What kind of gas are you putting into your engine? Just finished watching a TED Talk about the power of dietary change to balance mood, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. The psychiatrist presenting talks about how in his practice he’s helped improve his patient’s mental and emotional health through nutrition.
The food we put into our bodies is the fuel to function. I’ll use the analogy with my patients that our bodies are a fine working engine. If I put sand in my gas tank, guess what happens? My engine doesn’t work well at all. My engine needs “good” fuel to work well. That fuel is the food I put into my stomach.
Ingredients in processed foods drive many of the factors that affect behavior and ability to think clearly. Excitotoxins are chemicals that impact your brain and can impact behavior too. Some of the biggest culprits are food colorings (any color with a # symbol, such as red #40), high-fructose corn syrup (Sugar), and foods that contain MSG.
Many families struggle with their children’s behavior on a regular basis, from irritability, to being over-stimulated, to just not following directions. This happens to us adults too. We just can’t seem to get the work done, can’t concentrate, and our moods swing easily. Be aware of the connection between nutrition, brain function, and behavior. And realize that many behavior and psychological issues can be managed or even eliminated with good whole food nutrition and regular exercise.
Hippocrates did say “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Here’s the link to the TED talk if you want to watch.
Remember to choose the right fuel for your engine today!! Call an All Cooked Up Coach today for your own personal training in the kitchen!