While studying I have noticed that some diets contribute to wide swings of alertness and tiredness while other diets result in a steady slight brain fog for an extended period. Given the desire to maximize the alert output of my brain, what diet should I pursue?

A good answer to this question will assess the following dimensions: long term diet, specific meals, macro diet components, and the nature of personal nutrition requirements that can not be discovered by means of general advice.

  • For some further information: I've tested a diet focused on slow release carbohydrates, protein, and high vegetable content but I've been having troubles feeling full and in particular selecting carbohydrates that don't cause a huge "carb coma" or leave me feeling un-full. I've been taking Omega and vitamin D supplements and experimented with ketosis as well as intermittent fasting.
    – user20660
    Apr 19 '18 at 20:04
  • As it stands, this is... incredibly broad.
    – JohnP
    Apr 20 '18 at 0:08
  • Yeah, no kidding. Voting to close as too broad.
    – Carey Gregory
    Apr 20 '18 at 1:39
  • @user20660, there is a lot of information with specific diet recommendations for "carb coma" (postprandial somnolence) easily accessible via search engines.
    – Jan
    Apr 20 '18 at 7:45

Not knowing what diets you have used, or what your current diet restrictions are, its impossible to suggest a specific food. It also sounds like you are interested in self observation of results. Knowing this, you might find an excel chart I'm working on to be helpful (StapleFoodsNutrition.xlsx).

It's a work in progress, but the goal is to find a basic grouping of staple foods that check off all micro-nutritional DV's. This is useful for me so I can keep track of the foods I incorporate to my diet, check off the nutritional values I have met, observe any changes, and finally move to the next value of interest. Basically, I add a food to the list, test it the next week, adjust my serving size, observe and repeat. Sadly, you'll have to do the work to understand the file, and incorporate new foods, but its a starting point.

So far I've learned a decent amount about each vitamin and mineral on a much broader scale, and the difficulties of incorporating each without the use of supplements. My end goal is to ease a skin condition of mine. So far results wise, I have found that I wake up consistently at an earlier time without alarms, and my extremities feel warmer (Raynaud's-like symptoms).

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.