This Happened When I Ate Brain Foods For A Week

It’s peak season for blueberries, a great reason to revisit the benefits of brain-boosting foods

Fast Company – We know that there is a strong connection between your physical health and work performance.

I thought I was doing pretty well. I consider myself a pretty healthy person: I try to run one half marathon a year, and exercise four or five times a week.

But like most people, I have my unhealthy habits. After using the sleep app Sleep Cycle for a few months, I’ve come to realize that my sleep quality and quantity is not as high as I would like it to be.

While I try to eat a healthy diet of lean meat and vegetables about 70 percent of the time, I resort to junk food when I’m stressed and drink way too much coffee when I don’t get enough sleep.

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Somewhere in the process, my brain slows down and it becomes excruciating to think properly for what seems like a long stretch in the afternoon.

I’ve tried adopting “diets” for the sake of my brain and energy levels–but have largely failed due to its all-or-nothing approach.

Diets like the Slow- Carb diet, the Ketogenic diet, Whole 30, Paleo, and the Bulletproof Diet all tout amazing brain function as a result, but I hated their restrictive nature. The fact that a slip-up can undo a week of discipline discouraged me from continuing with any of those eating plans for longer than two weeks.

But since I notice a difference in my sleep and clearheadedness when I’m more conscious of what I eat, I was determined to find a plan that works.

A lot of Googling led me to the MIND diet, which was designed purely for greater cognitive function, as opposed to weight loss like most of the diets above.

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The best part of all? it’s not all or nothing, adopting parts of diet supposedly still gives you mental benefits. I was IN … Read more. 

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