Don’t forget this step when starting the ReCODE Protocol.

I have enormous respect for the self-motivated souls who take their health into their own hands by implementing the diet and lifestyle of the ReCODE Protocol™ themselves..with one caveat.

taking stepsDon’t skip getting evaluated for cognitive impairment to determine whether further medical evaluation is warranted.  This is especially true for the health boot-strappers who perceive that they’re already having “senior moments”.

It is common for people to either over- or under-estimate the extent of their memory issues.  Under-estimation risks not getting treatment early enough when the ReCODE Protocol™ is the most effective and success rates are highest.  On the other end, why live with undue worry by over-estimating cognitive blips?  Instead, it is wise to get an objective measure of cognitive functioning via a clinically-validated cognitive assessment.

Understandably, most people are hesitant to take a cognitive test.  When I meet someone to administer a MoCA test, before I can ease their mind a bit, I usually sense emotion from subtle apprehension to pained anxiety over the possibility of not hitting the “normal” score range.  I see nervousness in those who end up breezing through the test.

It’s common for people who initially describe their memory issues as quite modest to perform on the test in a way that reflects much more significant cognitive impairment.   Recognizing cognitive decline could jeopardize how one sees themself and their future.  Although it might initially seem less stressful to tune out how much cognitive functioning has actually been declining, having impairment identified as early as possible provides the best chance for complete reversal of cognitive decline via the ReCODE Protocol™ and/or proper diagnosis by a physician to guide the most effective treatment.

Some Cognitive Test Options

A few of the least expensive, least time-consuming clinically-validated cognitive Read More

Fat is a good sign. Heartburn and brain fog too.

Common symptoms can be signs of a needed change and shift in your life.  Sometimes disease progression is beyond our control, but most often it creeps up slowly with warning signs that it’s time to do something differently.

Fat displays a good, robust sign

Fat cells signing

Fat cells waving for your attention Photo credit: Great Beyond / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Excess body fat often signals that your metabolism is off kilter.  It’s hugely important to keep your metabolism in balance.  Metabolic syndrome affects one-third of Americans, increasing their risk of a host of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Although it’s called a silent epidemic, you can often plainly see it: four out of five people with metabolic syndrome are fat.

And thank goodness for that big fat sign.  I think the one-out-of-five thin people who have metabolic syndrome without the tell-tale bodyfat are the unlucky ones.  People who are skinny-fat or “TOFI”—Thin on the Outside, Fat on the Inside—don’t have the benefit of belly bulge to warn them about lurking diseases.  They can feel blind-sided by a heart attack, diabetes diagnosis, or other health crisis.

Back when I had a spare tire, I felt lousy.  Even if purely out of vanity rather than how it made me feel, obvious excess bodyfat compelled me to make different food and exercise choices.  Stress and insufficient sleep were certainly other factors that disrupted metabolism and put on the pounds.

Please be gentle with yourself if you see extra fat.  Read More