Let me start off by saying this is not a book review.  This is strictly about my experience reading the book and some of the changes I made because of it. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain Silent Killers by David Perlmutter, MD, is one of many books I’ll read and/or reread in my quest for optimal health.

From the book’s title you can already guess the message in the book. To the carb addict such as myself, or those addicted to sugar, the title is cringe worthy. Truth is that if optimal health included a diet full of carbs and sugar then most of us would be wearing a healthy badge. Based off reading this book here are some of the changes I’ve incorporated in my health journey:

  1. Started an eating plan (hate the word diet) that’s 80/20 gluten free and low carb.
  2. Made an appointment with my doctor to check my c-reactive protein
  3. Set a goal to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night (still working on sleeping through the night without waking up)

I stopped there because I know if I try to do too much too fast it will be overwhelming and I won’t be able to create new healthy habits.  Besides I want to gauge the benefits I feel from incorporating these items. If I change too much at one time this would be harder to do. I don’t expect everything I try to work, but I do expect my body and spirit to tell me what does and does not work.  If you are an “all in” kind of person the book gives you a four-week plan.

It’s only been two weeks but the immediate benefit is that I don’t feel as tired as I’ve been feeling and indigestion hasn’t occurred while on this eating plan. Additionally I noticed during my 20 per cent off the eating plan when I ate my beloved asiago bagel from Panera I experienced some serious head bobbing because I felt tired.   I also dropped three pounds, even though I wasn’t calorie counting.

Again, it’s a journey and until I’ve traveled for a while I can’t speak on the overall results. However, out of the gate, reading the book and my making the few changes I mentioned are on course and are pearls on this health journey.

Would love to hear if you have read Grain Brain and your thoughts? Whether you tried the plan in the book and if it helped you or not?  Or what have you found works for you on your optimal health journey.

Here is to our best Health, Home and Self

 

 

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