What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains.
After starting my low carb and no added sugar diet, I realized that the sugar withdrawal was making me get headaches at first. For years I ate sugar like it was going out of style. I LOVED SUGAR! It literally made me feel good. In addition, I was a carb addict. I ate so much processed food that eventually turned into sugar. My body was on sugar overload or insulin overload.
I was diagnosed with a Fatty Infiltrated Liver a few years ago but never really understood what that meant. I remember during that time I was eating tons of junk food (wings, nachos, candy etc.) My doctor did tell me that I had to stop eating so much junk food but that was all he told me. He really did not explain what this meant.
Since my body has been changing on this diet, my brain has also been adjusting. I was waking up with a bit of a foggy head. Now anytime I have an issue or something is happening in my life, I like to do research. I started looking into the effects of sugar.
After watching this documentary I finally understood why i needed to stop consuming added sugar. I never understood this. I have lived my entire life consuming extreme amounts of sugar and never ever knew what it was doing to me. How could this be? How could no one have told me this? I have dieted before but never eliminated sugar. How is that possible? I was shocked. I felt like the world needs to know this. Sugar was not only making me fat but it was making my head cloudy.
It wasn’t like someone told me to stop eating sugar and that is why I stopped. I needed to understand WHY. Some teachers teach a subject but do not let us know why it is important to learn the subject.
What else did I learn from this book? I learned that I needed to consume more Omega 3’s. I always heard that consuming Omegas were good for you but did not know which one was good and which one was not so good. I thought both Omega 3 and 6 were good but after reading this book, I am sticking to Omega 3’s. According to Dr. Dow, Omega 3’s help our brain and we should try to avoid Omega 6’s as much as possible. Below is the one that I bought from Whole Foods that I am taking. This Omega 3 helps to improve your mood.
Dr. Dow talks about how we may be able to prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s. He also talks about being able to strengthen your brain by paying attention to the way you eat and how much you exercise your brain.
This book is a must read if you are working on you.
“A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it ADHD, scatter brain, or brain fog. Some simply say they just don’t feel like themselves – and haven’t for a long time. People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, and inspired. In fact if you look at the way most of us live, it’s almost as though we’ve chosen a lifestyle deliberately intended to undermine our brain chemistry.
Fortunately there is a solution. The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. Rebalancing these three brain chemicals will, in turn, enable the rest of your brain’s chemistry to reach optimal levels. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, remembering more accurately, learning more quickly, and unleashing the floodgates of your creativity. You will also find yourself feeling more optimistic, calm, energized, connected, and inspired. The good news is that this is easier than you think. Instead of trying to ambitiously overhaul one aspect of your life entirely with some difficult-to-maintain resolution, begin by making small and achievable changes in many different areas of your life.
“If I’ve learned one thing from the thousands of people I’ve treated, it’s that you have to take the whole person into account if you want to think and feel better.” (Dr. Mike Dow)” (audible.com)
What helped me get a small waistline was a few things:
Liver Cleansing from Wholefoods or Amazon – Called Gaia Herbs Liver Cleanse Liquid
I did the atkins diet for months – phase 1 i stayed on for about 2 months not 2 weeks
Eliminating sugar from my diet – no added sugar to be exact – i eat fruits and natural sugars as much as I can – lately if i have oatmeal i use a little raw honey no artificial sweetners like Splenda – Stevia is another options
Low carb diet – paying attention to your carb intake is important – so i try to eat more meat and veggies or poultry and veggies
Exercise any body part each day – making an effort to work out is important – i try to do 100 sit-ups with this smart wonder core and work out my heart with some cardio with my at home bicycle – i would love to buy a real cool hi tech treadmill this year
Mentally and physically getting ready
Clean out your fridge and pantry to have no sugar low carb items in it
Buy cute workout gear
Create a super fun cool music playlist on spotify or on your phone
Buy cute interior clothes to see yourself in
Plan your lunch so get a lunchbox or bag to bring to work
Drink Lemon Water
De-clutter your house so you are mentally in a good place because your environment is organized
Anti-inflammatory antioxidants and good ol’ caffeine make a trip to the green side a very smart move. Here are five ways the ancient elixir heals you from your brain to your belly: 1. It revs your memory. A drink with 250 mg of green tea extract increased the brain connections that process and store information.
When you think about weight in “all or none” terms, have unrealistic expectations, or define your self-worth only in terms of weight, you become too hyper-focused on weight loss, creating anxiety and obsession that can derail your attempts to live healthier Don’t be a victim of these eight common “weight thinking traps” and learn to replace them with healthier views.
Are you one of many that are suffering Fatty Liver Disease? Do you have a build up of toxins? Are you feeling lethargic, are you bloated, addicted to caffeine and suffering brain fog? There are 15 main signs and we show you how to get back on track.
The Scientist: Keith Kantor, Ph.D., a nutritionist and author of the children’s book The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice The Answer: Sugar is sugar. And honey is (mostly) sugar. But if you’re choosing between the two from a health perspective, err on the side of the sticky stuff.