Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RD is a registered dietitian and food blogger at the blog Lively Table, where she creates simple, healthy recipes and helps readers bring the joy back to eating. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, a Masters in Clinical Nutrition, and she is a member of the Baby Led Weaning Dietitians Network. She’s passionate about helping readers ditch fad diets, and raising healthy foodies from the very beginning.

I’m a firm believer that a healthy body is useless without a healthy mind. Luckily, the foods that nourish a strong, healthy body are the same ones that lead to a healthy brain and lasting memory. For long term, holistic health, there are no quick fixes or magic bullets. It’s all about a balanced, varied diet and lifestyle that’s both fun and sustainable.

Keeping my brain healthy (and the brains of my family members!) is so important to me. I’ve personally been affected by mental illness, which I’m constantly trying to keep in check with a healthy lifestyle. My grandfather suffered from dementia, and as frustrating as I know it had to be for him, it was equally as devastating for my family. He was always such a lovable, cheerful man whom we all loved dearly, and even when his memory was at its worst, he still remained upbeat and such a ladies’ man up until his passing when I was still in college. It’s so hard watching a loved one’s memory (and independence) decline, and I don’t wish it on anyone.

The good news is, we now have so much more information about how to nourish our brains and keep them healthy for the long haul. And it’s the same way we keep our bodies healthy! I am so passionate about helping people achieve long-term health all around – mind, body, and spirit – by ditching quick fixes and fad diets, embracing the joy of cooking and eating real food, and finding an enjoyable, sustainable healthy lifestyle. For me, that means including lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts in my daily diet without stressing about a ‘perfect’ diet (whatever that is!), and including movement that I enjoy – yoga, cycling classes, and walking with friends, and finding ways to relax at the end of a long work day.

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