Self Help

Eat Smarter - Shawn Stevenson

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• The author grew up eating a picky and mostly processed diet, consisting of fish sticks, French fries, canned vegetables, sandwiches and fast food. He describes his favorite restaurants as McDonald’s and having his birthday parties there.

• His grandparents cared for him and wanted him to be happy. They showed love through food and bought the foods they knew he would like, including processed and fast food options.

• His grandparents lived differently and had healthier habits like gardening and canning food, but the convenience of processed foods won out.

• His grandfather had heart issues and had to start eating differently, being told to avoid butter and using vegetable oil spreads instead. However, the author still mostly ate his picky diet.

• The author moved around a lot during childhood, living with different relatives in different places.

The key themes are how the author’s picky and mostly processed diet started in childhood due to his grandparents wanting to show love through food and make him happy, even if it meant giving in to his preferences and the convenience of fast and packaged options. Despite their healthier habits in other areas of life, processed foods became a habit for his caregivers.

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• The author’s grandparents moved back to their hometown, meaning the author had to move back in with his parents and attend a new school starting in third grade.

• The author adjusted to the new school but refused to change his picky eating habits at home, ultimately wearing down his parents. His family relied on food stamps to get by.

• As a high school athlete, the author was experiencing success until he sustained an injury during track practice that ended up being a broken hip. He was diagnosed with a degenerative bone disease and degenerative disc disease at age 20.

• An MRI showed the author had herniated discs in his spine, which the doctor attributed to severe degeneration at a young age. The doctor said the condition was incurable and likely related to the author’s 80-year old spine.

• Over the next two years, the author’s pain became chronic and debilitating despite medications. He gained 40 pounds and struggled in school. The various doctors he saw all told him the condition was incurable.

• The author felt lost, in chronic pain, and overwhelmed. His biggest struggle was not being able to sleep through the night due to the pain.

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The author had health issues that doctors couldn’t identify the cause of. They suffered from chronic fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, and bone density loss. Doctors suggested diet didn’t matter but the author suspected otherwise.

A call from their grandmother gave the author an epiphany. They decided to educate themselves on health and wellness. The author asked questions like “What are my bones made of?” and researched nutrients needed for bone health. They learned about epigenetics and how diet controls gene expression.

Making changes to diet and lifestyle led to dramatic health improvements for the author. They lost weight, slept better, had more energy, and their bone density normalized.

This experience motivated the author to help others. Though they didn’t see the “whole staircase” at first, they took the first step. Their journey impacted thousands of people through writing books, podcasting and speaking.

The key messages are:

  • Small changes can lead to big results over time
  • Food impacts health in complex ways, controlling gene expression and cell function
  • Educating yourself and asking the right questions can guide you on your health journey
  • Taking the first step is most important, even if you don’t see the whole path ahead
  • The author’s grandmother’s persistence and belief in them helped inspire the change

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• Food affects more aspects of our lives than we realize. It impacts our weight, health, focus, mood, longevity, and more.

• Pleasure and enjoyment of food are important for a sustainable diet. Focusing only on food as fuel is misguided.

• The gut microbiome plays a major role in how our bodies process calories and store fat. Certain gut bacteria are linked to obesity and metabolic issues.

• Specific hormones regulate fat burning and fat storage. Nutrients in food can impact these hormones.

• There are overlooked qualities that guarantee long-term fat loss, regardless of the type of diet.

• Our diets impact brain power, productivity, creativity and income potential. The brain needs specific nutrients found in food.

• Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for brain cell health and communication. Fatty fish are a good source.

• Certain foods and nutrients can literally increase focus, memory, problem-solving and cognitive abilities.

The key message is that food affects far more than just our weight - it can dramatically impact various aspects of our health, functioning and quality of life. Eating smarter means choosing foods that optimize our bodies and brains, allowing us to perform at our best.

• Food and body fat have an interesting relationship. Fat stores the food we eat as an evolutionary adaptation to ensure survival. Losing fat can be challenging because your fat is designed to keep you alive.

• Understanding the science behind how your body burns fat for fuel is crucial for effective fat loss. Simply managing calories is incomplete and ignores key factors that influence your metabolism.

• Body fat is an organ with complex functions beyond just storing excess calories. It releases hormones, communicates with other cells and organs, and provides resources when needed.

• Fat performs important roles in the body like holding cells together, making cell membranes, and aiding brain function through myelin sheaths that insulate nerve fibers. Without fat, cells would fall apart.

• Connecting how the food you eat impacts your fat levels and mental health is important. For example, “hangry” moods caused by low blood sugar show how nutrition influences emotions.

• Eating smarter can help tame mood swings, improve sleep and gut health, and achieve fat loss goals through fasting, stress management, and mindfulness around food choices.

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  1. Fat plays many vital roles in the body beyond just storing excess energy, like supporting brain function, absorbing nutrients, regulating hormones and temperature.

  2. There are different types of fat cells that serve different purposes:

  • Subcutaneous fat stores energy under the skin. It can cushion and insulate the body.

  • Visceral fat surrounds organs and is linked to higher risks of diabetes and heart disease.

  • Intramuscular fat fuels muscles but too much can lower insulin sensitivity.

  • Brown fat burns energy for heat production. Activating brown fat can increase calorie burning.

  • Beige fat has properties of both white and brown fat, and can “brown” to help fight obesity.

  1. What you eat impacts the different fat communities in your body. But the number of fat cells themselves stays largely the same.

  2. Fat cells fill up and expand as we store more fat, but cannot be created or eliminated after adulthood. Existing fat cells die and are replaced.

In summary, fat plays critical roles beyond simply storing energy. Different types of fat cells serve distinct functions, and what we eat impacts how these fat communities behave in our bodies. Understanding the nuances can help us manage and optimize our fat for health.

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  • Fat cells in your body naturally turnover and replace themselves over time. But it’s a misconception that you can “kill” fat cells. When fat cells die, they are balanced by new fat cells forming.

  • In obese people, the rate of new fat cell formation is about twice as high as in lean people. But the rate of fat cell death is also twice as high.

  • Even after significant weight loss, obese individuals tend to maintain the same number of fat cells. The fat cells simply shrink in size. This may contribute to difficulties keeping weight off.

  • When we “burn fat”, we are really burning the contents of fat cells, not the fat cells themselves.

  • Excess energy intake leads to fat storage in fat cells. This is known as lipogenesis. Lipolysis refers to the breakdown of stored fat to be used as energy.

  • The body preferentially uses glucose, then glycogen, before breaking down stored fat for energy.

  • The calorie unit was originally invented in physics and engineering, not in nutrition. It was later adopted for use in measuring food energy.

  • The calories listed on food labels are estimates based on simple calculations. They do not account for individual differences in digestion and metabolism.

  • Many factors make calorie counts on food labels inaccurate for predicting the true energy value of foods for individuals.

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  1. Digesting food requires calories, reducing the net calorie gain. Protein requires the most energy to digest, followed by carbs and then fats.

  2. Digestive efficiency plays a role. People with weaker enzyme production may absorb fewer calories from their food. Stomach acid production also impacts absorption of nutrients and calories.

  3. Some foods are more digestible than others. Processed foods may allow more calorie absorption than whole foods. Some foods may be resistant to digestion to spread their seeds.

  4. Cooking foods can increase the availability of calories by breaking down cell walls. Cooked foods generally provide more calories than raw foods.

  5. The microbiome, i.e. gut bacteria, influences how many calories are absorbed from food. People with more diverse gut bacteria tend to absorb fewer calories and gain less weight.

In summary, many factors beyond simply the number of calories in food impact how many calories the body actually absorbs. These factors include digestive efficiency, food type, food preparation, and gut microbiome composition. All of these nuances are often left out of simplistic calorie counts.

Here is a summary of the relationship between metabolic switches and fat loss:

• Fat leaves cells with the help of enzymes like hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), monoglyceride lipase (MGL) and adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL). These enzymes help mobilize fat out of cells.

• HSL is the main enzyme that initiates fat loss. It breaks down various types of fat.

• Insulin and glucagon are hormones that regulate fat storage and breakdown.

• Insulin promotes fat storage by allowing fat into cells. Glucagon promotes fat loss by opening the exit doors and allowing fat out of cells.

• When insulin levels are high, fat storage occurs. When insulin levels drop, glucagon and adrenaline are released which activate HSL and start the fat loss process.

• The liver acts as a “cashier” that stores excess glucose as glycogen and converts glycogen back to glucose when needed. When glucose stores are depleted, the liver releases fatty acids from fat tissue.

• Mitochondria burn fat to create ATP, the “currency” your cells use for energy. Their activity determines how much fat is actually utilized.

So in summary, a balance of metabolic switches like hormones, enzymes and organ function determine whether fat is stored or broken down for energy. When that balance tips toward fat loss, through the actions of things like glucagon, adrenaline and HSL, then fat loss occurs.

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  1. Inflammation is essential for healing and immunity but can become problematic if it’s chronic or in the wrong places.

  2. Chronic inflammation has been linked to obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions.

  3. The gut is on the frontlines of inflammation since it’s the point of contact with the external environment.

  4. Inflammation in the gut can disrupt the vagus nerve communication with the brain, impact nutrient absorption, and cause increased intestinal permeability.

  5. Increased intestinal permeability can affect the thyroid, brain, and liver, impacting metabolism.

  6. Diet-induced hyperpermeability is a concern, but the right foods can fix it.

  7. Prebiotics like asparagus, apples, and onions can produce short chain fatty acids that help reduce gut inflammation and visceral fat.

  8. Inflammation can also damage the liver, impacting its role in metabolism and hormone production.

So in summary, chronic inflammation, especially in the gut and liver, can dysregulate metabolic processes and contribute to obesity. But eating the right foods can help reduce inflammation and restore metabolic balance. The upcoming chapters will discuss specific anti-inflammatory foods to include in your protocol.

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  1. The liver plays an important role in metabolism, filtering blood, and regulating hormones.

  2. Inflammation can damage the liver and impact its functions, which can lead to issues like fatty liver disease and insulin resistance.

  3. Factors that can cause liver inflammation include: alcohol consumption, high carbohydrate intake, too many medications, excess supplements, environmental toxicants.

  4. The thyroid and brain work together to regulate thyroid hormones and metabolism. The hypothalamus controls thyroid stimulating hormone production.

  5. Inflammation in the liver, gut and brain can impair thyroid function and metabolism. Hypothalamic inflammation in particular has been linked to metabolic dysfunction.

  6. The hypothalamus acts like a thermostat that controls the body’s metabolic rate. Inflammation can lower this “set point” and make it difficult to burn fat.

  7. Following an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle can help reduce brain inflammation and support metabolic health.

In summary, the key takeaway is that multiple forms of inflammation throughout the body, especially in the liver and brain, can impair metabolic functions and make it challenging to lose weight. Adopting an anti-inflammatory approach is important for optimizing metabolism and fat loss.

  1. Inflammation and excess fat storage are interlinked. Fat cells can trigger inflammation which leads to more fat storage, creating a vicious cycle. Managing inflammation is important for fat loss.

  2. Hormones play a crucial role in metabolism and fat storage by communicating with cells. Imbalanced hormones can lead to issues like insulin resistance.

  3. Insulin’s job is to store energy but excessive insulin activity can promote fat storage and insulin resistance. High glycemic carbohydrates and inflammation spike insulin the most.

  4. Glucagon works opposite insulin by mobilizing fat for energy. Higher protein intake relative to carbs can stimulate glucagon release.

  5. Cortisol, while helpful in moderation, can become elevated and promote issues like insulin resistance and impaired thyroid function.

In summary, inflammation, insulin imbalance, and hormone dysregulation are hormonal and metabolic factors (“amigos”) that contribute to excess fat storage and difficulties losing body fat. Managing these hurdles is important for sustainable fat loss.

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Cortisol, insulin, and glucagon all play important roles in regulating fat metabolism and appetite. When cortisol is elevated, it can slow metabolism, increase insulin resistance, and make thyroid receptors less sensitive.

Testosterone and estrogen also impact metabolism. Abnormal levels of either hormone can lead to issues like reduced fat burning and increased fat storage.

Other hormones like human growth hormone, adrenaline and leptin also influence fat metabolism and body composition.

When you lose fat, most of it - around 84% - is exhaled as carbon dioxide through the lungs. Only about 16% is lost through sweat, urine and other fluids. So breathing plays a major role in fat loss.

In summary, a complex interplay of hormones works together to regulate your appetite and fat metabolism. Maintaining optimal hormone levels can help promote fat loss and a healthy metabolism.

The key takeaways are:

  1. Cortisol, insulin and glucagon regulate fat metabolism and appetite
  2. Testosterone and estrogen influence where and how fat is stored
  3. Other hormones like HGH and adrenaline are also involved
  4. Most fat you lose is exhaled through breathing, not sweat
  5. Multiple hormones work together to control your metabolic processes

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• Our cultures encourages overeating through large portion sizes, easy access to food, and constant promotion of food. This has conditioned our biology for excessive eating and difficulty regulating appetite.

• The hormone leptin plays a key role in regulating appetite and fat metabolism. When leptin levels are high, it signals the brain to reduce hunger and stop eating.

• However, many people develop leptin resistance where the brain becomes less sensitive to leptin signals. This makes them constantly hungry and prone to gaining fat.

• Leptin resistance is caused by inflammation, gut dysbiosis, and high sugar intake. Liquid sugars in particular damage leptin function and promote fat storage.

• Excess fructose from soda and fruit juice can lead to leptin resistance and visceral fat gain. They contain high levels of sugar that stimulate insulin and damage leptin signaling.

• Gluten can also block leptin receptors, reducing leptin’s ability to decrease hunger by up to 50%. Though completely avoiding gluten may not be necessary, limiting gluten intake can help those with health issues related to inflammation and metabolism.

In summary, overcoming leptin resistance through reducing inflammation, improving gut health, limiting excess sugar and potential gluten will be important steps to regulating hunger and achieving a healthy metabolism.

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The text discusses how hormones ghrelin and leptin play an important role in regulating appetite and metabolism. Ghrelin is the “hunger hormone” that stimulates appetite and promotes fat storage, while leptin is the “satiety hormone” that suppresses appetite.

When a person gains body fat, they become resistant to leptin and sensitive to ghrelin. This makes them hungry more often and drives them to eat more.

The text highlights how modern snack foods can trick the body. They are crunchy but have “vanishing caloric density,” so they don’t make a person feel full. They also have engineered flavors that overwhelm the body’s natural satiety cues.

The hormones ghrelin and leptin also help detect nutrient needs. However, engineered flavors blur the lines between natural foods and nutrient sources.

Other appetite-regulating hormones mentioned are peptide YY (PYY) and adiponectin. PYY helps reduce appetite and adiponectin helps mobilize fat away from the belly region.

In summary, the text focuses on how hormones ghrelin and leptin regulate appetite and metabolism, and how modern foods can disrupt these processes. Other appetite-related hormones like PYY and adiponectin are also briefly discussed.

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• Low levels of the hormone adiponectin, which is produced in subcutaneous fat, have been linked to obesity, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. Paradoxically, as body fat increases, adiponectin levels tend to decrease. Maintaining healthy adiponectin levels can support fat loss.

• The microbiome, the community of microbes in the gut, is the foundation of metabolism. It determines how the body processes calories.

• Changes to the microbiome can impact fat loss. Studies show that identical twins can absorb calories differently and gain fat differently based on their microbiomic profile.

• Building a diverse microbiome supports a healthy metabolism. A diverse microbiome is associated with health benefits.

• Food diversity drives microbiome diversity. Eating a variety of nuts, berries, and seasonal foods can increase beneficial bacteria like bifidobacteria, which produce substances that protect the gut and metabolism.

• Higher levels of certain microbes like firmicutes have been linked to absorbing more calories and gaining fat. A balanced microbiomic profile with sufficient diversity is ideal.

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Here is a summary of the key points regarding prebiotics and fiber:

• Prebiotics are foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut microbiome. They act like appetizers for beneficial bacteria to help them grow and leave a “bigger metabolic tip.”

• Several prebiotic foods are mentioned, including apples, asparagus, cocoa, and inulin from sources like leeks, onions, and bananas.

• Polyphenols in foods like cocoa, tea, and olive oil also support the growth of good bacteria.

• Fiber, including both soluble and insoluble fiber, is important for gut and metabolic health.

• Soluble fiber can support gut lining, gut bacteria, and reduce visceral fat accumulation. Insoluble fiber acts as a “bulking agent” and helps regulate blood glucose levels.

• Foods high in soluble fiber include avocados, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, pears, beans, and carrots. Insoluble fiber comes from foods like whole grains, beans, and some vegetables.

The key takeaway is that prebiotics and fiber, through feeding your gut microbiome, can promote weight loss and metabolic health by supporting the growth of good bacteria, reducing visceral fat, regulating blood sugar, and creating a feeling of fullness. Incorporating more high-fiber and prebiotic foods into your meals and snacks is a simple way to make your microbiome and metabolism healthier.

Here is a summary of the main points regarding insoluble fiber and bread:

• Insoluble fiber sources include berries, beans, sweet potatoes, whole grains, and other foods. Fiber helps with fat loss by supporting satiety and removing metabolic wastes and excess estrogen from the body.

• Resistant starch is a type of insoluble fiber that has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce appetite. Foods high in resistant starch include green bananas, beans, oats, corn, yams, and cashews.

• While bread can be problematic due to lectins like wheat germ agglutinin that can damage the gut, the entire story of wheat is more nuanced.

• Gluten from wheat can be damaging for people with celiac disease, but concerns also exist for others due to effects like triggering zonulin release that can compromise gut health.

The key takeaways are that while bread and wheat products have issues, fiber in general plays an important role in supporting gut health, fat loss and metabolism. Getting more fiber from foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains is beneficial, but increasing fiber intake gradually is recommended to avoid issues.

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• Gluten can disrupt the gut lining and increase intestinal permeability, potentially leading to inflammation, autoimmunity, and other issues. This is caused by gliadin activating zonulin and weakening tight junctions.

• Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, barley and spelt that gives dough flexibility.

• Modern wheat strains have been genetically modified to increase yield, but this has led to increased gluten sensitivity in many people.

• While gluten has some negative attributes, higher quality sprouted or fermented whole grains can actually support gut health for some people by feeding beneficial bacteria.

• Cooking and preparing grains properly, through sprouting, fermentation or traditional methods, can reduce the levels of antinutrients like WGA and phytic acid that are associated with negative effects.

• Sprouted and fermented grains are better than most refined grain products, which tend to contain high levels of fast-digesting sugars that unhealthy bacteria thrive on.

• Well-prepared whole grains can increase beneficial bacteria and support a healthier ratio of gut microbiome.

That covers the main points regarding how gluten and grains can have alien (or rather foreign) effects on our gut lining, but when prepared and consumed properly, they may actually benefit gut health for some individuals.

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Certain gut bacteria like bifidobacteria and lactobacilli can be beneficial for some people. A 16-year study found that occasionally eating whole grains was linked to lower body mass index and less visceral fat.

However, some people may be intolerant to grains. Each person needs a diet that works for them. Our health is always changing, so food choices should reflect that.

If you believe grains are problematic, avoid them. But if grains fit into your diet, include them in moderation. Make smart choices based on your individual health needs.

While beans provide protein and resistant starch, they also contain lectins that can cause issues for some people. Properly cooking beans by pressure cooking, soaking, and thoroughly boiling can help reduce lectins.

Beans can support weight loss by raising helpful bacteroidetes bacteria and increasing satiety hormones. Fiber from beans may promote weight loss.

White rice has benefits for some, providing resistant starch and removing potential gut irritants. Brown rice has more nutrients but can also contain antinutrients. Soaking and sprouting brown rice can help, as well as pressure cooking. The “winner” depends on individual health goals and how the rice is prepared.

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• Fermented foods have been valued for their health benefits for thousands of years across various cultures. Civilizations realized the benefits of probiotic bacteria in fermented foods before modern science understood why.

• Some of the best probiotic foods to support metabolism and health include kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, and fermented soy products like natto, miso, and tempeh.

• Kimchi is a spicy fermented cabbage dish from Korea that studies show can reduce body fat, blood sugar, and inflammation according to research.

• Sauerkraut provides around 30 different strains of beneficial bacteria along with vitamins and fiber to support the microbiome and metabolism.

• Yogurt studies indicate it can reduce inflammation and improve glucose metabolism, though full-fat and low-sugar varieties without artificial ingredients are best. Non-dairy yogurt options are also available.

• Traditional fermented soy products were consumed in moderation, unlike the many highly processed soy foods available today.

The key takeaways are that fermented foods contain beneficial probiotic bacteria that can improve gut health, metabolism and reduce inflammation according to research evidence. Selecting varieties with more live cultures, fewer additives and full-fat versions is recommended to maximize the potential health benefits.

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• Unfermented soy can contain antinutrients like lectins and phytates that can potentially be harmful. These compounds can cause inflammation, block mineral absorption, and impact thyroid function.

• Traditionally fermented soy products like tempeh, miso, and natto have many health benefits. The fermentation process reduces antinutrients and increases beneficial bacteria. These soy products have been linked to weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and higher antioxidant levels.

• Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, contains antioxidants, bacteria, and compounds from tea that may promote fat burning, support the liver, and improve gut health. However, it can potentially have a high sugar content and contain alcohol.

• Pickles, particularly those made through traditional fermentation, contain beneficial bacteria, electrolytes, and antioxidants. They have been linked to muscle cramp reduction, blood sugar regulation, and anti-inflammatory effects.

• Kefir, a fermented milk drink, is rich in probiotics that can potentially improve digestion, reduce liver triglycerides, and support metabolic function.

The overall message is that traditionally fermented and probiotic-rich foods like the ones discussed may provide health benefits related to metabolism and gut health. However, not all modern versions have the same effects, so preparing and consuming these foods in their traditional forms is recommended.

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• Protein is an underrated macronutrient that can help with fat loss in multiple ways. It can improve blood sugar regulation, increase fat burning, and reduce appetite.

• Protein has a higher thermic effect compared to carbs and fats, meaning more calories are burned during digestion. Around 20-30% of protein’s calories are used for digestion.

• Studies show that increasing protein intake, especially at the first meal of the day, can lead to weight loss, reduced belly fat, and better cholesterol levels.

• Despite the belief that many people overconsume protein, data shows that about half of Americans are not actually meeting the recommended daily allowance for protein, especially as they age.

• While very high protein diets may have health risks, simply increasing protein intake to a moderate level from a low baseline can provide benefits.

• The key is finding the right amount of protein for your individual needs and metabolic fingerprint, rather than following a one-size-fits-all approach. The aim should be optimizing, not maximizing, protein intake.

In summary, the passage advocates for minding your protein intake and consuming an appropriate level of high-quality protein sources to support fat loss and health, especially if one’s current intake is on the low side. It highlights several ways in which optimized protein can benefit metabolism and body composition.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding getting the right amount of protein for fat loss:

• Studies show that aiming for around 30% of your daily calories from protein is most effective for fat loss. This means multiplying your total calorie intake by 0.3 to find your daily protein goal in grams.

• Consuming a higher protein diet of around 30% of calories can increase your metabolic rate, boost fat oxidation, and improve satiety.

• The quality of protein matters, not just the quantity. Grass-fed or free range animal proteins tend to be higher in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that can support fat loss and hormone function.

• For vegetarians and vegans, sources of dense plant-based proteins include soy, legumes, nuts, and seeds. While all plants have some protein, concentrated sources are best for meeting protein needs.

• Protein helps your body make hormones that regulate metabolism, appetite, and fat burning. Without enough high-quality protein, these hormone functions can become inefficient.

So in summary, aiming for around 30% of your daily calories from high-quality protein sources can optimize your hormone function to support fat loss. You may need to experiment to dial in the right amount for your individual metabolism and goals.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding well-researched sources on going from vegetarian to vegan and from more whole food-based to more processed:

• Eggs can be a healthful source of whole food protein, with studies showing they can aid in weight loss and reduce heart disease risk. However, the cholesterol and fat content is still a concern for some.

• Dairy can be controversial due to lactose intolerance, milk allergies, and the connection to asthma and allergies in some people. However, fermented dairy and butter can be tolerated by some who are lactose intolerant, and certain populations can consume dairy without issues. Full-fat dairy has also been linked to health benefits in some studies.

• The healthfulness of processed foods depends on the specific food. While some processed foods can be nutritious if they have few ingredients and limited additives, highly processed foods tend to be high in unhealthy fats, sugar, and calories with low nutritional value.

• Whole foods tend to be the most nutritious option, as they provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial plant compounds. However, some processed foods in moderation can still fit into an overall healthy diet.

• When going vegan, it is important to pay attention to getting enough protein, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and other key nutrients that are more abundant in animal foods. Plant-based protein sources and supplements can help meet these needs on a vegan diet.

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Here is a summary of the key points regarding plant-based protein sources:

• Dairy foods can be a good source of protein but the quality matters. Grass-fed dairy contains more CLA and vitamin K2, which can boost metabolism and satiety. However, dairy tends to be higher in fat and carbs compared to protein.

• Beans, peas, and lentils are carb-dominant but the fiber helps reduce the net carb impact. They can improve insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and support gut health. However, they are not complete proteins on their own.

• Nuts and seeds are fat-dominant so consume in moderation. They contain healthy fats that can benefit metabolism. Almonds in particular, both before and between meals, have been shown to help reduce body fat and visceral fat.

• Overall, these plant-based protein sources can be part of a balanced diet but are not ideal as a primary protein source due to their carb and fat content. Combining different sources ensures you get all essential amino acids. Carbohydrate intake needs to be monitored even when eating higher-fiber foods.

The key things to keep in mind are the quality of the foods, how much you consume, and combining different plant proteins to get a complete amino acid profile. With proper portioning and a varied diet, beans, nuts, seeds, and lesser amounts of dairy can definitely fit into a healthy plant-based protein plan.

• Studies show that almonds did not significantly improve body composition in participants compared to the control group. However, almond eaters did have reduced total cholesterol levels and an improved cholesterol ratio.

• Almonds are considered a “fat-fighting” food, but they are most effective when consumed at the beginning of a meal in their raw or dehydrated form. Cooked almonds lose some nutrients and may increase inflammation.

• There are many almond-based products like almond flour, butter, and milk that provide similar benefits as whole almonds. Unsweetened almond milk has a lower carb and sugar content compared to cow’s milk.

• Peanut butter is popular but peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts. Peanut butter still provides health benefits like improved glucose control. However, some people develop allergies or sensitivities to peanuts.

• There are alternatives to peanut butter like nut and seed butters that provide similar benefits without the potential allergy issues.

• Seeds like hemp and pumpkin seeds are good plant protein sources that also help with blood glucose control. They provide protein, fatty acids, and minerals.

• Spirulina and chlorella are potent protein-rich algae that can support weight loss, metabolic function, and glucose control due to their high chlorophyll and nutrient content.

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  • Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) blue-green algae is approximately 60% protein by weight, high in chlorophyll and nutrients. It may support metabolism and prevent fatty liver disease.

  • Some grains like quinoa, oats and amaranth are good sources of plant-based protein, around 15% protein and 13% fat. They may help reduce inflammation and balance hormones.

  • Protein powders can supplement an otherwise healthy diet but should not replace whole foods. Whey protein is one of the most studied and effective types. It can help with weight loss, fat loss and muscle gain.

  • The quality of protein powders varies widely. Some may contain toxins, contaminants and unnecessary ingredients. Choose higher quality options.

  • Whole food protein sources are generally more nutritious than protein powders, but intelligently-produced supplements can be helpful when used properly.

Overall, the key takeaway is that a variety of whole food and supplemental protein sources can support metabolism, body composition and performance goals when consumed as part of a balanced diet. Quality is important, especially with protein powders.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding carbohydrates:

• Carbohydrates can help you gain energy and performance but can also cause issues if consumed in excess. They need to be managed properly.

• Different carbohydrates affect your body differently. Simple carbs like sweets and breads can spike blood sugar and insulin, while complex carbs from vegetables provide fiber.

• There is a tipping point where your carb intake starts supporting fat gain instead of fat loss. This depends on the individual’s body and lifestyle.

• Lowering carbs, even without calorie counting, can improve metabolism, fat loss and health markers. The carb ratio is important.

• Your carbohydrate tipping point is the amount of carbs you can eat to provide balanced energy, optimal hormones and satiety while also supporting fat loss.

• The tipping point can be found by decreasing carbs until you see fat loss results while still having enough energy and avoiding cravings. Then you find your optimal carb intake.

• The key is to make carb adjustments to find what works best for your body, instead of strictly following a generic diet plan that may not be optimal for you.

That’s a summary of the main points regarding managing carbohydrates in a smart and sustainable way for your individual goals. Let me know if you would like me to clarify or expand on anything here.

  1. Finding your ideal carbohydrate intake requires listening to your body’s cues like hunger, energy, and cravings. It should lead to no hunger between meals, no cravings, and increased energy.

  2. Even on a ketogenic diet, you need to adhere to your body’s carbohydrate threshold to avoid kicking yourself out of ketosis. The goal is to have metabolic flexibility to use different fuels.

  3. The amount of carbs you need varies from person to person. Reducing carbs for most people will likely be metabolically beneficial.

  4. Research shows people have vastly different responses to different carb sources due to genetics, microbiome, and body composition. Some “healthy” carbs like bananas spike blood sugar for some people.

  5. Many modern fruits have been bred to be larger and higher in sugar. While providing nutrients, high-sugar fruit can be problematic for some.

In summary, the key takeaways are to listen to your body’s cues, aim for the right amount and types of carbs for you, and be aware that individual responses to carbs vary greatly. Reducing carbs for most will be beneficial but some people still require a certain amount.

Here’s a summary of the key points regarding carbohydrates and fat loss:

• Experts claim that fruit can cause obesity due to its high sugar and fructose content. While fructose has a lower glycemic index, overeating fructose can overwhelm the liver and increase fat storage.

• However, fruit in moderation provides benefits like supporting the microbiome and satiety. Studies show that regular fruit eaters tend to have lower body fat. The key is to limit amounts of sweet fruit and focus more on lower sugar fruits and vegetable-like fruits.

• Many commonly consumed “vegetables” like tomatoes, eggplants, and cucumbers are technically fruits botanically. But they are used more like vegetables in cooking.

• Vegetables, including fruit vegetables, support weight loss and are protective against weight gain. Eating more than 4 servings of vegetables per day is linked to the lowest risk of weight gain.

• The timing of carb intake matters. Studies show eating high carb breakfasts leads to more weight gain and less fat loss compared to higher protein/fat breakfasts. Shifting carbs to later in the day can improve metabolic health.

The overall conclusion is that while carbs themselves are not “bad,” focusing on whole, high fiber carbs like fruits and vegetables in moderate amounts and at the right times of day can support fat loss and metabolic health. Overeating processed or refined carbs, especially at breakfast, tends to be less optimal.

• The night-carbers who ate more carbs later in the day had greater weight loss, reduced waist circumference, and greater fat loss compared to conventional calorie-restricted dieters.

• They also saw improvements in metabolic markers like blood sugar, insulin sensitivity, cholesterol, inflammation, leptin and adiponectin.

• Shifting carbs to later in the day works because eating carbs later replenishes muscle glycogen stores first before excess carbs turn to fat, while in the morning your body preferentially burns glycogen reserves instead of stored body fat when fewer carbs are available.

• Eating carbs in the morning stimulates appetite, making it harder to maintain a calorie deficit for weight loss.

• Consuming carbs and protein after exercise has been show to replenish muscle glycogen and improve strength and body composition more than consuming carbs before exercise.

• Exercising in a fasted state forces your body to tap into glycogen and fat reserves sooner.

• High intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training through lifting weights can burn more calories overall and aid fat loss, but any exercise you enjoy and will stick with is best.

The key takeaway is that shifting carb intake to later in the day, especially after exercise, helps your body utilize carbs more efficiently for replenishing muscle glycogen rather than storing them as fat.

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Here’s a summary of the key points regarding post-workout carbs and dietary fat:

• Post-workout carb intake, especially in large amounts of rapidly absorbing carbs like maltodextrin, can reduce the body’s ability to burn maximum fat after exercise. The study subjects consumed up to 221 grams of carbs post-workout.

• While excess carb intake may blunt some benefits of exercise, it likely doesn’t negate them completely. The main factor for fat loss is food choices overall.

• Non-starchy vegetables are the most beneficial carbs for fat loss. They increase fat burning and protect against fat gain.

• Focus on adding more nutrient-dense, fat loss-supportive foods rather than restricting “unhealthy” foods. Have a big salad before a higher-carb meal to activate satiety hormones and support fat loss.

• Dietary fat has a bad reputation, but it was falsely associated with body fat. In reality, dietary fat plays important roles in the metabolism and can support fat loss when consumed in moderation.

• Different types of dietary fats include saturated, unsaturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. These fats have varying effects and benefits.

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• Fats are made up of mostly carbon and hydrogen atoms arranged in different ways. The way the atoms are arranged determines the name and effects of the fat.

• Saturated fats have single bonds between carbon atoms, making them stable and solid at room temperature. Recent studies show that saturated fats in whole foods do not increase heart disease risk and may even promote weight loss and reduce inflammation.

• Monounsaturated fats have one or more double bonds, making them liquid at room temperature but also more fragile. Sources include olive oil, nuts, avocados and butter. They can improve blood sugar control, support weight loss and raise levels of satiety hormones.

• Omega-7 fatty acids are monounsaturated fats that act like hormones to regulate other fats in the body. They promote weight loss, reduce insulin resistance and lower blood fats.

• Diversifying the types of fats in your diet from different whole food sources is important to reap the benefits and minimize any risks.

In summary, the text argues that saturated and monounsaturated fats from whole food sources, if incorporated into a balanced diet, can offer health benefits rather than harm when it comes to weight loss, blood sugar control and inflammation. Omega-7 fatty acids are highlighted as a particularly beneficial type of monounsaturated fat.

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The text discusses various types of fats and their effects on metabolism and fat loss. It starts by summarizing findings related to omega-7 fatty acids, which were found to downregulate proinflammatory genes and reduce inflammation.

It then mentions studies on omega-9 fatty acids, found in olive oil, which were linked to greater weight loss compared to low-fat diets. However, olive oil is heat-sensitive and prone to oxidation, so it’s best used for lower temperature cooking and dressings.

The text then discusses polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA found in fatty fish, were found to raise metabolic rate, reduce belly fat, and have anti-inflammatory properties. ALA, the main omega-3 in plants, is not as effective but some can be converted to EPA and DHA.

The text then notes that among omega-6s, GLA and CLA have shown promise for fat loss. CLA, especially from grass-fed butter, was linked to body fat loss in several studies.

In summary, the different types of fatty acids were found to impact metabolism and fat loss in various ways, with omega-3 EPA/DHA and CLA showing the most beneficial effects. The text recommends including a diversity of fat sources in the diet.

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  1. The text discusses the health benefits of consuming butter in moderation. It mentions a study showing that each tablespoon of butter was linked to a 4% lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Grass-fed butter also contains higher levels of CLA which can reduce inflammation.

  2. The text focuses on the role of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It notes that while omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, omega-6 linoleic acid appears to be pro-inflammatory. However, this depends more on the total omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in the diet.

  3. The text argues that excessive omega-6 intake from vegetable oils and processed foods has changed the typical diet from a 3:1 omega 6 to omega 3 ratio to around 17:1. This imbalance can cause chronic inflammation and obesity.

  4. The text recommends consuming a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Cooking with vegetable oils is not recommended. Omega-3 rich foods and grass-fed butter should be prioritized.

  5. The text briefly discusses alcohol, noting that it provides 7 calories per gram and is metabolized quickly, potentially hindering fat loss.

  6. In summary, the text advocates a diet with moderate amounts of healthy fats like butter and omega-3 rich foods, while limiting intake of industrial vegetable oils and excessive omega-6 fatty acids to support fat loss and reduce inflammation.

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Here is a summary of the key points regarding alcohol consumption and weight loss:

• Light to moderate alcohol intake (up to 1-2 drinks per day) does not seem to significantly impact obesity risk in the short term. However, long-term alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, can lead to fat sparing and suppression of fat oxidation. This can result in higher body fat over time.

• Heavy drinking is clearly linked to increased obesity risk and visceral fat accumulation.

• Alcohol can inhibit the hormone leptin, which regulates hunger and satiety. This can cause people to eat more and make poorer food choices when drinking.

• The type of alcohol matters. Mixed drinks and those with added sugars are more likely to negatively impact weight loss efforts.

• Alcohol can disrupt gut bacteria, leading to dysbiosis and a microbiome that is less supportive of metabolism and fat loss. Red wine in moderation may help maintain a healthier microbiome.

• Beyond weight loss, excessive alcohol intake can lead to various health issues like addiction, liver damage, and reduced cognitive function.

• Staying well hydrated with water can help promote fat loss by triggering the release of stored body fat, increasing metabolic rate, and burning additional calories.

In summary, while alcohol in moderation likely does not significantly impact weight loss, excessive alcohol intake makes fat loss more difficult through various physiological pathways. Staying hydrated with water can support metabolism and fat loss. Mindful drinking and quality of alcoholic beverages consumed makes a difference.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding the system associated with water in the body:

• Water is essential for numerous metabolic processes in the body, including maintaining DNA, mitochondrial function, blood integrity, immune system functions, hormone and neurotransmitter transmission, brain function, and temperature regulation.

• The brain, which regulates metabolism, requires water to function properly. Dehydration can damage hypothalamic function.

• The type of water matters. Distilled water or water without minerals can dehydrate cells, while water with too many minerals can also be problematic.

• Spring water and remineralized filtered water tend to be the most ideal forms of hydrated water.

• Tap water may contain trace amounts of pharmaceutical chemicals that are excreted in human waste and make their way back into the water supply. Filters can remove some contaminants but you “become the filter” if you don’t use one.

• There is no exact amount of water needed. The key is listening to your body’s thirst cues and regarding urine color as an indicator of hydration. Generally, more clear or pale yellow urine indicates sufficient hydration.

The main takeaway is that water is critically important for metabolic processes but both the amount and source of the water matters for optimal hydration and health.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding water intake and BPA:

• The standard recommendation of 8 glasses of water per day does not account for individual factors like weight, activity levels, and health. There is no hard science on the exact amount of water needed, but most people don’t drink enough.

• A simple formula to determine baseline water needs is to take your body weight in pounds and divide by 2. This gives the number of ounces of water to aim for each day. For example, a 150 pound person should aim for 75 ounces of water.

• The best ways to ensure enough water intake are: -Drink 16 to 30 ounces within 10 minutes of waking up. This “inner bath” helps flush waste, boost metabolism, and get an early start on hydration. -Keep water with you at all times. Have a bottle you like using to make it easy.

• BPA is a compound in plastic that can leach into water stored in plastic bottles. While small amounts may not be harmful, studies show that BPA can disrupt hormones and is linked to issues like infertility, obesity, and weight gain.

• Though “BPA-free” is better, compounds like BPS and BPF in some plastics can also be harmful. When possible, avoid storing water in plastic for long periods. But staying hydrated is still the priority.

Overall, optimal hydration through following a tailored water intake strategy and minimizing plastic exposure can support a healthy metabolic and endocrine system. But water intake remains the most important factor.

  1. Micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants play an important role in optimizing hormone function and metabolism. They support mitochondria, which produce energy in cells.

  2. Consuming real, whole foods is essential for obtaining micronutrients and supporting gene expression. Processed and artificial foods cannot provide the same benefits.

  3. Epigenetics shows that environmental factors like diet can influence which genes are expressed. Eating real food helps regulate gene expression in a positive way.

  4. Processed and celebrity-endorsed foods have become normalized, while real food lacks publicity. However, celebrities could help raise awareness of the benefits of whole foods.

  5. The author recommends following an “80+ Rule” to target 80% or more of one’s diet with whole, real foods. This helps optimize hormone and genetic potential.

In summary, focusing on micronutrients through a diet high in real, whole foods is key to supporting optimal hormone function and gene expression, which in turn helps promote fat loss and health. Eating mostly unprocessed foods allows the body to harness the full benefits of the nutrients in that food.

• Every food has some value, though some are more valuable and health-supporting than others. The key is to focus on real, whole foods 80% of the time and reserve 20% for higher quality treats.

• Micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants regulate gene expression and are essential for metabolic processes. Chronic micronutrient deficiency can lead to overeating.

• Blueberries and cherries are “fit fruits” that are packed with micronutrients and antioxidants. They have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and potentially shrink fat cells.

• Nuts and seeds, like almonds and chia seeds, are high in fiber, healthy fats, and micronutrients. They can support metabolism and hormone balance.

• Though candy and chocolate bars are often unhealthy, cacao or cocoa in its raw form contains flavonoids that can improve the gut microbiome and potentially aid in fat loss.

The key takeaways are that a diet focused on whole, micronutrient-rich foods like fruits, nuts, and seeds while limiting overly processed foods can help optimize gene expression and hormones to support fat loss and metabolic health.

• A study found that people on a low-carb diet who ate an additional serving of dark chocolate daily lost 10% more weight compared to those on the same diet without chocolate. Dark chocolate contains helpful micronutrients like magnesium, iron and copper.

• Another study showed that people on a calorie-restricted diet who ate almonds lost twice as much weight and body fat compared to those on the same diet without almonds. Almonds are a source of micronutrients like magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and B vitamins.

• Eggs, especially the yolks, contain vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, choline, zinc and vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a role in fat loss by supporting metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Duck eggs have higher levels of omega-3 fats and vitamin D compared to chicken eggs.

• Fatty fish and lean fish contain nutrients that can promote fat loss and metabolism. Fish also provide omega-3 fatty acids which can suppress body fat growth.

• Seaweeds like kelp are a source of iodine and calcium, both of which help thyroid function and metabolic rate. Kelp also contains high amounts of bioavailable calcium to support fat loss.

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  1. Calcium intake can downregulate enzymes that create fat and decrease triglycerides, promoting fat loss.

  2. Seaweeds like kelp, hijiki, and wakame contain fucoxanthin, which boosts brown adipose tissue activity and metabolism, while reducing white adipose tissue. Seaweeds are nutrient-dense and can be added to salads and meals.

  3. Caffeine in coffee increases metabolic rate by 3-11%, burning more fat. It triggers adrenaline release to utilize stored fat. However, too much coffee can have the opposite effect. The quality of the coffee matters.

  4. Compounds in coffee raise adiponectin levels and lower inflammation, supporting fat loss and healthspan.

  5. Coffee drinking is linked to higher brown adipose tissue activity and thermogenesis.

  6. Green tea and black tea contain catechins that increase fat oxidation and fatty acid release from cells, aiding in weight loss and maintenance.

In summary, key micronutrients and drinks like seaweeds, calcium, and tea/coffee in moderation can support fat loss through various mechanisms like increasing metabolic rate, brown fat activity, and hormone optimization. But quality and amount consumed are important factors.

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Green tea and black tea have been used for thousands of years in different parts of the world. They gained popularity in the U.S. a few decades ago and quickly spread. The benefits of tea for metabolism and fat loss seem substantial.

Green tea contains caffeine and catechins that can help increase fat burning, both during exercise and rest. Studies show green tea can help you burn more fat and lose more weight, even with the same calorie intake. Two to four cups per day seems to be the optimal amount.

Black tea also contains beneficial compounds like theaflavins that can shift gene expression to favor fat metabolism. Studies found that drinking black tea led to greater weight loss and reduced waist circumference. Black tea may also lower stress levels by reducing cortisol.

Vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables, can support fat loss in multiple ways. Green leafy veggies contain compounds that increase satiety hormones and fiber intake, which promotes weight loss. They should be included at the first meal of the day for maximum benefits.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage contain compounds that inhibit the enzyme aromatase. This helps regulate estrogen levels, which is important for metabolism and fat loss. They were also found to fight against estrogen-driven cancers.

In summary, green tea, black tea and certain vegetable groups contain beneficial micronutrients and compounds that can boost metabolism and support fat loss in numerous ways. Incorporating them into your diet, especially at the first meal of the day, can provide a significant advantage.

Here is a summary of the main points regarding spices:

  1. Spices can add flavor, variety, and spice up one’s metabolism and food experiences.

  2. Turmeric and curcumin in turmeric have anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity effects. They can improve insulin sensitivity, reduce blood fats, and act on fat cells to promote weight loss.

  3. Ginger contains zingerone which can stimulate fat breakdown and increase the thermic effect of food to burn more calories and reduce hunger.

  4. Salt has a complicated relationship with health. While high sodium intake can raise blood pressure, very low salt diets may increase insulin resistance, triglycerides, stress hormones, and actually raise blood pressure in some cases.

  5. An optimal amount of salt around 2 teaspoons per day can support hormone function, lipid mobilization, and weight loss by enhancing the effect of hormones like glucagon and leptin.

  6. Higher quality salts like sea salt and Himalayan pink salt provide minerals to benefit metabolism in addition to sodium and chloride.

  7. Spices like turmeric, ginger, and salt in proper amounts can positively impact metabolism and fat loss when incorporated into one’s diet.

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  • The human brain is incredibly complex and powerful. Though we utilize most of our brain, we’re not necessarily using it to its full potential. There is room for improving brain function.

  • Creating a better life starts with creating a better brain. While techniques and learning can help, what we eat is essential for improving brain health. “A better brain starts with what you put in your belly.”

  • The author became interested in brain health after watching a show with Dr. Daniel Amen, a prominent expert in brain imaging. Amen highlighted that psychiatry does not actually examine the organ - the brain - that it treats.

  • High quality oils like olive oil and MCT oil can support brain health and function. They provide fatty acids needed for proper brain cell membrane formation and function.

  • Different nutrients play important roles for the brain. Things like lutein for neurons, choline for cell membranes, and B vitamins for metabolism. The brain requires a balance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other compounds from food.

  • The author’s Eat Smarter program provides tips, strategies and a 30-day plan focused on optimizing diet for both mental performance and fat loss goals.

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  1. The human brain is fragile yet remarkably protected, with bone protection and a blood-brain barrier to keep out harmful substances.

  2. Water is the most important nutrient for the brain, comprising about 80% of its weight. It helps deliver oxygen and nutrients and produces cerebrospinal fluid.

  3. Electrolytes like sodium and magnesium are crucial for brain functions like maintaining fluid balance and restoring brain plasticity. Mineral deficiencies can cause cognitive issues.

  4. Even mild dehydration can negatively impact cognition, mood, concentration and mental performance. Proper hydration can alleviate fatigue and improve memory and focus.

  5. After water, fat makes up the next largest percentage of the brain’s composition at around 11%. The brain is considered a fatty organ.

  6. Though eating dietary fat does not directly translate to fat in the brain. Brain fat serves a different purpose than storage fat in the body.

In summary, the key takeaways are that the brain requires proper hydration, nutrients like electrolytes and minerals, and healthy fat to function optimally. Water and electrolytes are essential for cognition, concentration and mental performance.

Here is a summary of structural fats:

• Structural fats like phospholipids and omega-3 fatty acids provide structure and support to cells in the brain and body. They form the cell membranes and help cells communicate.

• The most important structural fat in the brain is DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA makes up the fatty membrane around brain cells and is crucial for memory formation. Good sources of DHA include fish like salmon, herring and sardines.

• EPA is another omega-3 fatty acid that is important for brain structure. People with low EPA and DHA levels show accelerated brain shrinkage.

• Phospholipids also form the cell membranes and help with communication between brain cells. They contain mostly omega-3 fatty acids. Egg yolks are a good source of phospholipids.

• Within phospholipids, phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine are especially important for the brain. They can improve memory, attention and mental performance.

• Phosphatidylcholine is used to make acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory, learning and focus.

So in summary, structural fats like omega-3s and phospholipids provide the scaffolding and substrates that allow the brain to form memories, focus attention and facilitate communication between neurons. Getting enough DHA, EPA, phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine through diet can support optimal brain structure and function.

  1. Phospholipids and choline are important for developing memory capabilities. Choline intake during pregnancy and lactation can impact the baby’s brain development and memory. Pregnant women and new moms should ensure they consume enough choline-rich foods.

  2. Though the brain contains some saturated fats, most saturated fat intake in adulthood doesn’t reach the brain. Saturated fats are crucial for early brain development but less important later in life.

  3. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) can cross the blood-brain barrier and be utilized by brain cells. They may provide an alternative fuel source for Alzheimer’s patients whose brains have impaired glucose uptake. MCTs show promise for improving cognitive function in Alzheimer’s.

  4. Extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal which can restore the function of the blood-brain barrier. This helps reduce inflammation, increases AMPK activity, and supports autophagy in the brain - all of which benefit cognitive function. Autophagy is required for new memory formation.

In summary, certain fats and nutrients can directly impact brain health by crossing the blood-brain barrier and providing benefits like reducing inflammation and supporting autophagy. This helps preserve cognitive function and may even benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding removing unhealthy things from your brain diet:

• Excessive sugar intake and insulin resistance is closely linked to Alzheimer’s disease, to the extent that some researchers call it “type 3 diabetes.”

• The average American consumes far more added sugars than the recommended limit of 30 grams per day, with estimates as high as 77 pounds of added sugar per year. This excessive sugar burden has negative effects on the brain.

• Though people know sugar is a problem, it is deeply ingrained in culture, making it difficult for people to reduce sugar intake. Sugar is tied to celebrations, treats for kids, and fond memories.

• Foods like added sugars and processed foods that cause inflammation, insulin resistance and oxidative stress should be limited to support brain health and mental performance.

The main takeaway is that excessive sugar and other unhealthy ingredients in the modern diet pose risks to the brain, so minimizing or removing those things can help protect brain function and cognition. But making those changes can be challenging due to the cultural and emotional significance of many sugary and processed foods.

• Sugar lights up pleasure centers in the brain and activates the neurotransmitter dopamine, making it highly addictive. Over time, the brain needs higher amounts to get the same effect, leading to withdrawal symptoms.

• Excess sugar intake has been linked to cognitive issues like impaired memory and learning. It can also cause mental fatigue and drowsiness.

• Studies show that artificial sweeteners may increase the risk of stroke, dementia, and cancer. They trick the brain into expecting calories even though none are consumed, potentially disrupting blood sugar and insulin levels.

• Both sugar and artificial sweeteners can activate the brain’s “reward pathways” similarly to addictive drugs like cocaine, making them hard to resist for some people. The taste of sweetness itself drives overconsumption.

The overall message is that both excess added sugars and artificial sweeteners may have negative effects on brain function and health. They work by hijacking our biology and primal wiring around sweet tastes. Reducing intake of both could help manage health risks and sugar/sweet cravings.

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  1. Caring for your brain cells is important since brain cells don’t readily regenerate after birth. The brain cells you are born with are mostly what you have for life. So looking after the brain cells you have is crucial.

  2. Certain foods and nutrients can enhance cognitive function and mental performance by supporting brain cell health. This includes:

  • Leafy greens like spinach which provide vitamins and antioxidants. Eating 1-2 servings per day can improve memory and make your brain function 11 years younger.

  • Garlic which contains compounds that protect brain cells, improve memory and learning.

  • Blackberries which are high in antioxidants that support cognitive performance.

  • Dark chocolate which contains flavonoids that accumulate in memory areas of the brain and protect against age-related memory loss. Even 1/3 ounce per day can help.

  • Green tea, especially the L-theanine and caffeine, which improve focus, reaction time and reduce mental fatigue.

  • Spirulina which can promote neurogenesis, reduce brain inflammation and provide nutrient precursors for neurotransmitters.

  • Mushrooms like shiitake which contain nutrients like B vitamins that support cognition.

  1. Being underweight or overweight can both impact brain volume and cognitive function in negative ways. So maintaining a healthy weight range is important for optimal brain health.

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• Eating together as a family has benefits beyond just the food choices. Sharing meals together can improve children and adolescents’ diets, eating habits, and weight.

• Children who eat breakfast with their families 4 times a week consume more fruits and vegetables. Having meals with the TV off also reduces soda and chip consumption.

• Studies show that children and families who share 3 or more meals together per week are more likely to be a healthy weight and have healthier diets. They are also less likely to develop disordered eating habits.

• For adults, eating dinner with family has been shown to increase intake of nutrients like fiber, calcium, vitamins and minerals, while decreasing trans fat and glycemic load.

• Creating and sustaining a habit of eating together as a family, even on a low income, can improve health outcomes for all members.

The key takeaways are that eating together as a family has wide-ranging benefits beyond just the food choices themselves. The environment, structure and ritual of shared meals can shape children’s diets, eating habits and weight in positive ways, as well as provide nutritional and health benefits for adults.

  • Many people living in low-income communities have limited access to healthy foods and information about nutrition. They are often flooded with cheap, processed and fast foods.

  • Without knowledge of better options, it is difficult for people to make healthier food choices, even if they want to. They often have to prioritize affordability over health.

  • Work hours and stress contribute to people not having time to cook healthy meals or eat together as a family. This can impact the health of both children and seniors.

  • Eating together regularly, even just a few times a week, can promote healthy eating habits, improve satisfaction and reduce stress for the whole family.

  • The environment people grow up in, with limited resources and higher risks, shapes their lifestyle choices and health outcomes. Addressing these structural issues is important to enable personal responsibility and healthier choices.

  • People’s actions are constrained by the options available to them and the conditions they live in. Improving access to nutritious, affordable food and information is key to empowering better choices.

The central message is that a lack of knowledge, resources, time and safe environments limits people’s ability to adopt healthier lifestyles, especially those living in poverty. Systemic and structural changes are needed alongside personal responsibility to create real opportunities for change.

Here is a summary of the main points:

• There are high rates of obesity and chronic health conditions like diabetes in low-income and minority communities in the U.S.

• African Americans and Hispanics have much higher obesity rates compared to whites. African American women have the highest obesity rates of any group.

• There are also higher rates of childhood obesity in minority communities.

• The current food system makes unhealthy, processed foods more accessible and affordable while healthy foods are more expensive.

• Fast food companies keep prices low to increase demand and revenue through volume sales. They make money from upselling accessory items.

• Government subsidies support commodity crops like corn and wheat that are used to make cheap processed foods, but not fruits and vegetables.

• Studies show that diets high in subsidized foods are linked to higher obesity, excess belly fat, blood sugar issues, and inflammation.

• Being born into a low-income environment increases the risk of obesity and staying in poverty.

• Many people are trapped in this system without the resources to access and afford healthier food options. Changes are needed from both the bottom up and top down.

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• The author took a risk and bet on himself by investing in his health. This resulted in more energy, clearer thinking, and an improved quality of life.

• However, not everyone has the means to do the same. Small improvements in food choices can still make a difference for those in disadvantaged socioeconomic situations.

• The author recommends helping others as a way to pay it forward. This could mean volunteering with community gardens, school lunch programs, or other local initiatives.

• The environment we’re in strongly influences our health choices. We need to both improve our environments and choose to place ourselves in healthier environments with people who support our goals.

• Exposure to healthier environments literally changes the brain by building new connections and myelin sheaths. This helps us bring positive influence back to our original environments.

• We can advocate for policies that support healthy eating and food equality. This includes regulating unhealthy food marketing to children.

• Voting with our dollars by supporting businesses with healthier options shifts the market towards more accessibility of organic and other high-quality foods.

In summary, the key themes are taking personal responsibility for one’s health, helping uplift the health of communities starting from the “bottom up”, and effecting policy and market changes “from the top down” through advocacy and spending power. Both individuals and systems need to transform for real change to happen.

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  1. What we eat has a significant impact on our mood, behavior, and ability to relate to others. Nutrient deficiencies and blood sugar fluctuations can make us irritable and short-tempered.

  2. When blood sugar levels are low, the body releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to raise blood sugar. But this can also cause irritability and behavioral changes.

  3. Low blood sugar can activate the amygdala, a part of the brain related to threat response and survival. This can hijack rational thinking and impulse control.

  4. Studies have found that dramatic blood sugar changes can increase anxiety, impair memory, and cause psychological distress.

  5. Being “hangry” (hungry + angry) can make us lash out at the people we care about, even if we don’t mean to. This comes from our body’s fight or flight response that prioritizes self-preservation over rational thinking.

  6. Eating a balanced diet and managing blood sugar levels can help stabilize our mood and improve how we communicate and interact with others. Nutrition plays an important role in relationships.

In summary, the author is arguing that what we eat significantly influences our behavior and emotional wellbeing, especially in how we relate to others. Nutrient deficiencies and blood sugar imbalances can trigger our survival instincts and primitive brain functions, making us more irritable and prone to conflict in our interactions. But eating smarter and stabilizing our body chemistry can help promote healthier communication and connections.

You make a lot of compelling points about the link between proper nutrition and reduced violence. Here are some key takeaways:

• Studies show that providing additional vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to at-risk populations like prison inmates can significantly reduce violent behavior and misconduct - by up to 35%.

• Poor diet is a better predictor of future violence than past criminal behavior or even psychopathy, suggesting nutrition plays an underappreciated role.

• Occupations with high stress and challenging health issues, like police officers, also tend to have higher rates of obesity, depression, substance abuse and suicide - indicating a lack of proper support for their physical and mental wellbeing.

• Police officers in particular face many risk factors for poor health like irregular shifts, lack of sleep, and exposure to trauma - yet the system fails to provide them with needed health and stress management support.

• Malnutrition, high-glycemic diets and sleep deprivation are risk factors for abnormal mental states, making interactions between malnourished citizens and officers more likely to turn violent.

The key takeaway is that proper nutrition, stress management and mental health support could go a long way in reducing violence in at-risk populations and occupations like law enforcement. When people don’t feel physically and mentally healthy, it’s harder for them to make good decisions and express empathy - so addressing the root causes of poor health could have profound societal benefits.

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Food can be a powerful language of love that brings people together and improves health and happiness. There are a few ways food speaks different love languages:

Acts of Service - Preparing or providing nourishing food for someone who is busy, going through a hard time, or needs a break is an act of service that expresses love and care.

Giving/Receiving Gifts - Making and sharing favorite foods with loved ones can be a thoughtful gift that brings joy. Even simple homemade treats can show you care.

Quality Time - Cooking and eating together fosters bonding and allows you to make memories. Teaching kids how to cook gives them invaluable life skills.

The text emphasizes how important it is to make time to eat together as a family at least 3 times a week and with extended family once a month. Cooking together brings people closer and back to simpler times.

In summary, the language of food and sharing meals can strengthen relationships and communicate love when we make the effort to prepare nourishing food and eat together intentionally.

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Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation, immune function, and gene expression. Proper sleep improves both procedural and declarative memory. It strengthens the immune system’s ability to recognize and fight pathogens, reducing risks of infections and chronic diseases. Sleep also regulates how your genes are expressed, impacting various health aspects.

What you eat significantly impacts your sleep quality. An healthy gut microbiome is essential for good sleep, and vice versa. Gut bacteria produce and store neurotransmitters that regulate sleep, like serotonin. The majority of serotonin in the body is actually produced in the gut. Serotonin levels impact insomnia and sleep quality.

A healthy diet can support your gut microbiome and promote production of neurotransmitters that enhance sleep. Foods contain nutrients that can help regulate your sleep cycle and improve sleep quality.

In summary, a balanced diet with the right nutrients can serve as “edible sleep” by optimizing your gut microbiome and neurotransmitters to improve sleep, which then brings many benefits to your memory, immune system and overall health.

• Most of the serotonin in our bodies is produced by bacteria in the gut, not the brain. These gut bacteria interact with enterochromaffin cells that produce serotonin.

• Serotonin is used to make melatonin, the main sleep hormone. Up to 400 times more melatonin is produced in the gut than the pineal gland.

• The microbiome, or gut bacteria, helps regulate sleep and mental state through the microbiome-gut-brain axis. Healthy gut bacteria promote good sleep.

• The food we eat affects the gut microbiome. Prebiotics, probiotics, resistant starch and polyphenols support healthy bacteria. Processed foods, chemicals and sleep deprivation damage gut bacteria.

• Several nutrients are important for good sleep:

  • Tryptophan: Precursor to serotonin and melatonin. Found in foods like chicken, eggs and cheese.

  • Vitamin B6: Helps produce serotonin and melatonin. Found in yogurt, eggs, spinach and avocado.

  • Glycine: Improves deep sleep. Found in bone broth, beef, and quinoa.

  • Vitamin C: Deficiency can disrupt sleep. Found in bell peppers, citrus fruits and berries.

  • Vitamin D: Helps synchronize circadian rhythm and reduce daytime sleepiness. Found in fatty fish, egg yolks and sunlight.

  • Potassium: Improves sleep efficiency. Found in bananas, avocados and sweet potatoes.

In summary, gut bacteria, diet and nutrients all play important roles in supporting good sleep. Focusing on these areas can help optimize your body’s ability to sleep well.

• Dulse, coconut water, black beans, white beans, yogurt, mackerel and salmon are all good sources of potassium which is important for sleep.

• Calcium and bone health are related. A calcium deficiency can disrupt REM and deep sleep. Good sources include sesame seeds, chia seeds, almonds, yogurt, cheese, beans, lentils, sardines and greens.

• When sick, honey can help improve sleep by reducing coughing and inflammation. Bee products like pollen, propolis and royal jelly also have nutrients that benefit the liver and metabolism.

• Magnesium helps regulate over 600 bodily functions and is critical for sleep. But many people are magnesium deficient. Food sources include avocados, nuts, seeds, greens, tofu and beans.

• Omega-3 fats like DHA reduce sleep disturbances and help get deeper sleep. Sources include fatty fish, shellfish, walnuts and flaxseeds.

• Sugar and alcohol before bed can impair sleep quality by disrupting sleep cycles and decreasing restorative sleep. Limiting sugar intake and waiting 2-3 hours after alcohol before sleeping can help mitigate these effects.

Drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water for every serving of beer or wine is a good rule of thumb to limit alcohol’s dehydrating effects and help avoid a hangover. Staying hydrated when drinking alcohol can help improve sleep quality.

While coffee and tea have health benefits, the caffeine they contain can interfere with sleep. Even consuming caffeine as late as 6 hours before bed can negatively impact sleep duration and quality. People metabolize caffeine at different rates, so some are more sensitive to its effects on sleep.

To avoid caffeine affecting sleep, a good strategy is to have a “caffeine curfew” by noon or 2 p.m., depending on when you want to sleep. This gives the caffeine time to clear your system.

Some supplements that can help improve sleep include:

  • Reishi mushroom
  • Chamomile tea
  • Valerian root
  • Magnesium
  • L-theanine
  • Melatonin (use cautiously at low doses as high doses can reduce sensitivity over time)

In summary, staying hydrated with water when drinking alcohol and reducing caffeine intake by early afternoon can help you sleep better. Some herbal supplements may provide additional benefits, though a healthy diet and lifestyle are the most important factors for good sleep.

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  • The average person does not actually eat 3 square meals a day and tends to eat sporadically throughout the day and in creative combinations.

  • While convenience has made more food available, it has also led to more frequent eating. On average, people eat for about 15 hours a day.

  • A study found that when people were instructed to reduce their eating window to 10-12 hours per day, without any other dietary restrictions, they lost an average of 7 pounds and reported having more energy.

  • Intermittent fasting is not a new idea but breakfast as we know it is a relatively recent invention.

  • Before agriculture, humans were not used to eating a large breakfast after waking up. They relied more on stored body fat for energy.

  • After agriculture and more manual labor jobs emerged, eating a large breakfast became the norm to fuel the workday. But this collides with our genes that favor feasting and fasting cycles.

  • Even in ancient Rome and the Middle Ages, eating first thing in the morning was uncommon and breakfast as a regular meal is a relatively recent cultural construct.

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The text discusses the history and origins of breakfast, noting that it is a relatively recent invention stemming from the 16th century. As people began working for employers rather than themselves, they needed a large meal to fuel their long workdays.

It then discusses intermittent fasting, stating that the most effective form is a 16-8 protocol with a daily fasting window of 16 hours and eating window of 8 hours. Intermittent fasting has several benefits:

  1. It improves metabolic function by flipping a “metabolic switch” that shifts the body from fat storage to fat burning. This is done by improving insulin sensitivity, reducing insulin levels, and increasing levels of fat-releasing hormones like glucagon.

  2. It protects muscle mass, which is important for maintaining a high resting metabolic rate and continuing to burn calories. Up to 35% of weight lost from calorie restriction can be muscle mass, but intermittent fasting better retains muscle.

  3. It may increase the conversion of white fat cells to brown fat cells, which burn more calories.

  4. It improves brain health by stimulating the growth of new brain cells and increasing levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which makes neurons function better.

In summary, the text advocates intermittent fasting as a superior approach to weight loss and health compared to traditional calorie restriction, due to its benefits for metabolic function, muscle mass retention, and brain health. The 16-8 protocol is recommended as an effective form of intermittent fasting.

• The book covers how food influences metabolism, cognitive abilities, mood, and relationships. It discusses the science of meal timing and intermittent fasting.

• Section 1 explains how hormones, enzymes, calories, macronutrients, and specific foods impact metabolism.

• Section 2 discusses how food affects brain function, sleep, mood, and social connections. Mealtime with loved ones can improve food choices, stress, and body composition.

• Section 3 examines the biology of calorie restriction and how intermittent fasting can retain muscle, improve hormones, and enhance cognition.

• This chapter focuses on implementing the strategies in a 30-day program, including useful tools for lasting success. The author emphasizes that no diet should create stress and you should adjust things to make the program work for you.

• The key is to develop your own nutrition plan to fit your lifestyle and build a “vehicle” to enjoy life that feels good and transforms you. Strategy and execution work together - you have the knowledge, now it’s time to take action.

In short, the book provides a wealth of information about how food truly impacts health and well-being. The 30-day program in this chapter offers tools and strategies to put that knowledge into practice in an empowering way that works for you.

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The key tips to ensure success with intermittent fasting are:

  1. Figure out your ideal eating and fasting windows. Start small with a 12 hour fasting window and increase gradually from there. This allows your body to adjust slowly.

  2. Select the times to start and end your daily fasting period. Start with finishing dinner by 8pm and waiting until 8am the next day to eat. Then slowly extend the fasting window.

  3. Adjust the fasting schedule to fit your lifestyle. You can fast during different times depending on your schedule and goals. It’s more important to be consistent.

  4. Know the difference between hunger and habit. The hunger you feel in the first few days of fasting is your body adjusting. It will pass.

  5. Track your meals and fasting windows to build consistency. But don’t stress over an occasional disruption - just get back on track the next day.

The key is to start small, make adjustments gradually over time, and customize the schedule in a way that works for you and your lifestyle. Consistency is more important than a rigid schedule. With a smart approach and these tips, intermittent fasting can be very effective.

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• Excessive hunger is caused by a combination of nutritional and routine factors. Upgrading both aspects can help eliminate frequent hunger.

• Following the basics like adequate sleep, stress management, and proper hydration can make a big difference in hunger levels. Lack of sleep can disrupt hunger hormones.

• During intermittent fasting, it’s important to get essential nutrients during your eating window to avoid deficiencies that can hinder fat loss and cognitive function.

• Some foods and beverages like coffee, MCT oil, and green tea can provide benefits during your fasting window by mimicking the effects of fasting. They support fat loss, satiety, and autophagy.

• Coffee can increase satiety hormones, stimulate fat breakdown, and boost AMPK which protects muscle tissue. But quality coffee matters.

• MCT oil can raise ketone levels to support muscle preservation during fasting. It also increases fat oxidation and satiety. Get a high quality MCT oil.

• Green tea’s antioxidants provide similar benefits to fasting like activating AMPK and improving autophagy.

The main takeaways are that following nutritional and routine basics, getting essential nutrients during eating windows, and including certain fast-mimicking foods and drinks during fasting windows can help manage hunger and maximize results from intermittent fasting.

Here is a summary of the key points about teas and tracking goals:

Green tea:

  • Compounds in green tea like EGCG support fat burning and metabolism.
  • L-theanine provides brain-boosting benefits.
  • It can support autophagy, a process that removes cellular waste and revitalizes health.
  • 2-4 cups per day is recommended.

Pu-erh tea:

  • A fermented tea that directly supports the enzyme that breaks down fat.
  • Helps with fat loss while protecting muscle mass.
  • Enhances the body’s ability to eliminate free radicals and waste.

Rooibos tea:

  • Higher in antioxidants than green tea.
  • Improves insulin sensitivity and blocks new fat cells.
  • Protects muscle tissue.

Tracking goals:

Physical metrics:

  • Waist measurement
  • Body weight
  • Body fat percentage
  • Photos

Subjective measurements:

  • Hunger and cravings
  • Sleep quality
  • Digestion

These subjective metrics provide valuable feedback on how your diet and lifestyle changes are affecting how you feel. Monitoring these can help identify small issues before they become major problems. Overall, both objective and subjective measurements are needed to properly guide and optimize your health goals.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding tracking and measuring goals:

  1. Tracking your digestion and food sensitivity is important. Objectively, you can monitor the frequency and quality of bowel movements. Subjectively, pay attention to how your digestion feels after certain foods - does it feel natural and healthy, or uncomfortable? Discomfort is abnormal.

  2. Track your energy levels throughout the day. What you eat affects your mental, emotional and physical energy. Look for declines in cognition after meals, or changes in libido and workout performance. This data can help you meet your body’s needs.

  3. Setting specific, clear goals increases your chances of success by 33%. Writing down goals is key. This improves clarity, specificity, and gives you something external to refer to.

  4. Setting micro-goals that support your main goals boosts achievement even more. These break down large goals into smaller, actionable steps.

  5. Social support and accountability increase goal success by up to 42%. Share your goals and progress with supportive friends, family or groups. Committing to others a specific date by which you’ll achieve your goal greatly improves chances of completion.

In summary, tracking your digestion, energy and setting measurable goals with micro-goals, social support and accountability can help optimize your health and performance. Writing things down, sharing with others and checking in regularly are simple but powerful tools to leverage your brain’s reward system for goal achievement.

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• Knowing your dieting personality type can help you succeed by avoiding pitfalls and leveraging strengths. Four types are described:

  1. Swing for the Fences - They go all in from the start, which can yield fast results but also lead to burnout. The key is to still be passionate but start with consistent smaller actions over time.

  2. Easy Out - They jump into programs easily but also jump out easily. The benefit is they don’t dwell on past failures. The challenge is deciding if they’ll return to the same goal.

  3. Homebody - They stick with programs long-term but lack the passion and urgency to maximize results. The key is increasing intensity in a sustainable way.

  4. Scatterbrain - They struggle to stay focused and complete programs. The key is setting clear plans, prioritizing, and breaking goals into small actions.

•Overall, developing self-awareness of your tendencies is key to bypassing obstacles and utilizing strengths to achieve better results.

• Success is an inside game. The five S.M.A.R.T principles provide powerful inner leverage points:

  1. Solemnly know thy dieting self (as described above)

  2. Make ample preparations

  3. Accept that results take time

  4. Remain consistent over time

  5. Trust the process

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• The individuals originally committed to playing, but they lack discipline and tend to stop things quickly before achieving long-term success.

• The “easy-out” types start new programs enthusiastically but quit when challenges arise. Instead, they need to see challenges as opportunities for growth and not throw in the towel so easily. If they fail, they should get right back up and keep trying.

• The “caught looking” types are overly cautious and prepared. They spend too much time planning instead of taking action. They are advised to just start taking small steps immediately instead of waiting for perfect conditions.

• The “all-around player” types are good at many things but not great at one thing. They are advised to stick to fundamentals that work long-term, instead of getting distracted by what’s working best at the moment. They should avoid overextending in one area at the cost of other fundamentals.

The key takeaway is that different personality types struggle with commitments in different ways, but all can benefit from discipline, sticking to fundamentals, treating challenges as opportunities, and taking immediate action instead of waiting. Focusing on the long-term goal and not giving up after failure is also important for success.

• Our beliefs and mindset can have a powerful impact on our biological responses and results, through the placebo and nocebo effects.

• The placebo effect refers to when a positive belief produces a beneficial outcome. The nocebo effect is when a negative belief produces a detrimental outcome.

• Research shows placebo treatments can improve conditions like migraines, depression and even Parkinson’s disease.

• Studies found that patients given placebos believed to improve their condition saw larger decreases in rash size, compared to those given placebos believed to worsen their condition.

• Your past experiences and self-talk can produce nocebo effects that limit your progress, through learned helplessness and negative beliefs.

• But you can also harness the placebo effect through positive self-affirmations, changing how your brain and body respond to a new diet or program.

• Practicing positive self-talk, viewing healthy meals as indulgences, and focusing on rewards can activate brain areas linked to self-confidence and motivation.

So in summary, you have power over your mindset and beliefs, which can significantly impact your results. Harnessing the placebo effect through positive thinking and self-talk may help you be more successful in a new diet or program.

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  1. The questions you ask yourself can reinforce positive or negative mindsets. Questions trigger your brain’s “instinctive elaboration” response, so it seeks answers to whatever question you pose.

  2. The author recommends asking empowering questions like “What is this situation trying to teach me?” and “How can I make this awesome?” This helps you reframe challenges in a beneficial way.

  3. When facing obstacles with a new diet or lifestyle change, expect that there will be both “easy” and “tough” days. Many diets focus on ease of compliance which leads to their high failure rates.

  4. Growth happens through challenges, so see obstacles as “gifts” that show you what you’re made of. Reframe so-called “bad” foods or meals - don’t label them as morally “good” or “bad.”

  5. The takeaway is that mindset and perspective are crucial for long-term success. Focusing on how you can grow from challenges, instead of viewing them as failures, helps you persevere and achieve your goals.

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• While some foods are unhealthy, that doesn’t mean eating them makes you a bad person. We assign moral value to food in unhealthy ways.

• Reframing how we view food can help, seeing it on a spectrum from less ideal to more ideal instead of good vs bad. An “imperfect” meal doesn’t make you bad.

• We can reframe challenges as opportunities for growth. They strengthen our determination and help us find solutions.

• We don’t rise to our expectations, we fall to our training. Practice reframing daily to develop the habit.

• You have the power to change your perspective and think in terms of solutions, not problems.

• Treating yourself with respect is important. But we often respect others more than ourselves.

• Constant comparison is “the thief of joy.” Social media distorts reality, showing only people’shighlight reels. What you compare yourself to may not be real.

• When you compare yourself, you negate yourself. Developing self-respect is crucial for success. The food we eat reflects our beliefs about ourselves.

The key takeaways are: focus on self-respect, reframe challenges positively, view food on a spectrum instead of “good vs bad,” and avoid constant social media comparisons that distort reality. Changing your perspective can lead to healthy habits and growth.

Here is a summary of the key points from the Eat Smarter 30-Day Program:

•There are sample eating/fasting schedules, a weekly meal plan, and recipes to guide you through the program. You can either follow the Smart Intermittent Fasting approach or have conventional 3 meals a day.

•Your protein requirement is unique based on your metabolism. Aim to include protein servings based on how your body feels - if you feel hungry or have low energy, increase your protein intake.

•Target at least 4-5 servings of healthy fats per day from foods like avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, fatty fish, etc.

•Include a variety of carbohydrates from the list of vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains. Limit starchy carbs and sugar.

•Utilize the F.A.S.T transformation tips to personalize your eating windows and meal plan.

•The resource guide contains additional recipes to inspire you during the 30 days.

•Monitor your thoughts and beliefs to support positive changes. Become aware of automatic negative thoughts, challenge them, and replace them with affirmative thoughts. Adopt a mindset that the universe is friendly, not hostile.

The key is to find an approach that works for your lifestyle and goals, while including healthier foods and nutrients that will fuel your best self. The 30-day program provides a framework to get you started on your Eat Smarter journey.

Black Coffee/Tea

Lunch: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili (double batch) + side salad

Dinner: Baked Salmon with Cauliflower “ Rice” + steamed broccoli & Kale Bowl

Day 2

Breakfast: Avocado Toast + Scrambled Eggs

Here is a summary of the main points:

▪ Superfood Salad is a nutrient-dense salad packed with plant-based proteins, whole foods and superfoods. It contains spinach or mixed greens, vinaigrette dressing, spirulina powder, avocado, chopped grilled chicken, diced tomato, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds.

▪ Garlic Brussels Sprouts are a tasty recipe that helps transform often disliked vegetables into a nutrient-rich side dish. The key is how they are prepared by sautéing them in olive oil with garlic and seasoning.

▪ The meal plan provides a balanced and varied selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options for 15 days. The focus is on incorporating whole foods, plant-based proteins, healthy fats and high-fiber carbohydrates. It also contains an option to increase the fasting window after the initial 15 days.

▪ SMART breakfast options include recipes like Southwest Chorizo Scramble, Bacon Quiche, Classic Breakfast with sautéed veggies and Post-Workout Easy Protein Pancakes. The key is to make breakfast meals nutrient-dense.

▪ NEXT LEVEL VEGGIES highlights recipes like Superfood Salad and Garlic Brussels Sprouts that transform standard veggies into nutrient powerhouses. Preparation methods and added ingredients make all the difference.

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Here is a summary of the recipes:

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon: A simple yet delicious roasted Brussels sprouts recipe with olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt, and lemon.

  • Summer Chicken Salad: A colorful chicken salad with asparagus, spinach, lettuce, strawberries, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

  • Sautéed Curry Cabbage: A quick cabbage side dish made with coconut oil, onion, curry powder, sea salt, and kelp granules.

  • Bacon-Ranch Buffalo Chicken Casserole: A hearty casserole with roasted cauliflower, Frank’s hot sauce, ranch dressing, coconut milk, green onions, bacon, and shredded chicken.

  • Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry: A classic stir-fry made with steak, broccoli, cauliflower rice, coconut aminos, and garlic. Topped with dulse flakes.

  • Vegan Chipotle Walnut Black Bean Burgers: Plant-based bean and nut patties made with black beans, walnuts, chipotle peppers, cilantro, oats, and spices.

  • Bacon Bison Burger: A bison burger topped with bacon, avocado, and your choice of condiments.

Here’s a summary of the key details:

Burgers: Calories 692 Protein 49g Fat 52g Carbs 6g Ingredients: Ground bison, spices, lettuce, mayo, bacon, egg.

Salmon: Calories 523
Protein 40g Fat 43g
Carbs 5g Ingredients: Oil, sriracha, honey, salt, salmon fillets, lemon.

Chicken curry: Calories 164 Protein 8g
Fat 10g Carbs 14g Ingredients: Coconut milk, tomato paste, garlic, curry powder, bell peppers, onion, chicken, broth.

Taco bowl: Calories 670 Protein 39g
Fat 33g Carbs 14g Ingredients: Rice, protein of choice, vegetables, toppings like salsa and guacamole.

Guacamole: Calories 317 Protein 3g
Fat 30g Carbs 15g
Ingredients: Avocados, salsa, spices, lemon juice, salt.

Dressing: Olive oil, garlic, onion, almond butter, honey, vinegar, lemon juice.

Muffins: Calories 114 Protein 2g Fat 3g Carbs 20g Ingredients: Sweet potato, apple, eggs, flour, baking soda, spices.

Cashew butter planets: Calories 378 Protein 12g Fat 30g Carbs 21g Ingredients: Cashew butter, banana, flaxseeds, honey, salt.

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Here is a summary of the smart beverages recipes:

  • Superhero Coffee: An energizing coffee drink with MCT oil and grass-fed butter for sustained energy. Optional additions like cinnamon, cacao powder, and nut milk are also suggested.

  • Triple-B Milkshake: A protein-packed blueberry milkshake with banana, chia seeds, yogurt, MCT oil, and almond milk. It aims to fuel the mind and aid in recovery.

  • Smarter Green Smoothie: A high-protein green smoothie with spinach, blueberries, protein powder, peanut butter, almond milk, and ice. Optional additions like superfood greens blends and different leafy greens or healthy fats are recommended.

The recipes focus on using quality, nutritious ingredients to create balanced, energizing drinks. They incorporate high-fiber fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats to provide sustained energy and nutrients to fuel both the body and mind. Optional add-ins like spices, superfoods, and nut milks allow for plenty of variation to suit different tastes and nutritional needs.

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