Ep. 004 – Perimeter Shopping in the Supermarket

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 004 of the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. This is a shorter, five-minute episode in which we provide a tip for improving the function of your brain.

In Episode 004, Dr. Trayford focuses on grocery shopping around the perimeter of the supermarket. Think about it for a moment: Generally, what kind of food items are found along the perimeter of the supermarket, and what kinds of food items are in the middle? Exactly! So join us to learn more about how the foods you eat matter to your brain.

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Perimeter shopping is a concept that more and more people are knowing about when I do lectures, whether it be for two or two hundred people. When I ask about perimeter shopping I see hands go up all over the place now.

Perimeter shopping is exactly what it implies. It’s going into the supermarket and what lies on the outside? If you think about it, real quick.
Jason: Usually produce right?
Produce and live foods right? Whole foods. Things that haven’t been changed much from their source.

If you look at meats, milk, fruits and vegetables, these things are all pretty much close to the original source. There are implications of some things not necessarily being as healthy as they should be, particularly in certain types of supermarkets. But that’s a topic for a different podcast.

For this one we’re just simply talking about where whole foods lie. The term whole foods is really an incredibly important concept for people to try to understand, because in this day and age it’s really quite disturbing. If you go to certain areas, like inner cities, where people don’t have gardens and farms.

I’m in Asheville North Carolina and Jason, you’re out in Utah and we have big open area where people still grown things correct?

When you go into different cities, like Detroit Michigan, places like that and you look at the schools and some people simply don’t have any concept of food coming out of the ground and that food was living at one point.

This concept is really important because the bottom line is that your brain is driven by energy. That is sugar and oxygen. All sugar comes from the foods that we eat. If we’re eating foods that are very far from their source. So basically if you think about it, anything in a box or can or bag. The further it is from the source the harder it is for our brain to get adequate fuel from that food source.

So whole foods live in the perimeter of the supermarket. They are by far the best, most efficient, readily available sources of fuel for our brains. If we intend to train our brain to any degree of success, we need to make sure that we have the proper gas in the tank.

So we will expand on these topics as time goes on, but if you don’t have any other questions about the perimeter shopping we’ll
Jason: I do have one question. Where can I find organic, or freshly grown Oreos?

They’re working on that I think.

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