As many of you know, yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with my good friend Dr. Oz discussing my new book, Grain Brain, and the role of diet in determining brain health. For starters, welcome to all who are joining me for the first time. I hope you’ll take some time to read Grain Brain and participate in the dialogue that takes place on my website and on my Facebook page.
While there were many interesting and important ideas we could have discussed, we focused on the primary and detrimental role of dietary choices favoring carbohydrates as actually proving toxic to brain health. Dr. Oz and I mentioned how Grain Brain is really focused on emphasizing the importance of adding back healthy fats to the diet as a means to achieve a healthy brain. Indeed, as I discussed, these dietary choices may well have a significant role in actually reducing risk for such devastating issues as Alzheimer’s disease.
Providing a visual of those foods that are and are not Grain Brain-friendly proved an incredibly helpful way for people to visualize our message. And we’ve really seen a nice response from that portion of the segment. Don’t let our small table of vegetables and fruits scare you! In addition to all the healthy fats and proteins we laid out, there are still plenty of healthy low-sugar fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your diet (think spinach, kale, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, squash, and blueberries among others).
Dr. Oz and I then spend some time on “the table of happy” where we talk about the ideal sources of brain healthy fats that should comprise a large portion of our diets. These include olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and grass-fed and free-range meats. Click here for a more comprehensive list of foods that you should be eating every day!