My brain has been foggy all day. In trying to figure out why other than it is a Saturday, it occured to me that I was guilty of not drinking much water all day. So I started drinking some water. Guess what? I am in a much better space. It reminded me of the old adage “you are what you eat”. This also explains why a lot of ‘us’ are walking around with a lot more weight than our bodies can tolerate. Now when the body is uncomfortable with extra poundage, the fat glands start simulating your brain. It does a pretty good job, particularly in the area of giving you all the reasons why you should not go to the gym or workout in some way. So, drink more water, eat clean and exercise more. Challenge yourself to complete this 30 day challenge. You will feel better, loose weight and aquire some discipline in the process.
Suggestion for the day
Do 30 minutes of pilates or pilates-yoga fusion example PiYo or the video below
There is a book and weight loss program called “You are what you eat” also. Below is an excerpt from a write up about it.
And don’t forget water. “The brain is 70 to 80 percent water,” Milligan says. “When it’s metabolically active 10 to 12 hours a day, removing metabolic waste from the brain requires optimal hydration.” She suggests “super-hydrating” with two cups at the beginning of the day and avoiding “dehydrators,” like processed sugary foods, high doses of caffeine, and soda. And watch out for “brain fog,” which can be evidence that you need to hydrate.
Speaking of caffeine, “coffee depletes serotonin, which contributes to a sense of well-being,” says Barbara Mendez, a New York City nutrition consultant who works with many business clients. “If you have it on an empty stomach, that quick delivery to the bloodstream leads to more anxiety and stress.” So save the coffee for midafternoon, when your hormonal and neural connections often need the boost.
If you do just one thing, cut out fatty foods. Andrew DiMichele, chief technical officer of Omada Health, an online diabetes-prevention program, gave up fries and chips at lunch and found an almost immediate boost in productivity. “A couple of weeks ago, I let this slide, and it was a stark reminder,” DiMichele says. “Not only was I sleepy and un-attentive all afternoon, but I was in a miserable mood.”
Science bears this out. According to a Cambridge University study, after five days on a high-fat diet, the treadmill performance of lab rats declined by half. Moreover, the rats eating fatty chow began to falter on a maze test they had been trained on–finding only five treats before making a mistake. The healthier rats were able to find six or more treats. And as any entrepreneur knows, it’s all about finding the treats.
A 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that even mild dehydration in men reduced vigilance and memory and increased tension, anxiety, and fatigue.
Put Down The French Fry
A 2009 Cambridge University study found that high-fat diets made laboratory rats not just slower but dumber.
Sugar = Bad
A recent UCLA study found that a diet high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning. Omega-3 fatty acids–found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed–can counteract the disruption.