1. Don't eat an imbalanced diet
2. Say phooey to tofu
3. Don't fry that fish
4. Go easy on the sugar, sweetie
In the study, researchers spent five days training rats to complete a maze, and then gave half of them a water-fructose solution along with their regular diet. After retesting the rats six weeks later, the sugared-up group of rats had elevated levels of triglycerides, insulin, and glucose – and, no surprise: performed poorly in the maze compared to the other group of rats. The researchers concluded that eating too much fructose appears to interfere with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar for energy – necessary for processing thoughts and emotions.
5. Skip the white bread
The trick is to keep your overall glycemic index level good and low. So if you really want that white bread or muffin, don’t eat it by itself but rather with a protein source, which can keep your glucose level from spiking. To help you plan out meals without spiking sugar levels, follow the The Franklin Institute’s chart on the glucose levels in many common foods.
7. Low carb, maybe, but don’t do a no-carb diet
The good news is that the condition is reversible; after a few weeks back on carbohydrates, study participants’ memory-test performance improved.
8. Saturated fats with sugar can double your trouble
9. Avoid dehydration
So drink up (nonalcoholic) and eat smart and you will literally be smarter.