Category Archives: eating for brain health

DIETING DOESN’T WORK

We’re well into 2017.  Most of the resolutions we’ve made, which probably fall into the categories of diet and exercise, have probable gone by the wayside.  But not to worry, you don’t have to wait for New Year’s 2018 before tackling some of these things again.  It’s more a matter of why did you want to do it in the first place.  Let’s start with diet.  Chances are you decided to watch what you eat because you wanted to lose weight and possibly a few inches here and there.  That meant watching your calories.  Some of you may have even gone on one of the popular diets.

Unfortunately, history tell us that most people that go on a diet might lose weight at the beginning, but it doesn’t take long before their cheating.  Once that happens it’s a short hop to eating the way you did before.  To make matters worse research tells us that in time a large percentage of the people that go on diets will actually gain more weight than they originally lost.  That makes them heavier, and probably thicker, than when they started their diet.  You can ask yourself “Why?”.  You had good intentions.

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WHY DO WE EAT – PART 3

We eat because our brain and body have requirements for energy, tissue protection, repair and building.  We eat to help the structure and functioning of cells, particularly in the brain.  We eat to provide the vitamins and minerals to maintain the functioning health of our brain and blood vessels.  In short, our brain and body have functioning requirements that are supported and maintained by the foods we eat and drink.

Unfortunately, our culture seems to have lost sight of those needs.  We eat foods that are easily  available and promoted on TV.  Consequently, we consume an inordinate amount of simple sugars, foods with added sugars and saturated fats.

In “Why Do We Eat-Part 1” I highlighted the need for water and the problem with red meats easily available to us in supermarkets and fast food restaurants.  In “Why Do We Eat-Part 2” I highlighted simple sugars.  “Why Do We Eat?-Part 3” highlights the fats, or fatty acids, we ingest.  It all starts with understanding the difference between non-essential and essential fats., or fatty acids.

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