When viewer Elina asked us how to combat "mom brain," which recently caused her to put ground cumin in her daughter’s oatmeal instead of the cinnamon she’d intended, we knew just who to turn to.
Q: How do you combat mom brain?
- Elina, viewer
A: “This is why we created the podcast. Just talking about it can be therapeutic,” says Hilaria.
“The reality is, you get a pass,” Daphne reassures viewers. “You’re doing so much.” Luckily, there are certain foods you can eat to help fuel your brain. “A lot of mom brain is just being exhausted, having so much to do,” says Daphne.
Choose healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. “Things like root vegetables are a go-to for me,” says Daphne. “Sweet potatoes, parsnips, broccoli. Any dark leafy green, colorful fruits and vegetables.”
Blueberries are full of antioxidants, which can help preserve your brain and its long-term health. Chocolate with 75 percent or more cocoa is the ideal; the darker the better. “That’s what’s going to give you the max benefits,” Daphne explains. Keeping a bar of dark chocolate in your freezer and breaking off a piece every now and then is a fun way to reward your brain during a busy day.