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The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks Paperback – December 13, 2016
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''Say good-bye to the toxic junk that gunks up your glorious brain. Thank you for this super simple program, Mike! It will leave folks feeling happier, healthier, and more luminous than ever.'' --Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author
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''Sugar and inactivity don't just lead to belly fat; they damage the brain. Dr. Mike's plan helps readers revitalize their lives.'' --Jorge Cruise, New York Times bestselling author --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I had this book in my cart for two weeks, as I was on the fence about it. I was not familiar with Dr Dow because I don't watch daytime TV or reality programming, which he is apparently known for. I wasn't sure if the book would be a wise investment. I accepted the book through Vine, and I'm glad I did. Overall, I believe this book can help many people, and I am living proof that the methods described can make a real difference in ridding brain fog and becoming more productive.
This book was written for those of us who have ever fallen into the trap of eating processed foods while ignoring nutrient rich vegetables, and have forgone activity for lives of convenience, or lack of time or energy. The choices we make have a strong bearing on how our brains function, and brain fog is an all too common side effect of the Standard American Diet and lifestyle. These choices can also predetermine our future brain health, which is probably something most of us don't think about. We have more power and control than we realize.
What's in the 3 week plan? The first week involves dietary changes. Take out everything that may cause brain fog, and replace it with foods that improve it. It's stringent, but also very flexible. Anyone can do it. You'll also work on improving your mood. You can loosen up a little on the diet the second week, but you will increase activity, improve sleeping habits, and learn new things to stimulate your brain. The third week is called a spirit revolution. There are many options, including religion, meditation, a connection with nature, or even political awareness.
None of the advice in this book is ground-breaking, and it can all be found elsewhere from very reputable medical websites. However, it is very helpful to have it consolidated in one place, especially to someone who hasn't taken the time to search through multiple resources. This book is also written in a manner that is very easy to follow and understand. The book includes many case studies that help explain how this information can help those that put it to use. I know that this works, and that brain fog can be cleared up if we are willing to make changes to our diet and lifestyle.
Brain fog caused me to float through my days in a near stupor, never really getting anything accomplished. I'd forget why I went into the next room. I had trouble concentrating. If you are considering this book, you already know how badly brain fog can affect your life. A few years ago, I started choosing food based on nutrients, not cravings. I chose the most colorful, nutrient dense vegetables and fruits available. I chose lean proteins, and high fiber foods. I cut way back on grains, and I gave up all added sugar as well as artificial ingredients. I cooked from scratch, giving up processed foods. I began exercising, working up to an hour a day on the treadmill. I discovered meditation, although it was difficult to master at first. Once I did, it made me feel incredibly relaxed. I became more social. I studied a second language. The result of these changes was a brain that was on fire! My energy levels went through the roof, and I even felt more confident.
By the way, I am in my 50s. I'm a grandmother, I work full time, and now I even help take care of my elderly mother. I'm a very busy person, but I found the time to plan and make these changes. It DOES take time and effort to improve our lives, but it doesn't have to be difficult. The quick results provide all the incentive you need to keep going. The Brain Fog Fix offers real advice for real people. It's do-able.
Mom isn't going to get better, but we are going to walk her through the steps in this book. Maybe it will help slow down the progression of her dementia, maybe it won't. But it will give her hope, and that can greatly improve each day, one day at a time.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with brain fog, or who has a loved one that needs help.
The basics, which you already know, are:
Kill the sugar, kill the junk you are eating.
Eat high quality protein.
Have a glass of wine - but not if you have any predilection towards going off the deep end. You know who you.
Have a glass of wine with a friend and add the social benefit.
Kill screen time.
Clear the toxins from your environment - start with your nasty cleaning products.
There you have it. I have saved you three hours of reading. But to do this, to really implement this program, get the book and get on schedule.
I also like the fact that the theories and information about Brain Fog is presented first. Then the 21 day plan is offered second it two separate sections. It gives us a choice on what we want to read first. If you know this info you can just skip ahead to the plan, or if you want to make your own plan you can simply read the info and then create your own without being forced to wade through his step-by-step plan.
The chapters and topics are also clearly separated so it's easy to find your place and pick up the book if you put it down for awhile.
Some of the key topics he focuses on is nutrition for those that experience brain-fog. Which foods help and which foods hurt. He provides a list as an extra feature for quick reference. There is considerable focus on blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, how such things contribute to brain fog, as well as how inflammation is a HUGE factor and how to reduce it naturally through modifications to diet. He points out that his nutrition plan is like a modified Mediterranean diet, so I found it easy to find recipes online that fit his plan without having to invest in any other cookbooks or anything.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is though he focuses on the behavioral cognitive therapy, and the emotional or intellectual obstacles that contribute to brain fog, there's a lot more to that problem than he goes over. I say this after having been through six years of therapy. Trying to turn around the thoughts that are destructive and contribute to the negativity that brings us down daily or prohibits developing helpful habits can be incredibly complicated. What he provides in the book is a stepping stone, and it may require a lot more information or help for many individuals than what he provides. At least, that's what I've found having been diagnosed with ADHD and Bipoloar disorder in my mid-30s. It's been trickier for me than perhaps someone who's in their teens.
Overall, I DEFINITELY recommend this book. It's easy to read, the information is solid, and you can use what helps you the most without needing to stick to the plan exactly as described to see any benefits.