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I am sure you have heard it and seen it all if you went looking for advice on how to lose weight. Stop eating Carbs, Stop eating Fat, Stop eating sugar, Stop this. Stop that!!
Well, the truth of the matter is you do not need to go on a low carb, low fat diet. You really need to eat RIGHT Carbs and RIGHT Fat foods.
If you are in a job that requires using your brain, well – that would be all of the jobs or no jobs at all. In order for your brain to function optimally, chose brain-friendly foods! Sound brain health is key to your overall wellness. It will help your brain grow healthy cells, neurons make healthy connections and operate efficiently. Being calm helps you manage stress eating better as well, if you are the kind that eats an entire tub of icecream because you are not feeling good, for no apparent reason.
Here is a shopping list for some brain friendly foods.
- Fish: wild-caught salmon and sardines (omega-3s)
- Berries: blueberries, blackberries (antioxidants)
- Greens: broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, spinach, collard greens, papaya (folate)
- Dark Chocolate
- Nuts + Seeds: almonds walnuts, ground flaxseed (omega-3s)
- Coffee, Teas, nootropics – such as Lions Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps and Chaga Mushrooms.
The best carbs to feed your brain comes from fruits and vegetables such as Berries, Greens, and really the old adage – eat a rainbow. The best fats to feed your brain come from Sardines, Salmon, Flaxseeds, Nuts, and Avocado. Not only does this fat keeps you feeling full longer it provides you with burst of energy throughout your workday.
Folate is a water-soluble B-Vitamin (B9), that is found in the greens like broccoli, brussel sprouts, bokchoy, spinach and collard greens to help strengthen the neurotransmitter function. You would also know it from the pre-natal vitamins that are rich in folate to prevent the NTD (neural-tube defects in the babies).
Papayas are rich in folate as well as great for general digestive health besides being delicious.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate helps in improving memory. Yum. I will take 2 please!
I am a coffee and black tea addict and with its much-needed brain-boosting side effect at that. While Coffee and teas are perfect for their energy-boosting properties they come with a very-literal addiction. The nootropics mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Chaga are great for boosting energy levels if you are not into coffee and teas. I have tried some of them personally and they are great if you do not drink coffee and tea and want to try a non-addictive and more beneficial alternative.
And here is another way to boost your brain. Learn to solve a Rubik’s cube. Play some chess.
Look deep, Josh. It’s there. It’s twelve moves away, but it’s there. You’ve got him.– From the movie and book Searching for Bobby Fischer
How many moves ahead do you see in chess?
Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #3.