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Bye Bye Brain Fog! How to Stop Experiencing Emotional Lows Through Diet Change

Let’s talk brain fog…

Wiki Definition: Clouding of consciousness, also known as brain fog or mental fog, is a term used in medicine denoting an abnormality in the regulation of the overall level of consciousness that is mild and less severe than a delirium. The sufferer experiences a subjective sensation of mental clouding described as feeling “foggy.”

TLC’s Definition: Tired AF, Forgetful AF, Irritated AF, Lazy AF, Anxious AF, and Emotional AF

If any ONE of these feelings describes you, you are my dear, are experiencing BRAIN FOG and if not handled it could lead you to feel symptoms of mild depression. Dr. Kelly Brogan, a psychiatrist, expert in psychosomatic medicine (someone who studies the relationships between social, psychological and behavioral factors have on the body) as well as an expert in integrative holistic medicine wrote a full book on this very topic!

If you haven’t checked out the most recent TLC READING CORNER, I suggest you do that and get her book asap! She really is the one of the few MD’s that are tracking how twisted meds are, and she is trying to give power back to her patients to change, not only their emotional states, but “diseases” labeled and created by pharmaceutical companies. Yup, you heard that right. In fact, in a book I recently read by Steven Pressfield, “The War of Art, Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” he says…

Dr. Kelly Brogan believes that depression is a SYMPTOM of a deeper issue and one that, most often, can be cured by paying attention inward. She doesn’t believe the myth of “chemical imbalance” rather that it’s your body saying something is off. Whether it be lifestyle, diet, and or products we use, the body is designed to alert you when there is inflammation, and it shows up in different ways. It’s our job to pay attention.

Two weeks ago on Snapchat, I spoke of this very thing and told my Snapchat family how I was experiencing brain fog because the summer is usually quite busy for me, not to mention, SOCIAL. Everyone seems to be wanting to do something during the summer here in Las Vegas so as you can imagine, it’s really easy to slip into unhealthy routines and when that happens, not only does my body start reacting, my mind starts to, LITERALLY, shut down. I’ll tell you how in a second but I will say, I’ve trained myself to listen to my body. I know instantly when foods, drinks or a lifestyle isn’t working for me, and I try to adjust accordingly and IMMEDIATELY. But like always, it’s important to enjoy your life, and sometimes it’s ok to be unhealthy at times, but not STAY unhealthy.

How a bad routine and diet affects me physically:

+ I get dark circles under my eyes
+ My skin becomes irritated and I get rashes on my back and arms
+ My arms and legs itch like CRAZY
+ Allergies progress: Eyes won’t stop watering, and nose is super congested
+ I get super bloated and constipated
+ I get aches and pains all over especially lower back

How a bad routine and diet affects me mentally/emotionally:

+ I get impatient, tired and irritated fast
+ I get anxious and overwhelmed
+ I procrastinate more and get lazy
+ Easier for me to take things personally and be EMO (emotional)
+ My sex drive takes a dive…. (who has time for that?)

Wanna know how to say “bye bye to brain fog” cuz’ really, who wants to prolong this feeling? NOT ME!

Ok, here we go!
1. Ditch the dairy!:

At least for 30 days and see how you feel. I know cheese, ice cream, and coffee creamer are yummy AF but we don’t realize how much dairy is affecting our lives. Even though you may not be outwardly allergic, your body is certainly reacting to dairy in a sick way because dairy causes so much inflammation in the body. The same inflammation that is communicating to the mind that the body is NOT happy, and we wonder why we feel depressed. “Literature in psychiatry that supports immune responses to protein casein in dairy, primarily cow, as playing a role in conditions ranging from depression to schizophrenia.” – Dr. Kelly Brogan

2. Say no to processed & artificial sugars:

Here’s the tricky part, most EVERYTHING in our cabinets, if we aren’t careful, contains sugar that not only spikes our blood sugar but feeds the bad bacteria in our gut that craves more! “The reaction that takes place in the body in response to this high intake of various forms of sugar is called reactive hypoglycemia, which can masquerade as a number of different symptoms consistent with depression and anxiety.” There is a significant difference between processed/artificial sugars and NATURAL sugars. Natural sugars are sugars found in fruits which the body recognizes and can digest, processed and artificial sugars is what’s making dat brain foggy!

3. Give alcohol a break:

I will say, Millennial’s are killing the drinking game. It’s literally becoming a part of our culture in the way that its the norm. Business meeting? Let’s grab a drink! Brunch? Drinks! Dinner? Drinks! After workout? Drinks! … But what we don’t realize is this is a significant factor diminishing our energy and vibration. Trust me… ya’ll know I love my red wine BUT when I start feeling a brain fog, I know it’s time to chill. So what I’d suggest is giving alcohol a break during “Operation Brain Fog” and if you choose to start integrating it back make sure you keep it CLEAN! Stick with organic wine, tequila or gin with lemon or lime.

4. Reduce your Meat intake:

As most of you know I eat a plant-based diet majority of the time. Which means I eat approximately 80-90% of raw veggies and fruits, the other 10-20% are fish and meats, if I choose. Here’s the deal though, your body was not meant to digest the amounts of meats we are consuming in this day and age. That’s just the truth. Some people are eating meat’s three times a day, EVERYDAY and that’s just NOT going to promote optimal energy because your body is too busy digesting, instead of doing the other THOUSANDS of things our bodies were meant to do. The goal is to make it really easy for your body to digest so that it can “FOCUS” on other things… Let me say that again, FOCUS… The lack of focus we feel has a lot to do with the body being backed up with too many things to do. So do what you can to eat foods that promote digestion so that you sustain optimal energy.

5. Eat more FATS:

What?! Yup. I’m not talking McDonalds, fried, hydrogenated oils fats… I’m talking about natural fats that promote your cells. Let’s talk about your cells for a second. Your blood cells are what carry oxygen and nutrients to your vital organs, but in order to feed our cells so they can do their VERY IMPORTANT job, we have to feed them healthy fats for them to grow! What are healthy fats? Healthy fats are avocados, olive oil, pistachios, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts and the list goes on. Incorporating these into your diet is what is going to feed your BRAIN… and if we are feeding our brain what it needs, brain fog won’t exist.

6. Water, Water, WATER:

It is SOOO important that you are always hydrating your cells with H2O. It’s the most important part of all this, yet so many people are walking around quenching their thirst with soda, Redbull, juices…. STOP!

Get yourself a big bottle, and I personally like this one:

Cut up some lemon to put in it and drink away!

7. Move your ass:

Girl, you gotta move! If you are experiencing brain fog, not only do we need to check what we are putting in our bodies, but we have to shift our energy through movement. And doing things that promote the lymphatic system ( a vital part of our immune system) is one of the most important keys to promoting optimal energy. We can do a full article on this alone but what you can do now is take time every day to stretch, walk, jump on a rebounder or dance!

There you have it, babe! My seven ways to get rid of brain fog. Brain fog is no fun and often leaves us feeling powerless, but we aren’t! It’s time to take control of our health so we can take back power over our emotions. Who’s gonna try these tips for the next two weeks? Or, if you are a real warrior, who’s gonna try this for 30 days?

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Christal Fuentes

Christal is the Founder of The Ladies Coach. She lives and BREATHES her belief which is that you can’t find fulfillment in life WITHOUT mastering the art of relationships!

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27 Comments

  • Love the article Christal! I’ve been experiencing brain fog for a couple months now, but didn’t know what to do to fix it! I just bought Kelly Brogan’s audiobook!!! Woot! Woot! 😊
    I am also going to try your tips for the next two weeks and let you know how I am doing. 🤗

  • Love this article. It has helped me realise that some of my brain fog is caused by a slip in my diet and it’s not all related to my B12 deficiency.

  • Loved this! I actually got allergy tested because of brain fog. Casein was the culprit and I keep away from dairy for the most part but I notice my mood is altered when I do have cheese. I’ve never had dairy explained to me as being a cause for changing my mental health. Looks like I have some researching to do and another good reason not to have cheese. Thanks so much for the informative article xx

    • Hi Jenn, I’m so glad you got tested! I encourage everyone to get tested because it is important to know that what we are feeding our bodies promotes optimal health and so many “unknown” allergies can become severe if not delt with early. Thank you for your support and so glad this article can help! XO

  • I bloody love this!! I’m going to have to get that book too! I just ordered the editorial pick book this week 😍 Material girl, mystical world.
    I love TLC definitions of brain fog… TIRED AF 😂. Irritated AF.
    Love all the suggestions you guys are amazing.
    Kristy xx

    • Have your b12 and iron levels checked. I didn’t realise until I was tested that my low b12 was the cause of my brain fog, moods and energy levels. I am now on injections every month and I can’t believe how different I feel.

  • Needed this today. Brain for has been slowly attacking me this winter (Aussie) and I need to take control before I keep going in my downward spiral. My poor girls and husband have been the ones who have paid for it and in turn that makes me feel even worse.
    Thank You!

    • Hi Mon, I totally understand babe and the good news is you have FULL control. Your body is so intelligent and all we need to do is take care of her so our mental and emotional state is optimal! You are not alone. Take baby steps everyday to incorporate a healthier routine. XO

  • Love this article! It makes so much sense to me why i have been feeling so excuse the lanaguage but absolutely shitty. In my life situations i cant afford to have brain fog for long periods of time preferably not to have it at all. Sign me up for the next 2 weeks lets see what i can accomplish. Thankyou TLC for all you put up. Appreciate it to the moon and back

  • Great read! I’ve experienced this many times throughout my life so I’ll definitely be giving this book a go 😊 thanks girl awesome topic as usual 👍😙

  • Thank you so much for this article Christal, it has really made me stop and look at what I am doing and putting in to my mouth just to get through another day. I’m beginning to make small changes.
    Love your snaps as well. 😊

  • It may seem silly but I hadn’t really thought of the link between the foods we eat and our emotional wellbeing before reading this article. It makes total sense but for some reason I have always viewed the two independently. Thank you for sharing your experiences with it and I can’t wait to read this book to gain more knowledge about it!

  • What a great read once again!! This book must be SO good and full of just the info I love learning about. It’s amazing how much better we feel overall, once incorporating these healthy habits into our lives. Thanks for the snippet beautiful! Xo’s 💝

  • I really enjoyed this article! It’s certainly made me reevaluate. When you talked about how you were eating better and moving your energy i was inspired haven’t touched refined sugars since and have limited dairy massively and its seemed to help with the persistent brain fog! 😁

  • Thank you for this article, it came at s great time! Funny how the world works, I was only thinking the other day how brain fog was starting to really effect me and that I need to get on top of it! Your articles are always so relevant, love it! 💕😘

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