Learn a New Style of Cooking
Just like learning something new, a new style of cooking can help your brain. There are several ways this works.
First, you need to learn the style. Learning anything benefits you. On top of just the skill set, you will often learn about the culture, foods, and region, and this could stimulate you to learn more. Curiosity is a good thing.
Second, you start to form new associations with food. Many new ethnic dishes use spices in a new way. You begin to learn and anticipate the way things will taste based on recall of past experiences.
Finally, the wait to taste allows you to dream and fantasize. In dementia sufferers, this ability fades quickly. Stimulating this ability helps ward off problems.
And don’t forget the enjoyment of eating a new dish. Or the disgust on not liking it at all. Either way, you get an emotional rush that increases the serotonin in your system. As we said earlier, when your serotonin is well-balanced, your brain is healthy.