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Food for Thought

April 27, 2012

You are what you eat…..I bet you’ve heard that one before.

In considering how to write about nutrition and how the brain works I came across an article that suggested if you don’t want to jump on the raw foods bandwagon, then eat as much of the junkiest food as you can for a couple of days. Your body will react and you will feel ill. Perhaps his concept is a way to learn.

I know when I “overindulge”, whether it is one glass of wine that causes sluggishness and perhaps a headache, or the hot fudge sundae that causes gastric distress, I know it.

I suspect you do too. Or perhaps you have not thought about the connection. But now you will I hope.

We get such confusing information, like caffeine is a good short-term boost for memory and energy but too much can make you jittery. That glucose in all its sweet forms can offer a short-term boost for alertness, but the crash is sometimes not worth it, as well as the potential weight gain if activity does not compensate for added calories. That eating breakfast improves functionality for hours, but the easy heat-and-serve or take-out offerings actually are loaded with stuff that actually hinder concentration. We’ve heard about fatty fishes high in Omega-3, the benefits of chocolate, avocados, whole grains, blueberries and colorful fruits and vegetables……it really is overwhelming.

Many researchers including those at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service say that what we eat directly affects our thinking functions. Without a healthy and adequate intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, the brain simply cannot perform at optimum levels. So, if your diet is not well balanced with fresh vegetables and you do not want to drop the microwavable processed foods from your family’s menus, then at least take supplements. Food in pill form is something out of science fiction and you miss a lot of yumminess if that is your choice.

Unless this is too hard to think about…….eh?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2012 2:03 pm

    So, so true… I always pay when I’ve indulged in something I shouldn’t have. It becomes pretty obvious if you tune into what your body tells you.

  2. April 29, 2012 9:46 am

    I take supplements purely because our food isn’t as nutritious as it used to be. Veggies and fruits are bread to be larger/better colour/etc, but they don’t contain as many nutrients as they used to.

    • April 29, 2012 10:25 am

      That is true….so that is the reason tryng to buy local is a great option. By getting to know YOUR farmer, you know how the food you would get from them was raised and you can know it is fresh and nutritious!

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