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Editorial Reviews


“Trudy Scott’s book, The Antianxiety Food Solution, fills an important gap in the popular literature on anxiety. It provides clear, helpful guidelines for utilizing nutrition to overcome anxiety.”
—Edmund Bourne, PhD, author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook.

“A great little book with plenty of practical advice backed by science.”
—Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

“Every one of the millions now suffering from anxiety has a new friend in Trudy Scott, whose book offers them a nutritional lifeline. Replete with specific and practical suggestions, this book is backed up by research and clinical expertise.”
—Julia Ross, MA, MFT, author of The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure

“This book is a must-read if you have anxiety and want to treat the underlying causes and heal, rather than having to rely on medications. Adjust your brain chemistry with the right nutrients and you can reclaim your brain and your life!”
—Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health

“This book is a real tour-de-force in complementary mental health literature and should be on the shelves of every anxiety sufferer. It’s a user-friendly and balanced book about foods and nutrients that can reduce anxiety, and it is also refreshingly original.”
—Jonathan Prousky, MSc, ND, professor of clinical nutrition at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and author of Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment

“As a nutrition and fitness expert and the mother of a child with an emotional disorder, I find this book invaluable. It is one I will use myself and recommend to both clients and colleagues.”
—JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS, nutrition and fitness expert, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, and cohost of TLC’s Freaky Eaters

“A leader in the field of food and mental health, Trudy Scott supplements the core themes of food and gut health with chapters on amino acids, pyroluria, and lifestyle changes. Trudy aptly emphasizes that readers should try to find the root cause of their health problems.”
—Lawrence E. Cormier, MD, holistic psychiatrist in Denver, CO

“This book may be the key you’ve been looking for. It does an excellent job of explaining the science behind anxiety and then bringing it to a practical level, providing a nutritional and integrative approach to anxiety.”
—Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN, director of doctoral studies at Hawthorn University in Whitethorn, CA, and author of Digestive Wellness

“Trudy Scott’s work communicates something I tell my patients every day: there is a powerful connection between what we eat and how we feel.”
—Mike Dow, PsyD, cohost of TLC’s Freaky Eaters

“I recommend this book not only to those who suffer from anxiety, but to their health care providers as well.”
—Karla Maree, certified nutrition consultant, neuronutrient therapist, and director of nutritional therapy at Recovery Systems Clinic

From the Publisher

The Antianxiety Food Solution presents effective natural treatments and dietary changes that can significantly reduce anxiety symptoms and improve mood.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1st edition (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572249250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572249257
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Trudy Scott is a Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, speaker and author of the book The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings (published by New Harbinger).

Trudy has a nutrition practice in Northern California, with a focus on Food, Mood and Women's Health. Trudy publishes an electronic newsletter entitled Food, Mood and Gal Stuff, available at www.everywomanover29.com and www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com.
Trudy's goal for all her clients: "You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world emotionally!"

Trudy lectures extensively, both at live events and via teleseminar. She is President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and is a member of Alliance for Addiction Solutions , Anxiety Disorders Association of America and National Alliance on Mental Health.

She lives in Northern California with her wonderful husband and they enjoy windsurfing, mountain-biking and skiing.

You can read all about Trudy here http://www.everywomanover29.com/about.html

You can read all about Trudy here http://www.everywomanover29.com/about.html

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I cried my way thru this book ~ out of JOY~ for finally finding a very helpful book! I have been on a journey for 10 years trying to navigate issues with depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia and other fun things. I've been to doctors, psychologists and counselors. I've been put on medication which after many years of that left me suicidal, overweight, depressed and very angry. It is VERY frustrating trying to navigate doctors, testing and information out there that could help you. This summer I read several books that addressed depression from a dietary and nutrition standpoint. This one was the best in my opinion. It's not too long, easy to read and understand, and well organized. And it agreed with several things I had read in other books ~ such as the use of amino acids, vitamins and issues with gluten and sugar to address depression, etc. There's many good 'life stories' in it too which help you relate. Thanks Trudy Scott!
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I am also going to go ahead and give this book three stars. Unlike the other 3 star review, I will say that I am a single, white, "affluent" (not really) female and I truly believe in eating organic and local and do the best I can with that. While more difficult, it is possible to live without processed "mainstream" foods. But I digress. This is a great "beginner's" book, if you know very little about these issues.

I was hoping that this book would be a God-send. She does have a lot of interesting information in here, laid out in a readable way. However, I was looking for nuance: what does a daily diet plan look like? How do amino acids interact and what combinations should the food be eaten in for maximum potentcy? What are lists of foods that convert to serotonin? ETC.

Maybe the book I want to read doesn't actually exist (yet). I am getting The Mood Cure (2004), which she referenced several times as a reference and this might get more into some of the more detailed info I was looking for.
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I have been battling anxiety and panic for nearly 20+ years now since I was 12 years old. Throughout my history I have been fed medicine after medicine for years. Given things like xanax to take every morning "because it helps" rather than the spot treatment that it should be intended to do. And over-prescribed medicines to just "mute" me. Recently, I got so bad that I ended up not going into work and working remotely for nearly 6 months and am now trying to get back in full time. Many things have happened in that time including going for half day 3x per week intensive outpatient therapies, changing medications from a standard ssri (zoloft) to an ocd focus medication (luvox). I also found that the clonopin they had me on every morning was not helping and I was addicted causing me horrible anxiety once it was getting out of my system.

One day my wife, daughter and I were at Barnes and Noble in Tysons Corner VA, my wife went to the bathroom and I was browsing the stress/anxiety section. My daughter literally climbed up the step stool and pulled this book out. I saw it and thought wow never thought about this...briefly read it and bought it. My wife read it cover to cover (as at that point I couldn't even read stuff because it was influencing my anxiety if I read about others. ). I now hardly have any gluten, darn near no caffeine and watch my sugar intake even more. I have truly felt a difference and am so grateful for this book being part of a big toolbox that has helped me get on the right path to recovery and living with anxiety.

I highly recommend this reading for anyone who is looking to take that next step in your battle with anxiety and panic disorders.
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I am a nutritionist who works with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. I know first hand that it can be crippling. Trudy Scott presents such a user-friendly format to work through this issue. Her use of assessments is invaluable to readers, letting them know immediately what their issues are, and offers step-by-step solutions using food and a few targeted amino acids. This book REALLY DOES help. And I bet readers will be amazed how much better they will feel overall, both mind and body, using this book's recommendations.

I appreciate this thoroughly researched gem, packed full of wisdom and immediate solutions, and so clearly written and accessible! I am thrilled to have this book to share with clients, and show them that there is an easy, effective alternative to the very, very addictive class of drugs called benzos (benzodiazepines).

Karla Maree, CNC, CNTS
San Carlos, CA
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Not being an especially anxious person, I wondered if this book would be useful to me. After reading it, I can wholeheartedly say YES! After more than a decade of feeling ill most of the time, with various headache, IBS, neck and back pain, fatigue, weight and other issues, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. No one explained the link between the food I was eating and my symptoms--this book does that nicely. I found the chapters on sugar and gluten to be key for me.

After a few weeks of living gluten and sugar free I am feeling much better. Best of all, the book made me feel empowered. I see now that I do have a choice as to how I will feel and fibro is not a sentence to lifelong pain and suffering, as it's commonly viewed. With a proper diet I can control and eventually eliminate symptoms while improving my overall health.

Thank you Trudy Scott for getting this valuable book into the hands of those of us who had almost lost hope.

My advice if you struggle with chronic health challenges: don't underestimate the role diet and nutrition play. Get this book TODAY and free yourself from needless suffering!
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