still been having seizures (although not as many, thank God), and it was time to see if anything needed to be altered or if there was anything else we could do. 

It’s been a while since we checked in with the neurologist. Mainly because Jeanne did not want to be admitted to hospital again – amongst other things.

However, when she had one of the worst seizures she has had in a year, I decided enough was enough and, it was time. Soz, babe. So off to the neurologist we trotted.

When we arrived, the doctor – who is a peach, by the way – asked how things were going and shit, did we have some stories for him. Unfort, they are not my stories to share and some things are, believe it or not, too private and personal for the internet (says the woman who talks about her period and tears all the time).

After talking for roughly 45-minutes in his office, Jeanne and I realised that there was a lot that had to change. A lot. 

Not only did he add to Jeanne’s meds to see if it would help the seizures, but he whipped out his very own guide to the brain (so very impressive, guys, I was so blown away) and walked us through all the steps and things we could do at home in order to ensure we are looking after our brain as best as we can.

So, regardless of my sugar addiction’s opinion, there were major lifestyle changes we were advised to take on board and, we were about to dive headfirst into a number of them oh-so-quickly.

Seriously, there is nothing quite like a doctor to get your ass into gear when it comes to bad eating habits and lifestyle choices – oh, and I am mainly talking about my eating habits and choices. Just FYI, as I am a chocolate and carb addict.

So I am going to share with you guys the advice given to us by the doctor and some of the ways we are going to start changing our lifestyle in order help our brains because it’s more important than we think.

  1. Switch off the tv at a respectable hour before we go to bed. Sleep is so important for our brains, as it helps us to reset. However, Jeanne cannot sleep without the tv on. This is problematic because the blue light emitted by TVs is really, really bad for us and effects our sleeping pattern. In order to make the transition to sleeping without sound and light easier, the neurologist suggested we buy a salt lamp (its light is softer and better for our health) and play some soft music instead.
  2. Low carb, low sugar, high (good) fat diet. Um, I was the one first in line saying ‘f#&k no‘ to this banting shit but, according to the neurologist, it’s the best diet for your brain. Urgh. So here we go, we have started to cut out all carbs and sugar – as best we can – and are sticking to those good fats because did you know, your brain is the fattiest organ in the body and is made up of minimum 60% fat? Well, I didn’t. Here is the first recipe we tried. 
  3. Exercise and vitamins. I hate to admit it, again, but I am also one of those people that continuously says ‘f*$k vitamins‘ and ‘they only make for expensive pee‘. Hate to say it, but now Jeanne has been told to go on some vitamins that are good for the brain. However, these are not multi-vitamins. I am not taking them because they are blady expensive. I am going to say anything else until I get my dedicated vitamin post up.

So these are just three ways we are starting to look after our brains. There are many more ways we will start implementing over the next year-or-so (because you cannot change your life so drastically in such a short space of time).

Over this time, I am going to be blogging about this a lot. Starting with dedicated posts dealing with the above points as I feel that in order for the information to be helpful, you need to know the facts.

Equally, I will be sharing a lot of the recipes we decided to make because our diet is going to change so much (it’s scary).

So, if you want to take better care of your brain – and we all should considering it’s pretty darn important – stay tuned for more.

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  • Reply Fierdous Jappie-Samuels

    Loved this. So much of this we know, but hearing it from the perspective of a doctor when we are looking for answers gives us more clarity. Funny, ne? Thanks for that. I’m thinking I should also start being more mindful of my brain health.

    February 15, 2018 at 10:20 am
    • Reply Claire Henderson

      I couldn’t agree more! Doctors really ensure you get your bum in to gear and realise how important it is to take care of yourself.

      February 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

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