A revolutionary prescription for healing depression and anxiety and optimizing brain health through the foods we eat, including a six-week plan to help you get started eating for better mental health.Depression and anxiety disorders are rising, affecting more than fifty-eight million people in the United States alone.
Winner of a 2017 IACP Cookbook Award Finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by Well + Good and MindBodyGreen From leading psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy. What does food have to do with brain health? Everything. Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you're feeling energetic or fatigued, if you're upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, MD, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain-and by extension your body-properly fueled. Drawing upon cutting-edge scientific research, Dr. Ramsey identifies the twenty-one nutrients most important to brain health and overall well-being-the very nutrients that are often lacking in most people's diets. Without these nutrients, he emphasizes, our brains and bodies don't run the way they should. Eat Complete includes 100 appetizing, easy, gluten-free recipes engineered for optimal nourishment. It also teaches readers how to use food to correct the nutrient deficiencies causing brain drain and poor health for millions. For example: * Start the day with an Orange Pecan Waffle or a Turmeric Raspberry Almond Smoothie, and the Vitamin E found in the nuts will work to protect vulnerable brain fat (plus the fiber keeps you satisfied until lunch). * Enjoy Garlic Butter Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles and Mussels with Garlicky Kale Ribbons and Artichokes, and the zinc and magnesium from the seafood will help stimulate the growth of new brain cells. * Want to slow down your brain's aging process? Indulge with a cup of Turmeric Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, and the flavanols found in chocolate both increase blood flow to the brain and help fight age-related memory decline. Featuring fifty stunning, full-color photographs, Eat Complete helps you pinpoint the nutrients missing from your diet and gives you tasty recipes to transform your health-and ultimately your life.
How to fix the Modern American Diet and reclaim our minds and waistlines
"An insightful, eye opening adventure into diet and nutrition. Concise and witty, this book kept me engaged from cover to cover. A must-have for anyone serious about getting happy and healthy naturally."-Andrew Morton, MD, Board-certified Family Physician; Former Medical Corps, US Navy and Army Infantry Medic, Desert Storm
For the first time in history, too much food is making us sick. The Modern American Diet (MAD) is expanding our waistlines while starving and shrinking our brains. Rates of obesity and depression have recently doubled, and though these epidemics are closely linked, few experts are connecting the dots for the average American.
Using data from the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and nutrition, The Happiness Diet shows that over the past several generations, small, seemingly insignificant changes to our diet have stripped it of nutrients-like magnesium, vitamin B12, iron, and vitamin D, as well as some very special fats-that are essential for happy, well-balanced brains. These shifts also explain the overabundance of mood-destroying foods in the average American's diet and why they predispose most of us to excessive weight gain.
After a clear explanation of how we've all been led so far astray, The Happiness Diet empowers the reader to steer clear of this MAD way of life with simple, straightforward solutions, including:
* A list of foods to swear off
* Shopping tips and kitchen organization tricks
* A compact healthy cookbook full of brain-building recipes
* Practical advice, meal plans, and more!
Graham and Ramsey guide you through these steps and then remake your diet by doubling down on feel-good foods-even the all-American burger.
Praise for The Happiness Diet
"Finally, a rock-solid, reliable, informative, and entertaining book on how to eat your way to health and happiness. Run-don't walk-to read and adopt The Happiness Diet. This is the only diet book I've encountered that I can actually recommend to patients without reservation."-Bonnie Maslin, PhD, Psychologist and author of Picking Your Battles
"A lively, thorough, and iron-clad case for real food. You will never eat an egg-white omelet or soy protein shake again."-Nina Planck, author of Real Food and Real Food for Mother and Baby
"The book includes food lists, shopping tips, brain-building recipes, smart slimming strategies, and other useful tools to lose weight and keep the blues at bay."-AM New York