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The Food-Mood Solution: All-natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems and Feel Good Again Hardcover – 20 Mar 2007


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (20 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471756105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471756101
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,118,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.) ( Publishers Weekly , January 8, 2007) “…aims to help you understand and identify how your diet affects your moods…easy–to–follow book…all backed up by recent scientific research.” ( Health & Fitness , May 2007)  

“…aims to help you understand and identify how your diet affects your moods...all backed up by recent scientific research.” (Health & Fitness May 2007)

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Do you often feel irritable, anxious, depressed, disconnected, or moody for no apparent reason? Do you have sleeping problems? These problems might well have something to do with what you eat, and The Food–Mood Solution shows you what you can do about it. The latest research shows that what you eat and drink undeniably affects your mood. In this eye–opening exploration of the food–mood connection, renowned nutrition expert Jack Challem isolates the nutritional triggers of anger, tension, fatigue, impatience, anxiety, and depression, providing solutions that will help you stabilize your moods and be more focused. Drawing upon thirty years of nutrition research, including the latest scientific findings, Challem lays out a clear and practical four–step plan for feeding your brain the right nutrition. His mood–enhancing plan includes cutting–edge advice on choosing the foods and supplements that are right for you as well as tips on improving your lifestyle and habits to help you improve your particular mood issues. With Jack Challem′s easy–to–follow, all–natural program, you′ll learn how to combine feel–good foods with dietary supplements and modest lifestyle changes to: Reduce the frequency and intensity of bad moods Be less irritable and impatient Have more energy Sleep better Increase your concentration Stress–proof your life Reduce the risk of illnesses like diabetes and heart disease Decrease your susceptibility to panic attacks, aggressiveness, obsessive–compulsive behavior, depression, or other mood concerns Complete with simple recipes and delicious meal plans, The Food–Mood Solution presents a fast, easy, and dependable way to feel emotionally positive, physically fresh, and mentally sharp every day.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on 1 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book that has helped relieve my anxiety and help me to concentrate far more at work. It is a great alternative to taking meds and atleast this method does not have negative side effects. The process is simple really, avoid sugar, eat more protein rich food and eat good carb sources with med/low GI. The book also explains in great detail about all worthy supplements for your specific moods as well as how each neurotransmitter works in the brain. Also included are some great recipe ideas. I cannot recommend this book enough!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lily D'Shrink on 8 Jan 2012
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I am so impressed with the wealth of knowledge in this book, it's like someone has finally thrown me a life line. I instantly bought a copy for my best friend & would highly recommend it to anyone. I'm diagnosed with OCD, ADHD & Bipolar & I'm 44.

I've been taking most of the supplements & minerals suggested, plus cut out all caffeine & artificial sweeteners & generally been following the food guide & my OCD has virtually ceased. I was skin-picking so seriously it was making my life a misery. I was also becoming more & more stressed over ridiculous things & losing my temper to the point it was scaring me. I feel so much more chilled out & happier - I'm amazed, especially over Christmas when I normally become very depressed.

I actually feel that I have a better future now because of the insight this book has offered me. If you are ready to help yourself, try it - you've everything to gain & nothing to lose! :)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. Blake on 7 April 2011
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In the battle against Depression, there are numerous weapons at our disposal - anti-depressants and counselling being the two chiefs. However, what is often unspoken of is the relationship between what food and drink we consume and the ensuing moods which they foster. I had no idea my diet had such a huge impact on the way I felt.

The book includes lots of scientific explanations for which nutrients affect which personality traits and why, which is helpful as it reassures that this is hard science and not old-wives tales. The information was perhaps too in-depth for non-specialists like me, resulting in the book being longer than it had to be. This contributed to the awarding of four stars and not five.

The use of vitamin supplements is rarely put forward as a realistic option in defeating bad mood but the author describes how they can help you. For example, Omega 3 fish oils help against Depression - you can even predict countries' suicide rates based on the national fish consumption! There are natural anti-depressants which, thanks to the book, I plan to go on after my course of anti-depressants finishes. These include 5HTP and St John's Wort.

Types of food and drink to cut out from your diet are included - the protagonists being caffeine, alcohol and high-sugar processed food and drinks. Helpful replacements for these mood-damaging delights are suggested such as unsalted mixed nuts and sugar-free yoghurt. These may not sound appetising but once you experience the increase in mood, you'll never go back to the chocolate and cherish your new-found healthy snacks instead.

Good-mood food recipes are included which were short and simple. Advice on being more physically active was also most welcome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chadders on 30 July 2013
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All good tips and knowledge, but you can become obsessed with this as a cure for anxiety and it isnt as easy as just changing your diet !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By strawberry on 14 Jun 2013
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I was really excited about buying this book, but was disappointed with the content. There doesn't seem to be much depth to it, and it keeps going off-track ie talking about things other than food. Wish I hadn't bought it really.
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