And get your life into high gear
“Beyond calories, fat, protein, and micronutrients, we now understand that food is a powerful epigenetic modulator — meaning it can change our DNA for better or worse.” — Dr. David Perlmutter, Grain Brain
I used to live for dough. Anything made of dough was the object of my desires and the highlight of my days.
My “dough baptism” happened during my 4 years in Italy: I would start the day with something fatty spread on a mushy piece of brown bread; then, I’d get a croissant on my way to school; I’d get a focaccia sandwich at lunch and I would finish the day with gnocchi in cheese and tomato sauce.
Back then I made very little connections between the food I ingested and my mental well-being. I thought I was okay as long as I didn’t eat at McDonald's. Little did I know, I lived on an insulin roller-coaster. My young adult metabolism was able to handle it for a while without too many side effects. Yet, over the years, the consequences compounded. My anxiety began to rise. I would get tired a couple of hours after every meal; which led me to consume more caffeine; which made me more anxious. I began to have digestion issues. Colds, coughs and sore throats would manifest more often and last longer. My acne got worse. My dwindling energy made me more passive in social interactions, which increased my isolation. The quality of my life was plummeting. Something had to change.
In 2015, my mother shared an audio-book with me : Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter. I had nothing better to do on my way to meet her at the airport so I pressed “play”. Unbeknownst to me, this would be the start of my journey to improve my life by using food as preventive medicine. As I listened, I became amazed at how little I had examined my diet in my 21 years of life. In his book, Dr. Perlmutter unmasks many “silent killers” we consume every day : glucose, gluten, high fructose corn syrup, wheat, etc. His words, facts and studies got me enlightened but also perplexed. How could I live without all of that yummy stuff in my life? I knew I couldn’t get rid of everything at once. So, I settled on trying one week without gluten…