These articles were once a $47 multimedia ebook (which you can download for free now). A specific diet of brain power rich foods is a corner stone of a Limitless mind. It's really impossible to become truly limitless without practicing a purposeful diet.
I have to admit something to you, yesterday I ate a package of cookies, it was my day off, I was just relaxing and I thought, you know I deserve a cheat day, why not? They were good going down, but then something strange happened. In the next hour or two after eating the cookies I was struck by how unhappy I became. Even though I was sitting on my comfortable couch in my comfortable apartment, in the center of a fun city. Even though, I'd had a kickass week doing the work that I love. Even though I was just a few clicks away from a massive digital library of television and movies along with books I've bought on subjects that interest me or social networks full of people who would be eager to meet me. Even though, I had a smart phone in my hand full contacts of people who I like spend time with, I just could not find even a modicum of relaxed satisfaction between my neurotic clicking, swiping and browser tab juggling. In recent memory, it really was one of the most unhappy states I've found myself in.
This brings me to an important point, food has a subtle yet profound effect on our mood. Checkout this article, by Ben of BrainProTips.com- Jonathan Roseland
There's no doubt that diet is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for dementia. In addition to having a neuroprotective effects, regular consumption of certain foods confers a clear cognitive edge (Cha-ching! -JR). I always enjoy getting a new computer with excess RAM, no lag, and no bloatware. To make a bad analogy: these brain foods will upgrade your brain so that it’s just as snappy as a new computer.
Just like sleep flushes the brain of toxins, some foods seem to reverse brain aging. Colorful foods, like blueberries, are particularly antioxidant rich.
A Surprising Connection Between Food Color and Nootropic Effects
There’s an interesting connection between how colorful a food is and its antioxidant and nootropic effects. Many colorful compounds (beta carotene, for example) are conjugated systems, with alternating single and double bonds. Note the alternating double and single bonds in the structure of beta-carotene, shown below.
There's an inconvenient misconception about nutrition, specifically that...
You don't need to supplement vitamins and nutrients as long as you are eating a healthy diet.
While eating a healthy diet is really crucial - it's one of the first steps of Biohacking, if you're sick, depressed or unproductive you should optimize your diet first - it's not enough.
You could spend two thousand dollars a month eating the finest organic food you could find.
You could only eat at the best health food restaurants in your town.
You could spend hours in the kitchen every week meticulously prepping your meals.
You could never cheat on your diet.
And despite your best efforts and accruing significant expense you would still be nutrient deficient and in none-optimal health.
A critical thinker may reply to this But that doesn't make sense! Our evolutionary ancestors were healthier than us and definitely didn't take fancy supplements. As long as you're eating a natural healthy "paleo" diet shouldn't that give your body everything you need?
This article is about what is maybe my number one lifehack - Coconuts, yes coconuts. I'm serious about coconuts. Whenever I learn a new language I start by learning phrases like
Soy el commandante del cocos (Spanish) - I'm the commander of the coconuts Я босс кокосов (Russian) - I'm the boss of coconuts Sunt regele nuci de cocos (Romanian) - I'm the king of coconuts
Coconuts are my number one diet hack because they are economic, simple, social, nutritious, delicious, and fun:
You can replace one of your meals a day with a coconut that is going to cost you about one dollar. I've eaten thousands of coconuts over the years while living in Latin America - South America - North America and Europe. Interestingly coconuts cost about the same all over the world, you would think the price of coconuts would vary significantly as you got further away from the tropics but even in Eastern Europe, during the winter time I could easily find coconuts for about a dollar. I always try to buy my coconuts from the fancy, organic grocery store in town, since I assume they are a higher quality supply and they still always cost just about a dollar. Nobody watching this can use the excuse; that they can't afford to eat healthy! Unless you live in someplace like Iceland, you can replace one of your meals a day with a coconut that will cost about a dollar.
Ideally the limitless way to consume food is to eat it raw. Raw meats, fruits and vegetables retain the highest amounts of nutrients. However, very few people are willing to make a lifestyle change to eating raw food all the time. The important thing to keep in mind is that when cooking, less is more, the less cooked your food is the more good stuff it retains.
Foods that clog arteries will naturally also reduce blood flow to the brain. Foods with higher glycemic indexes can cause harmful blood-sugar swings that steal money from your brain. Foods that are bad for the development and health of your brain often have the following characteristics:
High levels of refined sugar
Polyunsaturated & hydrogenated fats
Numerous food additives such as monosodium glutamate and tartrazine.
While the brain accounts for only 2% of the body's weight, it burns 20% of the body's calorie intake and requires specific nutrients for optimum performance. If you are like most Americans or people in the western world you probably do not eat a very limitless diet. You're been told since you were a small child that if you put bad stuff in your body that it would be bad for your body. The same is absolutely true for your mind. The types of sugars, carbohydrates, fibers, fats and acids you consume in your food has a major impact on:
Your mental energy levels
Your focus abilities
Your long and short term memory
Your deductive reasoning abilities
Your stress level
Prevention and reversing of aging effects on the brain
Prevention of Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's and other neurodegenerative diseases
All of the experts we interviewed strongly recommended eating certified organic food that was locally produced. Certified organic food is free of harmful chemicals and genetic modifications that rob the food of the nutrients your body needs. Many of the preservation techniques used to transport food across the planet can further rob your food of nutrients. As you can imagine the food that your find in Wal Mart, Safeway, King Soopers, etc is not produced to be nutritious or healthy and certainly will not give your mind what it needs. This kind of food is produced to be cheap and yield the maximum profits to the food conglomerates.
Protein should supply 15% of your total calorie intake, it is used to manufacture brain tissues, neurotransmitters, enzymes, and a variety of other brain chemicals. Select between 5 ounces (recommended for women) and 8 ounces (recommended for men) from animal protein from lean sources:
Fatty fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, and sardines, plus other seafood
Snacking the right way is a definite must for the Limitless individual. Snacking can debatably make or break your mind power lifestyle. The good news is that brain power snacking is delicious, easy and very affordable (in fact it may actually save you money)
The Problem: If you are the typical western workaholic this is how you eat (and mismanage your energy levels throughout the day): Skip breakfast as you are rushing out the door, pound coffee at the office, eat a big lunch, crash sometime throughout the afternoon, reenergize with more coffee, an energy drink or a candy bar, power through the rest of the workday, then head home to a large dinner and relax after dinner. This is NOT the lifestyle of a limitless individual. Not to mention these larger meals cost more in the long run.
Like the rest of your brain power diet there is a right way and a wrong way to eat out. This article will show the top 10 restaurants for brain healthy food fast along with best ordering practices for getting health food at casual and fine dinning 'sit down' restaurants.
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