While we’re familiar with the concept that certain foods are optimal for brain health, Ruhoy asserts that it’s the timing of our meals (along with the foods we choose to eat, of course) that can keep your brain in tiptop shape.
If you’re thinking something along the lines of, “What about my resolution to try intermittent fasting?” the good news is, according to Ruhoy, you can still participate in this eating plan and continue to eat regular meals.
“I’m an advocate for intermittent fasting,” she says. “But do it regularly, in a form of ritual. So, if you don’t eat until 11 each morning, maintain that schedule so the body knows at 11 a.m. it gets its nourishment.”
The bottom line is that keeping your body on a routine can greatly benefit your brain. Plus, keeping to a tight eating schedule can better help you stick to your intermittent fasting goal, so you might be killing two birds with one stone.
While the foods you eat and workout plans you follow may differ (Ruhoy is a proponent of integrative health, after all), the one thing every person should do to optimize brain health is to maintain a steady ritual. So, set your alarm clocks and create an exercise plan you can stick to—your healthy brain will thank you.