It so happened that the first book that got into my hands and “in my work” when I got a job at MIF was David Perlmutter’s bestseller “Food and The Brain.” Before that, the number of literature I read on this topic and genre was about zero. Therefore, the mind’s natural reaction was the desire to check whether the presented by the well-known neurologist and nutritionist “exposure” of gluten and carbohydrates corresponds to reality.
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Memory helpfully chanted “Bread all over the head!” but critical thinking whispered that sometimes proverbs needed crash tests. I decided to give it a try.
In addition, my previous life-professional period, associated with physical activity and the work of the nervous system, as it is called, for wear and tear, ended. In this light, the home office seemed bliss and a gift of fate. Therefore, I immediately grew a hated “beer” belly (although I do not drink beer for many years), and the chin began to hint at his doubleness.
The most comical at the same time was that in general, I remained skinny – unshakable 66 kg “in the heat and cold, in sorrows and joys.” This is below the accepted standards, but I felt comfortable (and was in shape – for example, a personal record on the turnstile 22 pull-ups), so I did not follow any dietary canons. And all of a sudden, the belly! One of my friends, who was “very pregnant” but very thin, friends behind the forms jokingly called “Chupa-Chups.”
I started calling myself the same. The weight of my body came close to 73 kg, and almost all of this 7-kilogram surplus, for some reason, settled on the pediment of the waist.
Is it necessary to clarify that “Food and Brain” I read with personal interest?
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Gluten and carbohydrates
The book describes the harmful effects of gluten and carbohydrates on brain function and overall health. Perlmutter’s recommendations are extensive and detailed. Advice on proper nutrition is given in conjunction with physical activity and sleep mode.
But first of all, remember when I was talking about bliss? I didn’t want any training, runs, or even charging. Yes, at that moment, I just dreamed of sitting on the couch and reading books. Secondly, the inner voice poked fun in the style of “Well, you’re not a photo-ish, why these gruelingtons?”
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So I chose a simple, crowbar- male option: took just one opportunity (but the main one) and checked it out.
I gave up bread and sugar.
Long live the visibility!
The mechanism of their harmful effects on the brain, intestines, and body will not fit in a few lines. Besides, this description is not the purpose of my article. You can read about them in the book itself or our blog. For me, visibility was above the compelling and mega-sensible arguments—namely, a simple example of wheat flour described by Perlmutter.
You need to make a ball of dough the size of a walnut and stretch it under a stream of water. After a few minutes, a sticky and stringy lump of protein gluten will remain in the fingers. This hard-to-digest “chew” and clogs the naps of the small intestine, preventing the normal absorption of nutrients.
It’s time to talk about your results.
Kilograms per month
In seven months, I’ve gone back to my normal. It turned out to be minus 1 kilogram per month. I didn’t go to the gym, run in the morning, or even do exercise. I didn’t eat flour and sweets. It was not easy because gluten and sugar are some of the leading food “drugs,” addiction is powerful, even though it is formed from childhood in our food culture. I confess that four or five times, I gave slack and ate a night piece of pizza or a coveted street hot dog:-) And then there’s the ice cream. But the stomach got sucked in. That’s the main thing.
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Now I do not adhere to a strict diet, although I still limit myself to sugar and bread. And to keep my weight back, I bought a treadmill. If you are lazy to go out, you can open the window and run at least a couple of kilometers at home. Because sybaritism, of course, is good, but in moderation, and sport is no gluten- and it should not be abandoned.
And also because it is much easier to maintain order than to fix the mess.