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The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body Paperback – December 11, 2012
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“A new weight-loss plan that promises to tackle your mood as well as your waistline.” ―The Daily Mail
“Smart eating rules... mouthwatering meal plans.” ―Martha Stewart Living
“The diet trend of 2012. Designed to boost your mood -- and shrink your belly.” ―Epicurious
“The diet that that will help you stay healthy, maintain a sharp mind, and keep those pesky blues at bay!” ―Women's Health
“The big idea behind the book is simple: the same foods responsible for the epidemics of obesity and diabetes are contributing to the massive spike in mood disorders across the country.” ―Spark
“Turns out my fast-food diet, with all those processed chemicals and hardly any nutrients, was throwing off my body's feel-good chemistry.” ―Dave Zinczenko, editor-in-chief Men's Health
“The book points out which foods lead to depression and anxiety, and it suggests antidotes such as grass-fed beef, butter, yogurt and whole milk to better your mood. By changing what you eat, say the authors, you can "stabilize your moods. You can improve your focus. You can even make your brain grow." And you thought doughnuts made you happy?!” ―Time
“Thanks to the modern American diet (MAD), people are getting too many calories from sugar and refined carbohydrates (i.e., empty calories); eating the wrong kinds of fats, like too many omega 6 fats (found in cheap vegetable and seed oils like soy, corn, cottonseed, safflower and sunflower oil); and too many trans fats, which are not only linked to heart disease but to depression.” ―Self magazine
“Undernourished brains, the authors say, go hand-in-hand with overweight bodies -- and they back up these claims with voluminous amounts of data.” ―The Today Show
“The hefty cheeseburger that adorns the cover represents that book's main theme: the all-American cheeseburger can be healthy, if all the ingredients are natural, full of nutrients, and haven't traveled far from the farm to the plate.” ―Everyday Health
“The authors demonstrate, persuasively, that if you're feeding your brain the Standard American Diet – whose eerily appropriate acronym is SAD – you're undermining your mental health.” ―Vital Choice
“We know that the typical American diet -- filled with processed food and added sugar -- is making us fat. But it's also making us depressed, according "The Happiness Diet," a new book that links food to feelings.” ―MSNBC
“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
“Full of important facts and useful information (their "Top 100 Reasons to Avoid Processed Foods" will stun even the well-informed), The Happiness Diet offers a nutritional prescription for a sharp brain, balanced mood and lean, energized body.” ―The Olympian
“The Happiness Diet promotes nutritionally rich organically raised meats, dairy and eggs with all the natural fats in tact.” ―Metro
“If you're tired of sulking in a bag of potato chips, give it a try.” ―The Times Union
“Everyone talks about the pursuit of happiness – who knew that what you eat has a direct effect on how you feel, how you think, and how healthy you are?” ―Eat Well, Get Well
“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
“We're used to thinking of obesity and heart disease as the consequences of our modern way of eating. The Happiness Diet reminds us of how much our brains -- and our every thought -- depend on good nutrition. Here are 100 excellent reasons for turning our backs on processed foods and a wealth of simple recipes for preparing truly happy meals.” ―Susan Allport, author of The Queen of Fats
“The Happiness Diet delivers a necessary corrective to the monotonous diet of nonsense cooked up by industrialized agriculture and food fetishists alike. It distills an impressive collection of solid research into clear and readable instructions for recovering the well-being evolution intended for you.” ―Richard Manning, author of Against the Grain
“A great way to learn how to eat right and feel good about doing so. Happy and healthy -- that's how I want to live!” ―Josh Holland, celebrity trainer to Madonna
“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
“An insightful, eye opening adventure into diet and nutrition. Concise and witty, this book kept me engaged from cover to cover. I will certainly incorporate these fundamentals into my medical practice. 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
“Like the weather everyone talks about diets but no one dies anything about them. This comprehensive but easily accessible book guides us to coherent and healthy eating. It will help anyone interested in how the foods we eat can keep us well.” ―Philip R. Muskin, MD Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
“The authors have synthesized a compelling body of scientific literature with accessible and lucid conclusions regarding the interface of diet and vulnerability, protection and treatment of mental disorders.” ―Roger S. McIntyre, M.D., FRCPC, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto
About the Author
Tyler Graham is a wellness expert who has served as the Health and Environment Editor of O, the Oprah Magazine and the Nutrition Editor at Prevention.
Drew Ramsey is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. He specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using food, psychotherapy, and medication.
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So what do we mean by happiness? There have been many books published in recent years that explore different approaches to attaining happiness—some from motivation speakers, others from experts in the field of positive psychology. At their core these are suggestions for behavioral changes that are meant to improve your psychological well-being and outlook on life. We are coming at this from a very different perspective: Before you start changing your outlook on life to improve your emotional well-being, we want to make sure your eating behavior is the best it can be so that the master mood regulator—the brain—is provided with what it needs to be strong, sharp, healthy ... and happy.
Increasingly, in our experience, it seems that fewer people truly feel they have control over their diet. ‘It’s just too hard to eat right,’ we often hear. ‘Everyone says something different’ is another refrain we get a lot. We want to change this state of affairs and settle the confusion about what needs to be eaten for a happy, healthy brain and body. The Happiness Diet provides concrete tools (tasty ones, too) for doing just that.”
~ Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey, MD from The Happiness Diet
What if happiness began at the end of your fork?
The latest research on neuroscience and nutrition tells us that’s a VERY wise place to start.
And, of course, that’s what this book is all about: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body.
Tyler Graham is a wellness expert who was the health editor at O, The Oprah Magazine before launching the health section for Details magazine. Drew Ramsey, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and practicing psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. The two teamed up to write a great book.
The Happiness Diet is a really well-written, eye-opening look at how we got into the nutritional mess we’re in and the extremely damaging effects of the modern American diet. And, of course, more importantly, how we can optimize our nutrition so we can dial in the three facets of happiness: our focus, our mood, and our energy.
I'm excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Want to Get MAD or SAD? - Just eat what most people eat.
2. Beaver Anal Gland Juice - Who knew it's in pudding.
3. Food for Thought - + Food for energy + food for mood.
4. Carbage Out - Nutrients in.
5. Best Way to Keep Smiling? - Keep Trying.
Here’s to optimizing our focus + energy + happiness one bite at a time!
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As a person that has been questioning nutrition for several months now, I was very excited to read this book. The food combinations together are neat (love my eggs with garlic now). All the recipes I've tried have been great - who knew braised cabbage would be so fabulous? And a brine is so simple and makes all my chicken dishes so good! I'm really thrilled that they created this book!