The Food-Mood Solution
All-Natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems — and Feel Good Again
You don't need a study to tell you the obvious: people's moods have gone south. • They’re more impatient, irritable, and angry • The reason: a disastrous combination of stress and poor nutrition. • Why and how you ask? Nutrients form the building blocks of neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals that regulate our moods and thinking processes. When people get stressed and eat too many nutrient-poor junk foods, their moods and ability to think clearly can become compromised. • The result may include irritability, impatience, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, impulsivity, distractibility, depression, fuzzy thinking, addictive behaviors, and mood swings. • The Food-Mood Solution explains how too much stress, too little time, and too many junk foods set the stage for bad moods and behavior — what Jack often calls "pissy mood syndrome." His four-step program to improve moods goes far beyond the roles of diet and supplements in improving moods. The book also describes easy ways to incorporate physical activity into your day and suggests dozens of small but important lifestyle changes that help insulate you against stress.
A Book Review of The Food-Mood Solution from Publishers Weekly
Best known as the "Nutrition Reporter" for consumer health publications (Alternative Medicine; Body & Soul; etc.), Challem (The Inflammation Syndrome) describes a familiar scenario: rising levels of anger, impatience, frustration, fatigue and anxiety due to minor daily irritations. Citing studies of increased violence traced to mood disorders, Challem contends that basic but highly specific diet and lifestyle modifications can lower stress levels and radically improve behavior and health. While the effects of poor nutrition on health take years to manifest, he says, such effects on mood are readily apparent, and he urges readers to notice how certain foods and beverages lead to headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, depression, compulsive behavior, panic attacks, bipolar disorder and other increasingly common conditions. His plan targets neuronutrients (vitamins and minerals needed to make critical brain chemicals) and nutrisocial factors (family, workload, environment, advertising, etc.) to boost mood. After taking a few quizzes, readers will be guided through a four-part program: supplements, diet, exercise and lifestyle. While the information is not entirely new, Challem does solidly address the hardest part of his equation -- and that's the lifestyle change itself. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
"Jack Challem makes the connection between food and mood clearly, simply, and practically. He shows us how we can use food, supplements, and herbs to relieve our distressing psychological symptoms, improve our mental performance, and enhance our well-being."
— James S. Gordon, MD, founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of Unstuck.
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- Table of Contents
- The Introduction
- Chapter 8: Dealing with Irritability, Anger, Aggressiveness, and Violent Behavior
- Complete references for The Food-Mood Solution
Read some of Jack Challem's magazine articles about food and mood
- Jack’s article on food and mood from Experience Life magazine
- An article on "cell-phone syndrome" from Let's Live magazine
- Anti-anxiety supplements from Alternative Medicine magazine
- Natural treatments for depression from GreatLife magazine
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