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Optimal Paleo Brain Food

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

What is the optimal brain food best to eat in the morning for heavy mental work during the day? Which helps with concentration difficulties?

Good protein and fats are important, I guess. Maybe egg yolks. What else?

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:45 AM

link no longer works :(

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:33 PM

Apparently it contains lots of flavonoids,which help to protect the brain.It is regularly being linked to prevent Alzheimer. My grandma needed to eat 1square dark chocolate a day for this.:)

A0934b08fe8603688d8840a21063d068

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:04 PM

Haha! My bad, can't believe I didn't notice that!

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on August 18, 2011
at 05:26 PM

At Cliff - yes I do eat VLC but I feel like this was happening before i started on this lifestyle. I was overweight by 30 to 40 pounds and I remember having various mood swings before Paleo. Some days I was totally in the dumps and others high as a kite. When I was high my brain was also functioning at a top level. One of my theories to my high after drinking, was my body was dehydrated, therefore triggering something in my brain because I needed to seek water immediately.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:32 PM

thanks a lot, very helpful.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Maybe I have some salad with coconut oil on for lunch. Other than that, it is nothing besides water and coffee.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:17 PM

"Wild Salmon Nuts"!?, I bet the salmon would be wild if you ate his nuts:)

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Wow, wild salmon nuts! ;) haha

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on August 18, 2011
at 03:33 PM

Why dark chocolate?

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on August 18, 2011
at 01:33 PM

I am starting to take L carnitine as well.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:16 PM

okay, granted...

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:15 PM

acetyl L carnitine is usually mentioned regarding cognitive function. Years ago I started taking it when I was VLC but i still take it now. 2 grams per day - one gram upon rising and one gram before bed. google and you'll see lots regarding its affect on brain control, err I mean function

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:11 PM

Do you imply hat low-carb impairs brain function?

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:09 PM

gps do you eat low carb? Beer contains carbs so this may be helping if you otherwise eat pretty low carb

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Too much carbohydrates(how much is too much) make YOU tired, not me. Regardless carbohydrates are the only macronutrient proven to have short term memory benefits. I haven't seen the evidence that moderate coffee use wears out your adrenals, I don't need coffee personal but wouldn't mind using as a smart drug if i need.

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:00 PM

+1 I've always felt fantastic and more on point the day after a sashimi dinner.

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:00 PM

I've always felt fantastic and more on point the day after a sashimi dinner.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:45 AM

Great question which I would love to know the answer to. There are days where my memory is very good, I have clearer thoughts, I'm funnier, and I'm articulate. Then there are days where I forget simple words that I don't use everyday when I'm trying to piece together a sentence. For example....it took me 10 to 15 seconds to think of articulate right now. Happens all the time. What I do notice, is after a night of drinking beer, I wake up feeling like crap, but my brain is on point.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:39 AM

Too much carbohydrates make you tired. Afaik coffee wears out your adrenals in the long term.

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A0934b08fe8603688d8840a21063d068

on August 18, 2011
at 11:03 AM

Top 20 Best Foods For Your Brain

List Includes:
Avocado
Blueberries
Wild Salmon
Nuts
Seeds
Pomegranate
Tea
Oysters
Olive Oil
Tuna
Garlic
Eggs
Green Leafy Vegetables
Tomatoes

Looks like a lot of the foods listed are perfect for Paleo!

EDIT: Wild Salmon Nuts is now Wild Salmon and Nuts. However, Wild Salmon Nuts must be twice the brain food.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Wow, wild salmon nuts! ;) haha

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:17 PM

"Wild Salmon Nuts"!?, I bet the salmon would be wild if you ate his nuts:)

A0934b08fe8603688d8840a21063d068

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:04 PM

Haha! My bad, can't believe I didn't notice that!

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:48 PM

I actually asked Mark Sisson about this when I met him in person at his lecture in NYC in May. I mentioned that I work a desk job that is seasonally busy, so while the hours are normal for the better part of the year, there are also predictable periods when they are out of control, and that my coworkers' response to the stress usually involves taking breaks to eat crap/drink crap/smoke crap etc. I told him how I used to handle this (terrible sleep, tons of coffee with tons of milk, soda, energy drinks, sugary candy, processed snacks, chocolate bars, etc) but that the stress is still a huge factor and that if I'm going to "cave in" - what exactly should I be caving into? He said that for "serious number crunching" that my best bet would be to keep on hand some dark chocolate, nuts with good omega ratios, and that I should not go too crazy on the caffeine and make sure my sleep was the best it could be. Been thinking back to this now that things are picking up again! Not optimal for every day but it has definitely gotten me through some go-go-go times at work when avoiding modern day stress is not entirely possible.

Edit: he also mentioned yerba mate, since he a did a post about it around that time. Nice change from coffee!

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on August 18, 2011
at 03:55 PM

check this out http://flare8.net/health/doku.php/mental_function , references included.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:32 PM

thanks a lot, very helpful.

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:45 AM

link no longer works :(

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:09 AM

Fish! Very good brain food.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:00 PM

I've always felt fantastic and more on point the day after a sashimi dinner.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 18, 2011
at 12:00 PM

+1 I've always felt fantastic and more on point the day after a sashimi dinner.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:01 AM

carbohydrates are the best bet imo. a couple pieces of fruit make a great addition to breakfast.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101123101751.htm

oj and coffee maybe?? :)

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:39 AM

Too much carbohydrates make you tired. Afaik coffee wears out your adrenals in the long term.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on August 18, 2011
at 12:16 PM

okay, granted...

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Too much carbohydrates(how much is too much) make YOU tired, not me. Regardless carbohydrates are the only macronutrient proven to have short term memory benefits. I haven't seen the evidence that moderate coffee use wears out your adrenals, I don't need coffee personal but wouldn't mind using as a smart drug if i need.

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669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Fatty Fish,coconut,walnuts and very dark chocolate are usually referenced as brain foods

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on August 18, 2011
at 03:33 PM

Why dark chocolate?

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:33 PM

Apparently it contains lots of flavonoids,which help to protect the brain.It is regularly being linked to prevent Alzheimer. My grandma needed to eat 1square dark chocolate a day for this.:)

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on August 18, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Seaweed! And other sea plants. Atleast, that's what I've heard. Also, fish.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:44 PM

In my case, (n=1) the mornings that I intermittent fast, I seem to have the best clarity.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:23 PM

When I need to think good for hours straight, I don't breakfast. Breakfast makes me unfocused, sleepy and less creative.

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Maybe I have some salad with coconut oil on for lunch. Other than that, it is nothing besides water and coffee.

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