There are continual articles about following the mind diet, but do people really know what that is? It is really a combination of the Dash diet and the classic Mediterranean diet. What does that entail? First of all plenty of fruits and vegetables along with nuts, berries, beans, fish, poultry, olive oil and even wine. It doesn’t object to red meat, butter, sweets or fast food including fried. However, the mind diet does suggest that you minimize those particularly foods. When you think about vegetables, don’t just look at what type should I cook for dinner, but rather how can you prepare them to make their taste enjoyable to you. Obviously, you can steam, bake, roast, broil or even grill vegetables. Raw platters of fresh vegetables are always a treat. You can easily liven the vegetables with various herbs, spices, or combinations to make them delectable. Of course, all diets recommend spinach but don’t think of it in the traditional way. Try using it in a salad with nuts, roasted corn, black beans, and grilled chicken. It can be quite tasty if you add a few dried cranberries or even fresh strawberries. With a light olive oil vinaigrette, it literally can make your mouth water. What the mind diet recommends are frequent servings of green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli, collards and other greens as they are packed with vitamins A and C plus other nutrients and fiber. If you eat two to six plus servings a week it can provide significant brain benefits. The researchers of the mind diet have found that by including all the greens recommended in addition to the other vegetables can make a difference in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Anyone with a parent who has that disease could benefit by changing their eating habits to the mind diet. Just recently I saw an article about the benefits of cashews. They are tasty and help you improve your health in a variety of ways. As with all nutritional recommendations, whole grains are indeed a part of the mind diet. Butter is a sticky issue with many people. A long time ago a nutritional chemist told me that margarine was bad for the heart, cholesterol and your stomach. Like many processed foods it is basically unhealthy. Everyone knows fast food or fried foods shouldn’t even be in your life. Yet, there are so many temptations, they are difficult to resist. However, if you limit your intake of them, you will feel better, help your brain and probably your waistline. No one even had a concept of the mind diet or any other type of diets in the old west. The foods were available depending upon the seasons. The Good Gus Series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If you are contemplating the mind diet, you may want to incorporate the suggestions above and then take a break and read “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino. The time is flying by. Before you realize it the Cotuit Library appearance will be upon me. I hope to see anyone who lives in the area on May 13, 2017.