Sleep and Food Connected: How You Eat Affects How You Sleep

One of the central themes in Brain Wash is regaining the ability to make good choices. Not a day goes by that we don’t see or hear about another new book telling us how a specific diet, or other lifestyle change, will likely bring about health.  As you might expect, I know many of these authors (and I’ve been honored to host many on The Empowering Neurologist) and, these days, almost all of these books are absolutely providing terrific information. Where the disconnect happens is between information and action, meaning it’s all well and good to read these books, but thereafter, choices have to be made to implement the material that has been learned.

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A New Flavor for a Healthful Breakfast

I’ve received a number of questions lately on how to bring some new flavors to breakfast. While keeping in mind that a brain healthy diet is rich in a number of foods, I certainly have a few favorite breakfasts that are my regular go-tos on days that I decide to eat breakfast

One I’d like to share with you today is this delicious recipe for pumpkin breakfast pudding. It’s a great source of the nutrients you need to start the day, and tastes great without being full of sugar. So give this a shot tomorrow!

And in the comments, let me know what some of your favorite breakfasts are!


The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Larry Olmsted

One of the central tenets of my work focuses on the importance of eating good food.  When we talk about what constitutes good food choices, please realize that this goes well beyond simply the type of food, but also encompasses quality.

My guest on the program today is Larry Olmsted. He’s the author of the new book Real Food, Fake Food. The reason I asked him to appear on the program today is that his new book is extremely revealing in terms of just how deep and pervasive food fraud is in America.

For instance, he reveals that most of the olive oil sold in America is actually fake. He also reveals a study showing that 100% of sushi restaurants in New York City that were screened were serving fish that was not the type advertised. He goes on to describe the fraud that is pervasive in cheese and meat products here in America. Continue reading

Food for Super Bowl Sunday

Are You Ready?

We’re just two days away from the moment when most American’s will start to bend the rules on those healthy eating resolutions: Super Bowl Sunday. There may be the Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham, and July 4 apple pie, but few holidays can match the sheer number of calories that Superbowl Sunday packs. From wings to steaks to fries, and a whole mess more, I couldn’t even fathom a guess at how many calories are going to be set out across our tables come Sunday.

Now, there’s surely nothing wrong with plenty of the dishes that’ll be served on Sunday (as long as that beef is grass-fed!), but there will be plenty of traps out there for those who have quit gluten and grains. For instance, if you decide to have a bunless burger, you’ll need to know to avoid ketchup as well (lots of gluten and sugar there). Consider unsweetened organic tomato sauce.  I thought that, since I’m always asked what can be served to make a dinner Grain Brain-friendly, I’d offer a few suggestions for what you can serve your guests this weekend: Continue reading

Peter S.

Peter’s ability to point to these concrete examples of how his life has improved since taking on a Grain Brain lifestyle is wonderful. I’m so glad to see the many different ways in which this change has helped him. -Dr. Perlmutter

Two weeks after starting Dr Perlmutter’s suggested regiment I count these four successes:

  1. I am actually enjoying my meals. They’re more flavorful and fun to prepare.
  2. I was initially motivated by the possibility of lessening depression: my mood has been even, without feeling either manic nor depressed.
  3. No days lost to sinus headaches nor brain fog. This was a weekly occurrence for many years.
  4. I’ve laundered my size 38 jeans and put them away, hopefully forever. This was an unsought benefit but makes for a great encouragement to continue.

I am a 68 year old man who was given over to excessive quantities of sugary breads like cinnamon buns and doughnuts, as well as moderate consumption of beer and grain alcohols. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say Dr. Perlmutter’s book has changed my life.

-Peter S.

The Greatest Medicine

The sentiment of the above quote is something that speaks directly to the point I convey with my book. Grain Brain is all about how our diet is responsible for some of the most frightening neurological disorders around. A little more forethought, and greater consideration of how our actions impact our bodies, can go a long way.