Linda P.

A year and some months ago,  I weighed in at 244 pounds.  I had started cutting out sugar, but I really needed help with a healthy diet. My son-in-law told me about Grain Brain, and I ordered it immediately!

I started changing my diet right away. The weight just flew off of me and I felt so much better. In time I began to notice the change in my memory too!

I suffer from severe osteoarthritis of the spine and just about every other bone. I really needed to lose that weight and learn how to eat the right things. I will never change my new eating habits!

-Linda P.

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Rena Greenberg

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Rena Greenberg

Are your best intentions always falling by the wayside as it relates to following dietary advice? Today on The Empowering Neurologist, I interview Rena Greenberg, author of, The Craving Cure.

Rena Greenberg’s success with weight loss hypnosis and gastric bypass hypnosis has been featured in 150+ news stories including USA Today, Woman’s World Magazine, The Doctor’s Show, CNN, Good Morning America and ABC-TV Nightline.

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The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. David Ludwig

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. David Ludwig

Today on The Empowering Neurologist,  I interview Dr. David Ludwig. Dr. Ludwig is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Ludwig has published over 150 scientific articles, and presently serves as Contributing Writer for JAMA.

He is founding director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. OWL serves as a home for research into innovative approaches to treat childhood obesity.

Dr. Ludwig also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight. He developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one that decreases the surge in blood sugar after meals) for the treatment of obesity-related diseases.

Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, among others.

Today’s interview focuses on his new book, Always Hungry?.

From Amazon:

ALWAYS HUNGRY? turns dieting on its head with a three-phase program that ignores calories and targets fat cells directly. The recipes and meal plan include luscious high fat foods (like nuts and nut butters, full fat dairy, avocados, and dark chocolate), savory proteins, and natural carbohydrates. The result? Fat cells release their excess calories and you lose weight-and inches-without battling cravings and constant hunger. This is dieting without deprivation.

Forget calories. Forget cravings. Forget dieting. ALWAYS HUNGRY? reveals a liberating new way to tame hunger and lose weight . . . for good.

The book really does deliver in terms of both providing the science in an understandable way, as well as giving the reader a user-friendly, actionable plan. I’m really glad I was given the opportunity to read the manuscript for this important work.

Gabrielle H.

I started 2015 by adopting a gluten-free, low-carb lifestyle.

I had suffered from anxiety since the age of six, and added chronic stress to that when I was in my thirties. Many other symptoms would come up later, including irritable bowel syndrome in 2005, severe joint pain/muscle ache, lack of sleep, lack of concentration, depression and finally, a breakdown in 2009. Conventional medicine scratched only the surface. I was grasping at straws last year with my trying to exclude different foods from my diet, suffering acid reflux all the while. I would fall asleep to be awakened by a dead arm and, in panic, try to get the circulation back.

This regimen has saved my life. Within five days I started to sleep. Within twelve, I broke free of depressive moods. I have no joint pain or muscle ache now, no acid reflux at all. My gut feels like it’s been repaired. I do not eat any carbs and do eat a high-fat diet with extra virgin olive oil, coconut, butter, and the like. I feel energetic and feel my brain is functioning again. I am 63 now and am looking forward to getting even better. Last week, I started eating fermented foods like kimchi, red cabbage, and cauliflower. In a week or so, I will be excited to find even more improvement in my overall health.

-Gabrielle H.

Overcoming Your Genetic Legacy

Overcoming Your Genetic Legacy

Science has revealed something incredible: our susceptibility to disease is not predetermined by our genes. In fact, while our genes do carry with them markers that would usually lead to certain illness, what we’ve learned is that we can use preventative healthcare measures to control the expression of these genes. Now, we can tackle care proactively, rather than waiting for an untreatable disease to occur.

Brain Maker, building on Grain Brain, provides dietary and lifestyle suggestions on how to do this, and it begins with a low-carb, gluten-free, low-sugar diet meant to, among other things, help reduce inflammation and blood sugar. Doing so goes a long way towards facilitating the improvement of your overall health.

Jim W.

I committed to my new gluten-free, low-carb lifestyle 7 months ago, and have since lost 23 lbs., mostly in the first 3 months. Most noticeable to me is the reduction in body aches. I’m running twice the miles I used to because my body does not hurt like it did before. I simply feel better!

-Jim W.

Anonymous from Wicklow, Ireland

I’m a 38 year old female and I have epilepsy. I have focal motor seizures that mimic dystonia. I suffer from night seizures and occasional daytime seizures, presenting themselves as cramping in my right arm and leg, lasting 1-10 seconds. For most of my years, I believed this was a life sentence. However, I’ve remained mainly seizure free on a gluten-free diet and haven’t taken daily medication for years. I take muscle relaxants when I have seizures (about once per year for a few weeks).

Further, although I have remained mainly seizure-free over the last few years, I have been a terrible sleeper….very restless and wakeful. But I have had great success on my new diet and supplement regimen. I have never slept so good! I’m sleeping through the night and I feel so well-rested in the morning.

21- Anonymous from Wicklow, Ireland

A.K.

As someone who watched a bedridden mother die of Alzheimer’s, I have a deep personal interest in preventing this disease in my family. As such, I am always alert for leading-edge information on how to prevent this terrible illness.

Before my diet, I had been consuming almost a quart of buttermilk stuffed with corn chips every day. Add to that diet colas, other crackers and chips, and the daily oatmeal my doctor told me to eat, and it should be clear I was on a dangerous path. Once information about a low-carb, high-fat, gluten-free lifestyle was put before me, I instantly realized this was the information I had been waiting for.

I went to an olive oil store and bought a bottle, started eating grass-fed beef, eliminated grains, switched to green tea, and bought some stevia for (occasional) sweetening. I’ve also begun to eat more organic greens (daily in fact).

Previously, I also suffered from arthritis in my joints, especially at night when the pain woke me up several times. If a change in sleep pattern is any evidence that this diet is working, then it is worth it to me for that reason only.  It has only been six weeks, and the change is already AMAZING!!!

-A.K. from Destin, FL

Monica D.

I only adapted a low-carb, high-fat, gluten-free lifestyle a couple of weeks ago, and I already feel incredible! I cut out all gluten, wheat and sugar from my life, and have started taking a robust supplement regimen. Not only do I feel great, I even lost a couple of pounds!

I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 13 years old, diagnosed with ADD when I was 14 and at 21, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Recently I went to the doctor because I’ve been having migraines and feeling dizzy after my workouts. My blood test showed my cholesterol levels were low and my sugar levels high. However, all my doctor recommended was to stop exercising.

Despite being diagnosed with epilepsy, ADD, and polycystic ovary syndrome, I feel great! I have energy, no migraines, no dizziness and I even got my period back! I am even able to concentrate better on work!

-Monica D.

Gerry P.

In Grain Brain, and Brain Maker, I mention how important sleep is, and how simple dietary changes can improve your nightly rest. Great to hear this is the case for Gerry. – Dr. Perlmutter

My name is Tom, and I want to share the story of my wife, Gerry.

After being on a gluten-free, low-carb, high-fat plan for one month, the biggest difference I have seen is that my wife is sleeping through the night. Now that’s probably not a big deal for many people, but she has been a poor sleeper her whole life – 67 years. Its been almost miraculous for us as she normally has trouble falling asleep, then wakes up around 2 a.m., stays up for a couple of hours, and then finally might drift back to sleep at 4 a.m. Some nights she wouldn’t sleep at all.

These days, she goes to sleep easier, and gets a solid eight hours sleep every night.

For this reason alone she’ll stay on the plan. It’s an unexpected, but very welcome side-effect.

– Tom and Gerry P.