Oct 132013

Grain Brain.
David Perlmutter.
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When looking for my next audiobook on the New York Times Best Seller list I saw this title on the ‘Dining’ category (whatever that is). Besides the clever title, I was to surprised to see the term ‘low-carb/high-fat’ used in the book’s description.

The author’s credibility appears pretty substantial, being not only a board-certified, practicing neurologist but also a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. I look forward to hearing what the he has to say.

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  • Book Info

    Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
    by David Perlmutter
    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    Published: 09/17/2013
    ISBN-10: 031623480X
    ISBN-13: 978-0316234801
    Started: 10/13/2013
    Finished: 11/17/2013
    Source: Amazon.com
    Format: ebook

    Publisher Synopsis

    The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

    Author Info
    David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. Dr. Perlmutter is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia University, the University of Arizona, Scripps Institute, and Harvard University. He has contributed extensively to the world medical literature with publications appearing in The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Applied Nutrition, and Archives of Neurology. He is the author of: The Better Brain Book and New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated radio and television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, Dr. Oz, and The CBS Early Show. In 2002 Dr. Perlmutter was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders and in addition was awarded the Denham Harmon Award for his pioneering work in the application of free radical science to clinical medicine. He is the recipient of the 2006 National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year Award. Dr. Perlmutter serves as Medical Advisor for The Dr. Oz Show.

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    Jul 192013

    Low Crap not Low Carb Because of the weight I have lost this past year, I have had a number of folk ask me ‘how’. I started out on a strict Atkins style diet (this post) that is best described as LCHF – Low Carb High Fat (yes, you can Google LCHF). It is similar to the old Atkins diet except that it does not have the ‘induction phase’ or maybe I should say it only has the induction phase.

    I think the best way to describe my current diet is ‘Just Eat Real Food’ or JERF or as the image on the right says Low Crap. I have been able to cut most of the carbs out of my diet simply by avoiding industrial foods made in factories and instead eating, as much as possible, real honest-to-goodness foods.

    My first step, though, was to redefine ‘diet’ to not include ‘temporary’. (Maybe the better word would be lifestyle or healthstyle but those sound too cute. I will stick with the word diet.) I am not dreaming of a day when I can go back to eating crap. By removing the crap calories from my diet, I can now stand in front of a tray of brownies and not have the least compunction to pick one up. The sugar craving, constant addiction to wheat & sweets is gone. I am a crap junkie who has kicked the habit.

    PS. I have read a number of Paleo books and have listened to a couple of Paleo podcasts but I don’t follow a Paleo diet. I don’t know if it because the name is too cute or if it is because it seems to be a very subjective diet that has factions arguing for or against certain types of food based on their understanding of what cavemen might eat.

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    Nov 192012

    Today marked the finale of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Good Health is Good Business Challenge”; a 100 days of wellness program designed to promote the benefits of workplace wellness. Over 400 individuals signed up for the challenges and participated.

    The Challenge offered three ways to participate.

    1. The Lifestyle Challenge utilized a point system for participants to accumulate points for healthy choices: Hiking, yoga classes, annual health screening tests, etc. Individuals with the greatest points accumulated will win the Challenge.
    2. The Ultimate Challenge is all about the numbers: Participants had a confidential weigh-in/body fat measurement by the trainers from Gold’s Gym and repeated the process today at the end of the 100 days. Individuals with the greatest body fat loss percentage will win the Challenge.
    3. The Healthy Business Designation recognizes Chamber member businesses for developing wellness programs for their employees.

    According to the Chamber, research shows that employers who implement workplace wellness programs see improved employee productivity, reduced stress and absenteeism, improved morale, and retain quality employees. A side benefit of the Challenge, the top finishers of the Ultimate and Lifestyle Challenges will win $1,000 cash! Second place winners receive an iPad and third place winners win a $250 fitness package sponsored by the Columbia Basin Racquet Club.

    My Weigh-In

    I only signed up for the Ultimate Challenge. I had started my LCHF (Low-Carb/High-Fat) lifestyle (hate the word diet) almost 3 months earlier, had already lost 29 pounds, and felt I was going in with a disadvantage. But I also knew I was shooting to lose a total of 60 lbs, so really I was only half way to my goal and knew I could continue what I was doing. My BMI had started back in May at 33 (obese). I was shooting for getting my BMI below 25 (normal). At the Challenge weigh-in it was at 29.8 (top end of overweight). So, was it a disadvantage starting out having already lost 29 pounds or was I getting a running start by having already lost half the weight I wanted to lose?

    No idea, yet, if I won the Chamber’s Challenge, that won’t be announced for a couple weeks but I think I have a good chance at one of the prizes. According to their measurements, I dropped 26.5 pounds in the last 100 days, dropped my BMI from 29.8 to 26.2, and took 6 inches off my waist. I still have 10 pounds to lose to get down to a BMI of 25, hoping to hit that number by this time in January. Thanksgiving and Christmas are such social occasions, but LCHF has taken away my cravings for sweets.

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