When shopping for your mindfulness diet it’s helpful to think in terms of energy and mood management as opposed to weight loss.
It’s interesting to note that the brain uses 20 to 30 percent of the calories we eat every day, and that when it comes to illness, mental symptoms usually precede physical symptoms. This means we might be feeling “off” mentally long before we get a physical symptom – all the more reason to pay attention to our mood states as they relate to food.
Spikes and dips in blood sugar are the main culprits to brain fog. Avoiding blood sugar swings helps keep the brain young, sharp and healthy.
Balance proteins, carbohydrates, and fats -balancing the three sources of calories is key to brain health. Stay away from any diet that asks you to eliminate one of these calorie groups. Think of building a fire: fats are the slow-burning logs, protein sources are the kindling, and carbs are the flames that give us quick energy.
Spikes an dips in blood sugar are the main culprit to brain fog. Avoiding blood sugar swings helps keep the brain young, sharp and healthy. Choose slow-burning carbs like whole wheat crackers. If you are craving sweets, don’t deprive yourself. Go for “clean” sweets like a couple of ounces of organic dark chocolate accompanied with a handful of walnuts.
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We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!