Tom Hanks has been in some of the biggest movies of all time, but it’s actually one of his box office flops that holds a special place in my heart - Joe Versus the Volcano. As the movie opens, we see the incredibly dreary world through which Joe trudges every day. His office is perfectly bleak right down to the greenish, soul-sucking fluorescent lighting.
At one point, Joe’s doctor tells him that he is suffering from a brain cloud - a condition the disinterested doctor seems to have made up. The absurdity is what makes it funny.
The thing is... nowadays just about every health product and diet claims to alleviate brain fog. It’s perfect, right? Make up a symptom that most people can convince themselves they have... and that they can just as easily convince themselves has been cured by the product they bought or the diet they tried. Confirmation bias is a wonderful thing.
For me, it’s a red flag when a product lists brain fog as one of the symptoms it cures. Instead of spending your hard-earned dough, maybe check out Joe Versus the Volcano. Joe beats his brain fog by finding purpose and gratitude in life. Now if only we could bottle THAT!
A good shell game is magical... and a lot of fun. Which shell is the nut under? It works because we accept the rules of the game. What would happen if we stepped back and said, "The nut is under one of those three shells. I don't really care which one."? It wouldn't be any fun, but on the upside you'd be right... every time.
To me, focusing on macros (protein/fat/carbs) is like playing the shell game. Just look back over the past couple of years. Low fat... no, wait... high protein... no, wait... low carb... no, wait... high fat. The food companies like it when we play the shell game. It keeps us distracted from the real issue (processed foods) while spending money on their products. The health & fitness industry likes it for the same reason. Consumers like playing the shell game, too. It's more seductive and fun than practicing the basic principles of healthy eating.
So what is the dietary equivalent of saying, "The nut is under one of those three shells. I don't really care which one."? Eating only whole foods... all the time... any time you open your mouth. The human body is incredibly flexible and any diet consisting of whole foods (of a reasonable variety) is going to provide a sufficient amount of protein, fat, and carbs. More importantly, you will achieve energy balance and nutrient density in a manner that is sustainable. It isn't sexy. It can't be sold nor profited from. And for that reason you won't be given this message by most sources, but it works... and it is the only thing (in the absence of obsessive self-control) that works long term.