We know that there is a strong connection between your physical health, mental health and work performance. I thought I was doing pretty well. I consider myself a pretty healthy person: I try to pray, meditate, do yoga, eat well, ride the bike while leading a company and a family ….
But like most people, I have my unhealthy habits. After experiencing brain mapping on myself after studying the empirical results provided via qEEG analytics for Zro+ clients including myself, it was clear I wasn’t sleeping well. I utilize the Zro+ sublingual 2x per day which seems to help me with sleep, stress and all, while I try to eat a healthy diet of lean meat and vegetables about 70% of the time.
I admit that I resort to junk food when I’m stressed and drink too much coffee , mostly because I enjoy coffee. Somewhere in the process, prior to using Zro+, my brain would tire and I would get a little frustrated and need a break in the action.
I’ve tried adopting “diets” for the sake of my brain and energy levels–but have largely failed due to its all-or-nothing approach. Diets like the Slow- Carb diet, the Ketogenic diet, Whole 30, Paleo, and the Bulletproof Diet all talk about amazing brain function as a result, but I hated their restrictive nature. The fact is that eating clean while using Zro+ makes a huge difference and I am able to continue this with ease as long as I don’t wuss out for that convenient fast food craving. I also enjoy food. I like to shop, I like to cook and I like to eat with friends and family. Take the stress out of eating good. Turn off your phone for 30 minutes and think about what you are eating and how it actually tastes!
I notice a difference in my sleep and clearheadedness when I’m more conscious of what I eat, I was determined to stay on a plan that works. A lot of research and experimenting led me to create the inverse and new food triangle that I wrote about earlier. This combined by the casling of my brain waves has led to a much better me inside and out.
MY diet, is a hybrid of the popular Mediterranean, modified Keto and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, the researchers studied eating patterns that reduces the risk Alzheimer’s disease, and conducted cognitive tests of 960 adults over the space of nine years, tracking their dietary habits.
MY diet and MY new food pyramid encourages high consumption of “brain-healthy” food groups such as green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, and fish. I limited consumption of unhealthy food groups like fatty red meats, ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce, cheese, sweets, milk and processed foods.
The findings, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, revealed that older adults who adhered strictly to the MIND diet faced a 53% lower risk of Alzheimer’s, and those who followed it moderately saw their risk lower by 35%.
I’m 55 years old, so Alzheimer’s isn’t a major concern for me just yet, I think. But I figured that since the diet was designed to optimize good calories and cognitive function (and prevent cognitive decline), I thought that following the diet might do my brain and focus some good. There was only one way to find out–try it for a week and see what happens.
The first thing I had to change was consistency in my shopping, only the outside isles! Salmon, grass fed beef, olive oil, peppers, and almonds are not cheap items, BUT, the amount of plant based protein that I added to my daily intake goes quite far and averages out the cost to be below my historical beef and chicken dinners for the last 50 years. I also bought three times as many leafy greens (kale and spinach) than I usually do because I wanted to incorporate more of them in my meals.
I also found myself eating almost the same meals every day, which is fine for me as I just spice them up a little differently each day… Breakfast would be two or three eggs, spinach, peppers and chicken–with black coffee and a teaspoon of cream. Lunch would be chicken/salmon salad with kale, spinach, and veggies like broccoli, with a handful of almonds. Dinner was the same, some protein on top of a big ass salad. I like wine and tequila, I cut most of those calories out unless the craziness of the day required those particular ingredients for mental health reasons only of course.
The only time I deviated from this was when I ate out, which happened twice that week, where I enjoyed greasy carb-laden pizza and a salad which was needed or a juicy burger (no yellow cheese) of course.
Remember, staying away from processed foods is imperative to lowering our toxicity and assimilating better ingredients.
I’m not gonna lie, if your not hungry when you are dropping weight, uhhh, your not dropping weight bro!?! It only took me about two days to get past the sugar and cravings for bread and when I did, I was also sharper and feeling more energy.
I also noticed that I snacked less, even though my food portions weren’t that much smaller. As a result, food occupied less space in my brain, and I was able to focus for longer stretches of time, thanks Zro+!! Even when unexpected situations came up and my day was thrown a little bit out of balance, I was surprised at how quickly I was able to focus on my tasks straight away. Is it a placebo effect? I can say for sure, because of the before and after results provided by NeurOptimize brain centers. My Diet was definitely refreshing to be on a “diet” where “banned foods” weren’t constantly on my mind and I was actually able to prove that my brain was working better via qEEG analytic reports of my actual brain waves before and after.
Unlike other diets, I wasn’t tempted to binge on terrible foods. I suspected that there are two reasons for this. One is that I was actually eating and not starving. Second, I found eating for my brain much more motivating than eating for my body. Even in the age of body positivity, health, and wellness, I found it extremely difficult to disassociate diets from attaining an (often unrealistic) physical ideal. Somehow, greater productivity while feeling pretty good was better motivation for me.
That said, I definitely felt a positive change in my body. My energy levels increased, as well as my productivity and overall happiness.
It’s been two weeks since I started MY Diet, and I have 6 more weeks to get down 12 more pounds before our company trip to Cabo.
One of the things that I really appreciated about this diet was the lack of restrictions and ease to continue without failure when dining out. Staying away from dairy, bread and refined sugar is always a challenge, but knowing that I can indulge every once in a while makes this diet bearable.
Robert Mordini is the co-founder of Zro+ Nutraceuticals, Inc (@ Zroplus.com).
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For additional information please contact:
· Zro+ Nutraceuticals, Inc. Co Founder and CEO, Robert D. Mordini, Jr.
· 1.844.ZRO.PLUS WWW.ZROPLUS.COM
· Rachel M. Ragsdale, LPC, BCN NeurOptimize - Founder and CEO qEEG Brain Mapping - Neurofeedback www.Neuroptimizeco.com