It seemed very apt that, prior to an evening hosted by one of Bristol’s ‘know it alls’ when it comes to what not to eat and what to eat, I was up-ended in the loo having a violent reaction to a mixture of what I had consumed that afternoon.
Wild Oat’s Michael Abrahams hosted an evening called Mood Foods which incorporated a talk from nutritionist Jamie Richards who in short advocated reducing meal frequency and increasing movement (exercise). Nothing new, in our society in particular, where being overweight is widely known to be a major clinical issue and precursor for disease. However his argument against the ‘little and often’ line was that the most abundant amino acid in the body, glutathione, breaks down to form gaba which in actuality serves to sedate the body. Whereas if we effectively starve the body until it feels hunger, glutamine breaks down into glutamate which speeds up bodily functions making you more pro-active and clear-headed. Hence why he advises businessmen to serve a huge lunch before sealing a deal, or to minimise consumption prior to presenting.
A second reason for not eating regularly is that each time you eat the pancreas effectively breaks down to cope with the food intake and needs up to 5/6 hours before it is ready to aid digestion again. Ultimately he reasoned that to avoid the food coma’s and the need for coffee to catapult us into the morning, we should be eating nutrient dense food (quality) rather than energy dense food (quantity). Along with the right supplements in our diet and enough exercise we should be able to get a lot more done in our day, on far less.
Other useful tips shared were –
Turmeric, fresh if possible, should be a daily supplement as it contains curcumin which benefits the immune system, liver function, bone strength and skin!
Water should be taken like food, all in one go and at prolonged intervals. You waste energy consuming water if sipping on it throughout the day.
Expressive free writing in the morning aids a more balanced mood throughout the day.
Some of these ideas seem contrary to popular assumption so I thought it was interesting to share – at least some more food for thought.
One more thing – our brain size is shrinking. In the last 10,000 years our brain size has decreased by 10%, and more noticeably since Nixon introduced high fructose corn syrup in 1976