Choose Foods That Will Make You Feel Better

I did the homework and here is the cheat sheet!

Hello, my precious friends! I hope you’re feeling sunny and bright on this wonderful day. But even if not, I’m so glad you’re here!

What I have to share might help with some physical, mental, and emotional angst we’re carrying. Much of it is likely linked to what we’re eating. Why not choose foods that will make us feel better?

I want to choose better foods to address three specific areas of interest

1. Brain Cognition

If you read my last post, you know I have been dealing with brain fog. It has been interesting. You all have been so supportive and kind. I really appreciate your encouragement and prayers! I have been doing some research and reading up on things that can help with clarity of thought. I’ve been specifically focusing on which foods I should choose for better brain cognition.

2. Lower Cholesterol

I conducted a similar study awhile back when I received lab results indicating unexpectedly high cholesterol. I wanted to do better. I discovered that I could choose foods which would lower the numbers.

It was a chaotic time in my life and instead of making the necessary changes, I put my research in a file for a later date. My most recent lab tests revealed that my cholesterol is still a problem. No surprise there since I never really addressed it.

3. Gut Health

Another interest (just pure fascination), which has caused me to study food choice, is gut health. I’m learning about foods in both probiotic and prebiotic categories. By maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, we can counter much of the inflammation from which we suffer. I’m not an expert, by any means. I’ve just done some digging and saved the information I’ve gathered into my growing file of findings.

microbiome: noun / the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body).

An overlap in the research results?

Was there a significant overlap in the suggested diets for these three areas of interest, or was it my imagination? This week, I finally sat down and opened my fat file to pull my research together. I charted it into a concise cheat sheet with the goal of centering my diet on these healing foods. I also wanted to share it with you because life is beautiful, and we enjoy it most when we are feeling our best!

A chart illustrating the overlap of suggested foods to eat for enhancing cholesterol levels, brain cognition, and gut health
Choose foods that will help you feel better! Here is a cheat sheet.

I put the foods which I read could help lower dangerous LDL cholesterol into the blue circle. (Some of them can also boost the helpful HDL cholesterol while they’re at it!) The teal ring encapsulates foods which have been found to assist with brain cognition. The foods in the purple circle are said to improve gut health.

There really is a large overlap! The foods that are known to be good for all three areas of interest are nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetables, green tea, fruits, and soy products. These are in the center where the circles converge. Choosing these over other things can help you feel relief from several ailments at once!

The graph also logs foods which have been shown to help with one area of concern or overlap on two of them. Around the edges of the illustration, I have listed the specific items I found mentioned under some broader category headings. For instance, “whole grains” are widely touted, but specifically, I saw oats, bran, quinoa, and brown rice repeated in my research.

A few disclosures

I cannot certify that these findings are proven or complete. This is just a compilation of what I read, from sources I consider to be reputable. I plan to use it as a tool for my own meal planning and thought you might be interested as well.

Full disclosure – One of my granddaughters is visiting for a couple weeks and my grandson will arrive just after she leaves. Summers and grandkids pretty much require ice cream dates and other treats which are not on this list. They yield a different kind of wonderful feeling and I’m all here for it while I can be! I will embrace these ingredients completely in my daily menus next month.

But I’m looking forward to mid-July to see if I begin to feel better. I will eat with intention and keep you posted. There, now I’ve said it “out loud” and I welcome the accountability!

Use the cheat sheet in any way that is helpful

How about you? Have you noticed a correlation between your quality of life, sense of wellness, and your diet? Do you choose foods based on what will make you feel better? Are you interested in any of the categories I’ve studied? If so, please feel free to save, print, share, or do whatever you like with this chart I’ve made. Here’s to better health for us all!

One more thing…

P.S. one last thought. I called these foods “healing” because of the benefits they offer to our physical bodies. But they are only so because they were designed and given to us by an All-Powerful God who is Jehovah Rapha, our Great Physician. He is our Creator, Healer, Life Giver, and Sustainer.

Never do I want to elevate the created thing above the Creator. My faith is in God. He is the Good Father who gives good gifts. Healthy food is one of those gifts, given for our enjoyment and benefit. So is the gift of taste. I’m incredibly thankful for the creativity in His provision, aren’t you? All glory to God by Whom we are enabled to live well, eat well, and be well!

17 replies on “Choose Foods That Will Make You Feel Better”

One of the issues with “brain fog” that I have read about in Epoch Times is that it could be a side effect of mRNA vaccines (which are NOT vaccines at all, but gene therapy).
As for your chart, very informative, but you failed to put barbecue-grilled medium rare beef steak in the middle! 😁 (Just teasin’!)
❤️&🙏, c.a.

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That’s interesting! Did the information you read say whether brain fog was a temporary or permanent result? Oh, BBQ steak doesn’t belong on this chart… but if I was graphing “happiness foods” or “best aroma”, it would definitely make the sheet!

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The jury is still out on how long lasting any side effects of the mRNA “gene therapy” are. I avoided the nationwide “clinical trial” that was initiated without informed consent nor proper studies on effectiveness and side effects.
However, my sister and brother-in-law both had Pfizer, plus boosters, and no ill effects.
Hope yours was as innocuous.
❤️&🙏, c.a.

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I’ve been on this good choice for over 3 yrs and the inflammation that I had suffered before doing this healthy choise has dropped tremendously that was half of my weight issue. This is absolutely worth it. In all areas of our health. You got this!!!❤️

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Thanks for the cheat sheet! I have not walked the same path you are, but the Lord has been teaching me what foods I should avoid. I didn’t realize I was lactose intolerant till my late 30s. I’ve suffered from migraines for a long time and am still learning how certain foods or drinks will trigger my migraines. I’ll be praying for the Lord to continue to guide you in what foods are best for your body. God bless, my friend!💞

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If you have issues with brain fog and inflammation, you could consider cutting sugars/carbohydrates. Apart from that you can try to include lots of fermented foods into your diet. There’s plenty of choices: sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, apple cider vinegar. If you want you can have a look at my blog, I have lots of informations about this subject.

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