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Mad Diet: Easy steps to lose weight and cure depression

Mad Diet: Easy steps to lose weight and cure depression

by Suzanne Lockhart


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Science reveals the truth about how our food is making us mad and fat.

Are you depressed or struggling to lose weight? You are not alone. 1 in 4 people are taking antidepressants and two thirds of us are obese or overweight. Something is clearly very wrong. Mad Diet lifts the lid on what is really going on with our food and provides an easy guide to restoring your mind and waistline.

Mad Diet provides a fresh new approach to healthy eating, in a market full of 'gurus' who don't have the scientific knowledge to back up their claims, Suzanne Lockhart provides an accessible, scientific and empowering approach to healthy eating.

By detailing how harmful processed foods are, and showing your how to eat better for your body and your mind, Mad Diet enables you to change your outlook on food with positive outcomes for your mental health. As Suzanne says: 'We really are what we eat. If we change what we eat we can change ourselves. And if we do that we might just change the world!'

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473657069
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Lockhart is Vice President of a multi-national food science organisation. In a career spanning over 20 years working with government agencies, global food manufacturers, farming groups and grocery retailers, she has insider knowledge of the politics and production of our food.

After being diagnosed with depression in 1989, Suzanne has spent over two decades investigating the impact of a Western diet on physical and mental health. Mad Diet is the result of 25 years of study and her front-line experience as a senior food industry executive.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Foreword for Mad Diet 11

Introduction: Reality Check 14

Something is Wrong 15

Part 1 Defining the Problem 23

Chapter 1 Mad Fat Epidemic 24

Food Production Started to Change 26

Our Diet Started to Change 28

Our Medication Started to Change 32

The Perfect Mad Fat Storm 34

Part 2 History of the Problem 37

Chapter 2 The War on Food 38

Introduction of Food Subsidies 39

New foodstuff and increased antibiotic use 41

Falling Prices and Failing Health 44

Big Food is Almost Always Bad Food 46

Buying muscle and food adulteration 49

The Cumulative Negative Impact of the War on Food 52

Chapter 3 A Brief History of Medicine 53

We Stopped Taking Responsibility 53

Commercialisation of Medicine 56

My Early Experiences of Madness Medication 62

Turning Back the Clock 66

Doctors in the Dark 67

Wrap Up 74

Part 3 Get Educated 77

Chapter 4 Time to Get Angry 78

Slick Marketing and Widespread Manipulation 81

Use of colour 83

Change the Way You Look at Food 86

Chapter 5 Bad Halogens 90

Fluoride 93

Chlorine 94

Bromine 96

Bad Halogens are Everywhere 97

Mercury: The Deadly Toxins at the Dentist 98

Chapter 6 Macronutrients vs Micronutrients 101

Fruit and Vegetables 107

The ugly truth behind 'fresh' fruit and vegetables 108

Protein 111

Meat 112

Fish 117

Eggs 129

Carbohydrate 122

Bread (and bakery goods) 123

Cereal 128

Sugar 129

Dairy 132

Fats and Oils 136

Water 137

A Word on Organic 139

'Food' to Avoid 143

Processed food 143

Genetically modified food 146

Part 4 Action Plan 153

Chapter 7 Take Your Power Back 154

Doctor Doctor: Get Tested 155

Coming off Antidepressants 157

Chapter 8 Essential Supplements: 'The Big 4' 160

Magnesium 161

How magnesium interacts with other micronutrients 162

Magnesium supplements 164

Omega-3 164

Omega-3 supplements 166

B Vitamins 167

Thiamine (B1) 169

Riboflavin (B2) 169

Niacin (B3) 170

Choline (B4) 170

Pantothenic acid (B5) 171

Pyridoxine (B6) 172

Biotin (B7) (also known as vitamin H) 172

Folic acid (B9) 173

Gobalamin (B12) 174

Vitamin B supplements 175

Probiotics 175

A Word on Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) 178

Chapter 9 Additional Supplements to Consider 180

Vitamin A and Beta-carotene 180

Vitamin C (Also Known as Ascorbic Acid) 182

Vitamin D 185

Vitamin E 188

Selenium 190

Iodine 193

Zinc 196

Chlorella and Spirulina 199

A Word on Herbs and Spices 202

Your must-have herb and spice supply 204

Basil 204

Coriander 206

Rosemary 207

Oregano 208

Chives 209

Sage 210

Parsley 211

Lavender 212

Garlic, Ginger and Turmeric 213

Garlic 214

Ginger 216

Turmeric 216

Action Plan Recap 218

Chapter 10 Supporting Your Success 221

Stop Looking at the Stars 222

Love is the Best Medicine 223

Be Mindful of Your Emotional Triggers and Seek to Avoid Them 226

Positive Interventions to Help You Succeed 227

Cooking as Therapy 228

OK - but what if I can't cook? 234

Food for the Soul 236

Music 237

Essential oils 238

Good vibrations 239

Reiki 242

Mindfulness and meditation 243

Chapter 11 The Future - You Can Do It! 246

References 256

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