The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings

The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings


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It’s remarkable how much the foods we eat can impact our brain chemistry and emotions. What and when we eat can make the difference between feeling anxious and staying calm and in control. But most of us don’t realize how much our diets influence our moods, thoughts, and feelings until we make a change.

InThe Antianxiety Food Solution, you’ll find four unique antianxiety diets designed to help you address nutritional deficiencies that may be at the root of your anxiety and enjoy the many foods that foster increased emotional balance. This helpful guide allows you to choose the best plan for you and incorporates effective anxiety-busting foods and nutrients. You’ll soon be on the path to freeing yourself from anxiety—and enjoying an improved overall mood, better sleep, fewer cravings, and optimal health—the natural way! The book also includes an easy-to-use index.

In The Antianxiety Food Solution, you’ll discover:

  • How to assess your diet for anxiety-causing and anxiety-calming foods and nutrients
  • Foods and nutrients that balance your brain chemistry
  • Which anxiety-triggering foods and drinks you may need to avoid
  • Easy lifestyle changes that reduce anxiety and increase happiness

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572249257
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 128,814
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Trudy Scott, CN, has a nutrition practice that focuses on food, mood, and women’s health. She lectures extensively, both at live events and via teleseminars. She is president of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and a member of Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Alliance for Addiction Solutions, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She lives in the greater Sacramento, CA, area.

Foreword writer James Lake, MD, is president of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health and author of the Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care. He lives in Carmel, CA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

My Story 2

Anxiety Statistics and Facts 3

Causes of Anxiety 5

What Is a Natural Approach and Why Use It? 5

Overview of the Book 6

1 Figure Out Your Optimum Antianxiety Diet 8

The Antianxiety Food Solution Diets 10

Foods to Include 14

Foods to Avoid 31

Eat Bonus Foods 33

Summary of Quantities and Combinations to Eat Each Day 35

Recipe and Food Resources 36

Wrapping Up 37

2 Avoid Sugar and Control Blood Sugar Swings 40

Sugar Consumption Questionnaire 41

The Harmful Effects of Sugar and Sweeteners 42

Sugars and Sweeteners Defined 44

Where Sugar Is Found 47

Artificial Sweeteners 49

What to Use Instead of Unhealthy Sugars and Artificial Sweeteners 49

Control Blood Sugar Swings 51

Low Blood Sugar Questionnaire 51

How Quickly You Can Expect Improvements 56

If You Have a Sugar or Carb Addiction and Can't Quit 57

3 Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine 58

Coffee and Caffeine 58

Alcohol 63

Nicotine 65

How Quickly You Can Expect Improvements 66

4 Address Problems with Gluten and Other Food Sensitivities 67

Food Sensitivities Questionnaire 68

Why Food May Be Affecting Your Mood 70

True Food Allergies 72

Food Sensitivities or Delayed Food Reactions 72

Problems with Gluten 73

Testing for Gluten Sensitivities 75

Alternatives to Grains That Contain Gluten 80

If Gluten Isn't a Problem 81

Problems with Dairy Consumption 81

Problems with Other Foods 82

Problems with All Grains, Starchy Vegetables, and Legumes 83

Using Amino Acids to Reduce Cravings 86

Allergies and Anxiety Due to Low Blood Histamine 88

How Quickly You Can Expect Improvements 89

5 Improve Your Digestion 90

Poor Digestion Questionnaire 92

The Digestive Process 94

Eating Guidelines for Good Digestion 96

Causes of Poor Digestion and How to Improve Your Digestion 99

Foods and Nutrients for Healing a Damaged Digestive System 106

Liver or Gallbladder Problems 107

How Quickly You can Expect Improvements 108

6 Balance Brain Chemistry with Amino Acids 109

Gaba 111

Low GABA Questionnaire 112

Serotonin 113

Low Serotonin Questionnaire 114

Catecholamines 117

Low Catecholamines Questionnaire 117

Endorphins 118

Low Endorphins Questionnaire 119

Testing for Levels of Amino Acids 121

Drug of Choice 122

Guidelines for Supplementing with Amino Acids 123

Amino Acid Precautions 124

Amino Acids and SSRIs 125

How Quickly You Can Expect Improvements 126

7 Address Pyroluria or Low Levels of Zinc and Vitamin B6 127

Pyroluria Questionnaire 128

Prevalence of Pyroluria and Co-occurring Disorders 131

Testing for Pyroluria 133

Zinc, Vitamin B6 and Fatty Acids for Pyroluria 137

How Quickly You Can Expect Improvements 143

8 Other Nutrients, Hormone Imbalances, Toxins, Medications, and Lifestyle Changes 144

Basic Supplements 144

Individual Nutrients for Anxiety 148

Hormone Imbalances 152

Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins 155

Understand the effects of Medications 157

Make Important Lifestyle Changes 159

Parting Words 163

Appendix 1: Sue's Story 165

Appendix 2: Food, Mood, Energy, Cravings, and Sleep Log 169

Resources 171

Internet Resources 171

Lab Tests 173

Recommended Reading 174

References 177

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