The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Grain Brain.
Oh, why hello.
Since we’re all about resting and recovering this week, I finally had time to sit down with the book Grain Brain that I received as part of a campaign with FitFluential LLC.
Last night I sipped on some homemade warm turmeric almond milk also since turmeric is one of the nutrients he recommends adding to your diet. Not too shabby. (I’ll share the recipe later just in case you want to jump on board the whole better your brain train.)
I’d heard about this book by quite a few people and really wanted to read it because of the strong focus it has on brain disorders and inflammation. Ever since the whole hip dysplasia thing, I’m a firm believer that the type of food we put in our body is key to controlling and treating inflammation. This book takes it one step further and focuses on the correlation between inflammation and brain diseases.
Although I received this book a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t get a chance to really start reading it until the other day on the plane home from the marathon.
So far I’ve been doing quite a bit of skimming through the book. (That’s what I do, when I first get books- skim, underline and put Post-Its on a lot of pages. Ha ha.)
I can’t wait to read the entire book page by page, but for now I want to share some information and thoughts I’ve learned thus far.
The author of Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, is the president of the Perlmutter Health Center in
Naples, Florida, the cofounder and president of the Perlmutter Brain
Foundation and a medical advisor to Dr. Oz.
The book is very well written and has a whole slew of information. Even as it’s written by a doctor, it’s easy to read and eye-opening ot say to say the least.
Dr. Perlmutter focuses on his findings that the fate of your brain is not soley in your genes, but in the food you eat. He shares that the conrnerstone of many brain conditions is inflammation, which can be triggered by carbs, especially those containing gluten and that are high in sugar.
Along with his research he also presents a 4 week plan to keep your brain healthy, vibrant and sharp.
So let’s see, he argues that along with processed foods, sugar and refined grains that cause inflammation (we all already know that), the grains that most of us view as healthy (gluten containing whole grains, etc.) are also destructive to the brain. He claims that they can cause dementia, chronic headaches, depression, ADHD, anxiety and many other things. Yikes. He states that the massive amounts of carbs we eat (both “good” and “bad”) are fueling a “firestorm” in our bodies.
HIs findings and research on sugar and the brain are pretty astounding also. He not only refers to processed sugars as causing damage, but natural sugars as well (found in fruit, etc.). Honestly, I can’t wait to read more on this topic as I’ve been through the whole STUFT Detox, sugar elimination before and have realized what an impact sugar can have on so many things.
His main focus is that our brain needs fat as fuel. He prescribes a diet that is high in “good fats” as ideal and explains how we can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. Say what? Goodness knows I could use a few more. Ha ha.
Along with dietary changes (including no gluten) and eating a diet high in healthy fat and low in carbs and sugar, he also recommends adding specific supplements to your diet- ALA, coconut oil, DHA, probiotics, resveratrol, tumeric and vitamin D.
Along with the book, I was sent these supplements to go along with the 4 week challenge.
I also received this coupon for Gold Circle Farms DHA Omega-3 Eggs.
Oh man, between these, our chickens who have been laying a good three to four eggs a day and my huge jugs, we’re set over here in the egg department. Ha ha.
His 4 week plan consists of a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates.
It’s very similar to the paleo way of eating except that it allows dairy and certain forms of fermented soy. It is designed to shift your body away from relying on carbs for fuel and using fat instead.
He eliminates the following foods:
- all sources of gluten
- all forms of processed carbs, sugar and starch
- packaged foods labeled “low-fat” or “fat free”
- margarine, shortening and commercial brand cooking oil
- non-fermented soy
Foods that can be consumed liberally on his plan:
- healthy fats
- herbs, seasonings and non sugar condiments
- low sugar fruit
He does allow for dairy, legumes, non-gluten grains, natural stevia and dark chocolate, whole fruit and wine to be consumed sparingly. Sweet potatoes are not allowed because of the high sugar content, but most forms of squash are. Yes, kabocha squash. Thank goodness. I wonder if roasted purple sweet potatoes makes the cut?
The plan also entails the addition of brain health supplements (as the ones I was sent pictured above), incorporating a fitness routine, getting restful, routine sleep seven days a week and establishing a rhythm or habit to be able to maintain these healthy habits.
I did agree to take the 4 week challenge as part of this campaign, yet I am aware I may have to make some modifications based on my activity level and training. I really like the whole idea of shifting your energy source from high carbs to fat, but as a marathon runner it’s pretty much the opposite we’ve been told. I was once told I should be “oozing carbs” at the beginning of a marathon. It’s kind of hard to shift that focus.
I don’t have any major races coming up in the next couple of weeks, so I will follow his plan as best as I can.
I will up my fat intake (hello more avocados and coconut oil) and consume less sugar. I’m not going to do anything too rigid, as I pretty much eat according to his guidelines anyway, but adding more fat sounds like a great approach to start.
These are the supplements I’ll be taking for the next four weeks.
The three that were sent to me as part of the campaign/challenge and a daily multi-vitamin and glucosamine (recommended by my prolotherapy treatment doctor).
So, with that, I’m off to tackle the day.
I’ll be writing a follow up post at the end of the challenge and once I read the entire book.
Has anyone read this book or taken his 4 week challenge? I want to hear about your experience.
Any thoughts on brain health and/or fueling with fat rather than carbs? I still can’t figure out how exactly I feel about it.