Obesity, poor skin, many kinds of sicknesses – all have one well-known cause: the food we eat. But nutrition is also responsible for a modern-day malady known as ‘brain fog’. That’s the feeling we get when our brain seems to slow down, is unable to grasp concepts, and just leaves us feeling bleh.
And yes, bleh is the scientific term.
There are ways to blast through that fog, like smart drugs, but nootropics work even better if there’s a good platform to work from. That’s why taking care of your diet is the first step towards a better, cleaner you.
And the journey of a thousand miles begins… in the kitchen.
Avoid Processed Foods
Reading a list of ingredients is a terrifying prospect. E numbers, additives, preservatives – it’s a nightmare. And half of them you’d have to google to know what the hell they were. Take pasta – ready-made pasta is barely different from poison.
That’s why you should make it yourself. It’s not so hard, and a high-quality pasta maker is much cheaper than you’d expect. Making your own food is the surest way to better health – apart from the psychological benefits that come from preparing what you eat, you know what’s in there too.
Chuck away your old, hardened plastic-tasting spaghetti, and release your inner Italian.
If you have to buy ready-made food, make an attempt to move away from artificial ingredients to more natural ones. An example of this would be quitting diet soda with it toxic sweeteners, and drinking something healthier, like pure arsenic. I’m joking. Mostly. But make your own fruit smoothies and drink in moderation.
Accept No Imitations
If you’re eating imitation food you’re not eating food. Lemonade that isn’t made from real lemon? Cheese spread with no actual cheese in it? Ugh. That’s a hard pass from me. Cut it out of your diet and your brain will thank you for it.
Bad Fats are Bad
Trans fats and saturated fats are the ones to avoid. You’ll notice fast foods are full of this stuff. Trans fats are particularly nasty. They’re man-made and they’re in doughnuts, chips, and snacks.
Rule of thumb – the more processed the food, the more it’s going to hurt you and fog your brain.
Rule of thumb number 2 – if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you don’t want it in your bloodstream. I’ll make an exception for nootropics because they’re actually beneficial.
Now, I’m no monk living in a cave surrounded by Michelin-star chefs. I live in the real world like you, and I know it’s hard to avoid fast food and processed treats. But I know that those chicken nuggets are going to ruin my productivity, so it’s a once-every-now-and-then type deal, and the rest of the time I’m all about fresh vegetables and fruit, and simple, clean cooking.