Do you wake up feeling exhausted before the day has even begun?
Rubbish quality sleep?
Wired, tired and emotional?
Can’t form a single coherent thought or sentence before coffee?
Eat cereal or toast for breakfast?
Do you have about an hour of feeling ‘normal’ before craving more coffee or chocolate or a muffin?
The thing with these kinds of foods and beverages is they have a high carbohydrate, high calorie, high glycaemic index and high sugar content. This will spike your blood sugar levels and throw you up with feelings of happiness and euphoria before tossing you down 4 flights of stairs into a spectacular crash.
Did someone say “HANGRY”?!?
Unfortunately this is how most people get through their day, swinging from sugar and caffeine high to crash, and back again. This sends your blood sugar levels haywire and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal gland (HPA) axis off its head, the non-beneficial bacteria in your gut are throwing a party and you feel like roadkill.
Not really the recipe for great energy or building blocks for mood stability is it?
Before hitting the GP to riff about the emotional roller-coaster you’re currently on, have you considered how you could possibly change this by your Hans Solo?
How can you pull the handbrake on this roller-coaster?
Every single meal needs protein. Protein is a slow release fuel which increases satiety, it balances blood sugar levels and contains the amino acids required for our feel good neurotransmitters formation and function.
Awesome protein sources include: legumes, beans, tofu, tempeh, lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, yoghurt, cheeses.
- Good Fats
Fat is not a dirty word. Every single cell in our body is covered in a lipid bi-layer.
WTF does this mean?
It means that the couple of trillion or so cells in our body that enable us to function are covered in 2 layers of fat. If you’re not eating good fats, it makes sense that your trillions of cells are going to be shrivelled up sultana looking jobbies instead of lush beautiful plump grapes, ya feel me?
I’m talking – olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, tahini, avocado, butter, ghee, nuts and seeds, nut butter. You have my full permission to slather this shizz on every single meal you consume.
You are welcome!
- Complex Carbohydrates
Carbs are not the devil!
Carbohydrates are the food sources that are most quickly converted to glucose which is our brain and body’s favourite and most easily accessible energy source.
This is the reason when you’ve hit the HANGRY button, you want to eat allllllll the potato chips and chocolate. BUT! Did you know that veggies are also carbs? So along with being an amazeballs source of energy they are also chockablock full of antioxidants, fibre and mirconutrients too….
Can I get a YEEEHAAAAA!?!
You can also add: legumes, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth to the list.
Your gut and its microbiome have a direct link to your brain via the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve begins in the brain and wraps itself around your entire digestive system and impacts every single organ and cell in the body.
Read that again.
Every single organ and cell.
If the non-beneficial bacteria in your gut are having a party, your brain is going to know about it pronto. Brain fog, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, low mood, depression and panic attacks are all being driven by what’s up in your guts.
Tidying up your diet is the first step in clearing the clutter after the non-beneficial bacteria party, the second step is getting on to the correct probiotic. Probiotic strain specificity is crucial in addressing each individual and their needs. However, if you’re looking for somewhere general to start, the probiotic strain Lactobacillius rhamnosus (LGG) is the most highly and oft researched strain, it has serious banger capabilities in re-establishing beneficial core commensal bacteria in the gut which will support getting your brain-gut connection back on track and working in harmony.
The brain chemical imbalance theory behind depression is in the process of being dismantled, how can we expect our vessel to function as a 10/10 when society believes it is acceptable to feed it copious amounts of stimulants and food-like substances? The further we move away from whole and nutrient dense foods, the faster we are becoming riddled with inflammation and disease.
Doesn’t it make sense to keep it simple and go back to basics?
I heard an interesting quote today; in terms of wellness and endurance, Palaeolithic folk would be considered Olympian material in today’s society.
I’m pretty sure they were not chowing down on stuff from the drive through and expecting to be able to thrive.
What have you got to lose?