Better Food, Better Brain

By Gregg Sledziewski, Mikka Knapp RDN, LDN

Like the body, the brain needs proper nutrition to operate at peak performance.  Over time fast food, poorly balanced diets, chemicals, preservatives and the like take a toll on our brain, just like our bodies.  We all realize this, but often struggle balancing our nutritional needs with the reality of life.  Websites and endless articles are a good start, but often we need some help.

Consider enlisting the help of a registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  With nutrition counseling, you’ll develop tools and strategies so you’re not staring blankly into the refrigerator thinking “what the heck am I supposed to eat?”  Find someone who takes a holistic approach, taking into account all aspects of your family’s life.  Your schedule, relationships, work life, stress levels, environment, and genetic predispositions are unique to YOU and influence the nutrition your body needs.

Some Dietitian Nutritionists may include the following in addition to Nutrition Counseling:

  • Meal Planning
  • Testing – food sensitivities, potential metabolic issues, etc.
  • Pantry/Refrigerator Makeover – just like our closets, sometimes the cupboards need to be cleaned out.
  • Grocery Store Tour – how to read labels, ingredient lists, etc.

The above list serves as a good foundation.  However, with a guide, there can be a more targeted approach customized for you and your family.  All recommendations by a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist are supported by peer-reviewed research and the clinical experience of experts in the field of nutrition.

At the Brain Wave Center, we embrace the philosophy of “food as medicine” and that the food at the end of our forks is either promoting or preventing disease.  We have a registered dietician nutritionist whose goal is to get your brain functioning at its best based on better nutrition.

Neurofeedback is a process that allows the brain to rewire itself in ways that feel and work better.  Now imagine how much more impactful supplying your brain with the nutrients it needs to support that rewiring process can be.  Choosing the right foods provides the building blocks and fuel for a healthy brain.

For more information on neurofeedback and/or nutrition counseling call 941-552-4500 or visit our website at

To view the original article in the November issue of Sarasota’s Natural Awakenings please visit:

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