Jack Up Your Brain!; How to make your brain work in hyperdrive!


Emily Deans M.D.

The modern prescription of high carbohydrate, low-fat diets and eating snacks between meals has coincided with an increase in obesity, diabetes, and increase in the incidence of many mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. In addition, many of these disorders are striking the population at younger ages. While most people would agree that diet has a lot to do with the development of obesity and diabetes, many would disagree that what we eat has much to do with our mental health and outlook. I believe that what we eat has a lot to do with the health of our brains, though of course, mental illness (like physical illness) has multifactorial causes, and by no means should we diminish the importance of addressing all the causes in each individual. But let’s examine the opposite of the modern high carbohydrate, low fat, constant snacking lifestyle and how that might affect the brain.

The opposite of a low fat, snacking lifestyle would be the lifestyle our ancestors lived for tens of thousands of generations, the lifestyle for which our brains are primarily evolved. It seems reasonable that we would…..

Go to the article on the Psychology Today blog


“Eat Less, Move More” Model; a Sure Way to Slow Your Metabolism and Gain Weight

Those selling weight loss believe the “eat less, move more” model. They falsely believe all calories are equal and stored in one single compartment.

Those that believe in this model think if you’re using more calories than you’re consuming you must be burning body fat and will lose weight.

The truth is there is more than a single compartment of calories. There are actually multiple compartments consisting of fat and glycogen. According to Jason Fung, MD, The Complete Guide to Fasting,

“To burn fat, two things must happen: you must burn through most of your stored glycogen, AND [emphasis added] insulin levels must drop low enough to release fat stores.”

Doing both of these two things isn’t easy. When stored glycogen gets low of glucose your

May the Force Be With You! It’s where Ketosis comes from!

What I’d been told about carbohydrates from all the endurance sports coaches and nutrition experts turned out to really suck and now with this information I realize that it helped me underperform for the past umpteen years.

Well perhaps it may have worked in the past. I started racing the Ironman triathlon at age 50. From then to age 58 I maintained a decent race weight. Then in 2015 things changed rapidly for me. I gained weight even though I was doing everything the same. While training fulltime for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship I put in weeks of 20+ hours of training and I could not release 8-10 lbs around my mid section. I was also starting to have more inflammation and my performance decreased as well.

After some soul searching and asking the right questions, I switched to a high-fat low-carb diet and my health and endurance performance as an Ironman triathlete is returning.

Below is an article that says it better than I ever could. I’ll share my take at the end.

Eating Chocolate & Coffee is a GREAT Weight Loss SOLUTION

While it sounds too good to be true, research continues to suggest coffee and chocolate can be useful weight-management tools. Yes, you read that right!

Two of your (and arguably everyone’s) most craved and beloved foods might actually be able to help you lose a few pounds—if you work them into your diet the right way.

Both of these foods have been given a bad rap in the past. But accumulating evidence finds that regularly enjoying these two foods, while not directly causing weight loss, are indeed associated with a lower body weight.

Chocolate as a Weight-Management Tool

Not all chocolate products will do. The most widely available versions aren’t really chocolate at all but are little more than chocolate-flavored candies—low-quality, calorie-dense, sugar-laden treats that are often combined with an array of artificial ingredients

Lack Vitamins and Minerals? | Iron-clad way health solution

istock_000012911867xsmall-150x150Losing weight is an admirable goal, but not if proper nutrition is lost in the process. Most popular diets do not provide adequate intake of vitamins and minerals. These could put dieters at higher risk of  nutrient deficiencies, a new study reports.

Christopher Gardner and his colleagues from Stanford Prevention Research Center and the Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical School evaluated micronutrient quality of four diets—Atkins, Zone, LEARN (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships), and Ornish—and found each failed to provide adequate amounts of certain vitamins and minerals.

Read the entire article.

From Isagenixhealth.net