What you eat effects how you think – a concept at the core of the Prayers and Apples philosophy (see: Similarities Between Food Addiction and Drug Addiction, Food’s Effect on Memory, Childhood Nutrition and Academic Achievement and Omega-3 Deficiencies and Mood Disorders). Supporting this principle, Dr. Frank Lawlis, New York Times bestselling author and chief content advisor for the Dr. Phil Show, and Dr. Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, nutritionist and author of 20/20 Thinking, have published The Brain Power Cookbook – a collection of over 200 recipes specifically designed to heal the brain. In addition to healthy meal suggestions, Lawlis and Greenwood-Robinson offer easy-to-understand explanations for their selections. Some excerpts:
All proteins are valuable to your brain, but there are two in particular that will keep your brain energized: eggs and yogurt. Eggs are a treasure trove of choline, an essential nutrient for making the brain chemical acetylcholine, required for normal brain function. […] Yogurt is made up of both protein and carbohydrate, a power-packed combo of nutrients that provides an even release of energy for mental and physical performance.
The brain… is highly vulnerable to oxidation, a tissue-damaging process that occurs when oxygen reacts with fat. The by-products of this reaction are free-radicals, which attack cell membranes and ultimately lead to disease. Antioxidants, available from food and made naturally by the body, neutralize free radicals and interrupt this process.