The HTIC Diet for Brain Power Optimization!
A healthy diet is always going to be the most important aspect in your health. So it goes without saying that eating well can benefit your brain. But what we’re interested in here is unlocking the secrets of unleashing maximum potential. For starters, subtract all junk and processed foods from your diet and replace them with whole food such as those on the list below.
*Consider that the list is a general guideline as ideal diet is going to be very personal. For every food you can find a positive and negative factor. If you have an allergy to a certain food then the negative may outweigh the positive. Additionally, the body is constantly adapting and nutritional needs and sensitivities change over time. An effective course of action is use this guide to plan your eating lifestyle in the near future and adjust as necessary, subtracting any foods that don’t agree with your body. Periodic cleansing and intermittent fasting along with addressing food and environmental allergies (that could very well be linked to leaky gut disorder) will improve your results over time and allow you bring foods back into your diet that you were once sensitive to.
A little added bonus to eating right for your brain – The rest of your body will thank you as well! You’ll burn fat and retain muscle more easily! You should start noticing clearer skin, more energy and less general pain and inflammation after sticking to the diet for a few weeks to months (Although some people start to notice this in a matter of days).
What to eat…?
Grass Fed/Grass Finished or Wild
Pasture Raised Poultry
Wild Caught Fish from the least polluted waters ONLY
Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
Sardines (Generally from the Pacific Ocean. Because of their tiny size and short lifespan, Sardines are less susceptible to mercury and PCB contamination)
Anchovies (Again, small size + short life span = low toxicity from mercury and PCB’s)
For a more in depth look at sea food toxicity and over farming check out this report
Pastured/Grass Fed Butter and Ghee (clarified butter)
Other grass fed animal fats
Omega-3 fats from Krill Oil or Fish Oil (Opt for Krill if available and affordable due to it’s natural Astaxanthin content which is an antioxidant that protects against rancidity of the very beneficial but easily oxidized Omega-3 fatty acid content)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Quality varies significantly. Generally California Oil is best)
Carbs – LOW fruit consumption
(Organic Vegetables Ideally juiced and/or cooked with small amounts of raw intake)
Step #1 is to eat foods in there natural state. Make this your main priority and get all those processed foods out of your diet ASAP! This includes so called “health foods” like processed granola, energy, or protein bars. The more natural the better!
Step #2 is start optimizing the quality of the natural state foods. Organic is always advisable when you can afford it, but there are ways to close to all organic and healthy too.
– The first stop is a local farmer’s market where you can learn about how the food you’re eating is grown by face to face interaction with the farmers (You can find a list of CSA’s, or Community Supported Agriculture here).
-Second, check out this list of 48 fruits and veggies ranked for levels of pesticides detected. When you need to save some money on groceries consult the list to see which produce you should make sure to buy organic and where you can get away with buying conventional.