I’ve become very interested in nutrition in the last year and a half. After a fateful meeting with a nutritionist in April of 2015, it was suggested to me that the way to fix my gastrointestinal upset was a full-out elimination of all the things that could be causing my issues (wheat, dairy, and sugar) for 8 weeks.
8 weeks. Without wheat. Or dairy. Or sugar.
Short answer…. yes.
But it turned out that wheat and dairy, while I miss cheese, and pizza, and I miss donuts, aren’t something I’m missing because I feel way, way better than I did in April 2015.
This sent me on a bit of a journey of finding out theories and some research on food sensitivities. Because I don’t have any allergies.
There are so many mixed opinions, theories, studies, whatever you want to call them… it’s hard to find which way is up in all of the science.
So when I had the chance to read this book, “Think and Eat Yourself Smart” by Dr. Caroline Leaf, I grabbed at it.
I have several thoughts, so readers, please bear with me.
My first is this. It’s very scientific. There were parts of it I skimmed through because they were a touch lost on me. That said, if you didn’t expect that from a book with the tagline “a neuroscientific approach to a sharper mind and healthier life,” I’m not sure what you would have been expecting. I find the science behind nutrition fascinating.
There were some interesting points on waste. There was a very interesting discussion on genetically modified and organic foods — where I’m not sure that I’m completely in that camp. I’m not totally anti-GMO, and that might make me a terrible person, but having grown up with grandparents in farming, and having had discussions with them ~ I’ll leave that off the table here because it’s not really the purpose of this post. But. Take it for what you will. If you’re full out anti-GMO, you’ll be right on board with that section. There was also a bit on the antibiotics infused into our milk and dairy products….. which is illegal in Canada and if found in our milk, it has to be dumped down the drain.
What really got me were the parts about choices and mindset, and how the conscious mind — not the subconscious mind — has the power to change and overcome toxic eating habits.
If you struggle with emotional eating, hurry, weird dreams, anything you suspect might be related to your food intake… I recommend this book. It’ll give you some ‘food’ for thought.
There are tips and recipes at the back of the book, so it’ll give you a good jump start at your healthier eating adventure. I just caution you that if you’re not as willing to give up every comfort food you’ve ever found as Dr. Leaf is, perhaps take the book with a grain of salt. But the book has great general ideas and tips if you’re looking for a deeper understanding of the connection between your brain, your mind, and your eating.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.