Grain Brain – David Perlmutter

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“This book goes outside the box of the layman’s accepted dogma – and away from vested corporate interests. It proposes a new way of understanding the root cause of brain disease and offers a promising message of hope: Brain disease can be largely prevented through the choices you make in life. So if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ll be crystal clear: This is not just another diet book or generic how-to guide to all things preventive health. This is a game-changer.”

“In fact, in  2013 study, researchers at the University of Connecticut demonstrated that people on a low-carb diet, eating whole eggs – even on a daily basis – improved insulin sensitivity and other cardiovascular risk parameters. In addition to their healthy cholesterol, whole eggs contain all of the essential amino acids we need to survive, vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants known to protect our eyes – all for the low-low price of just 70 calories each.”

“… one of my goals in this book has been to liberate you from ever having to count calories or grams of protein and fat (especially saturated fat) again. I want to teach you what to eat, not how to eat (i.e., how much of this or that). If you follow the guidelines and protocol, the fat, carbs and protein intake will take care of itself. You won’ t overeat, you won’t feel underfed, and you’ll be maximally nourishing your body and brain.”

After reading The Rosie Project last week I found myself thinking a lot about genes, and our brains. I saw this title walking through Indigo the other day and decided to check it out. I am so glad I did.

I started the Wild Rose Detox at the beginning of the year, as a way to reset my body for the new year, and rid it of any sugar or bad carb cravings I was having. Reading Grain Brain during the cleanse only solidified what I already sort of knew about how my body felt after eating gluten, or refined sugar. It makes me feel like crap. I LOVE doughnuts, so a trip to Cartem’s here in Vancouver was in order to celebrate having been a good girl on completion of this detox. I’m pretty sure the headache afterwards lasted for almost twenty four hours. I may not be diagnosed as celiac, but as Dr. Perlmutter brings to light in his book, we ALL have sensitivity to gluten, whether it is obvious to us our not.

Wheat, carbs, and sugars are now being discovered as the leading causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, and a whack of other brain diseases, and the numbers and studies featured in Grain Brain to corroborate this fact is staggering.

So wait Dr. Perlmutter… You’re telling me high cholesterol actually correlates to higher brain functioning? And that a diet that is majority healthy fats, proteins, and veggies is where the party’s at? Done. Bring on the avocado and dark chocolate baby!!!

If you’re interested in a very fascinating dietary read that goes against the grain (pardon the pun) of what the media has been spoon feeding us for a very long time, then check this book out. It’s definitely worth the time.

xo

OMPP

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