It’s no secret that a big reason Megan & I created Whisper Mapping was because we were both labeled as being ADD (Attention Deficient) and having a lack of focus. And ultimately we wanted to create more with speed and ease. I recently posted about some games I play so I create faster here.
Now, you may we wondering what that has to do with food choices. I mean, haven’t you wondered by my brand is ‘Real RAW You.’
Well, now that I’m clear and growing my business and blog on an epic scale once again. I thought I would explore one of the other lies I bought hook line and sinker about how I had to eat! And that has a lot to do with my love/hate around eating vegan and paleo. I used to think I could not eat vegan (and especially not raw) for too long because I would get too flighty.
At that time I started to eat “paleo raw” in a way that would include sushi raw fish, some raw cheeses, and some raw buffalo. And then after my trip to Paris last year where I just cut myself loose from any restrictive food ideas, I found my body not only getting heavy energetically, but I was also getting strange stomach disorders on a regular basis.
So, just for play, I’ve been reading a lot on what might be required for me to eat vegan with ease — as that’s what my body seems to desire. And when I choose more earth foods I find that I commune and connect with my body.
It’s important for you to know that I choose this way of eating because I have asked my body and it brings me joy. Wahoo! This change is also changing my body in very desirable ways from my skin, hair, eyes to my energy level and body weight.
Now, there are a couple well researched supplements I take to keep my brain clear and focused. I will add them on the bottom of this post. They just work!
Here’s the skinny on how food choices affects your brain for clarity and focus.
Your Happy Being & Brain
We have a group of neurotransmitter cells in our brain, called orexin neurons, that help to manage wakefulness. In addition to keeping us alert, orexin neurons are also important for weight loss; they are especially sensitive to shifts in our glucose levels, which rise with our blood sugar after eating. More specifically, when we increase our glucose intake and blood sugar levels fast with processed sugars, the activity of our orexin neurons decreases. With that decrease in activity, we become tired and our metabolism slows down.
This becomes problematic because our modern diets are increasingly sugar-heavy. When we eat a sugar-laden diet, our orexin neurons operate on a ‘new normal’ level of activity, meaning what was once considered the normal level has shifted downward. Unless a change is made that downward shift will continue. If our orexin neurons are consistently working at subprime levels of functioning, our energy and metabolism levels will remain low, which affects our mood, skin, hair, eyes, weight and even our clear ability to connect consciously with the plants, animal, trees and the earth.
Some foods (i.e. Paleo foods – real natural vegan foods) are better than others at regulating our blood sugar, neurotransmitter activity, and subsequently mood. It should come as no surprise that the foods that are better at controlling this regulation, are also full of other healthy nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Your Happy Proteins
Interestingly enough, foods that are high in protein actually increase the activity of orexin neurons. This is an important distinction for weight loss purposes because instead of feeling tired after you eat, you feel energized and awake. Thus, you’re more likely to remain active, which will lead to more calories burnt. This is on top of the fact that proteins leave you feeling full for longer, and at a faster rate, compared with other types of foods.
When we eat protein (seeds, beans, nuts, leafy greens etc.), our body’s digestion process breaks it down into chains of compounds called amino acids. To bring this full circle, amino acids are the basis for neurotransmitters. Orexin neurons are just one type of neurotransmitter; others that focus specifically on mood regulation include: Serotonin, Dopamine and Norepinephrine. Not only will eating foods high in fiber and protein change your body, but they’ll improve your brain as well.
Happy and Healthy Fats (Omega 3’s)
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in foods like figs, walnuts, avocado and chia seeds (aka healthy fats) and also provide a great source of food-mood regulation. Of their many benefits, Omega 3’s are thought to improve and increase how our brains form new connections between various neurons: They help to improve our memory and recall. In addition, Omega 3’s are thought to have a profound impact in improving heart function, decreasing cardiac incidents and reducing inflammation!
Incorporating these two types of food into your diet will promote weight loss and improve your mood. If you’re conscious of what you’re eating and putting into your body, gone are the days that you hit an afternoon slump or plateau in your diet. Everything in our bodies is intertwined so, in a sense, you are what you eat has never been truer.
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