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Food and Mood The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best

ISBN-10: 0805062009
ISBN-13: 9780805062007
Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)
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Description: Why do you feel tired after eating a full meal? Why do you have so much trouble concentrating? Why do you crave chocolate? Can diet affect depression? Is there a natural cure for insomnia? Nutrition expert Elizabeth Somer answers all these questions  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 12/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.88" wide x 9.39" long x 1.16" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Why do you feel tired after eating a full meal? Why do you have so much trouble concentrating? Why do you crave chocolate? Can diet affect depression? Is there a natural cure for insomnia? Nutrition expert Elizabeth Somer answers all these questions and more in this completely updated and revised second edition to her nutritional guide Food and Mood. The result of research encompassing thousands of the most up-to-date scientific studies, Somer explains how what we eat has a direct influence on how we feel, think, sleep, look, and act. She addresses specific food-related issues including health conditions, food cravings, diet struggles, stress, PMS, winter blues, energy levels, depression, memory, and sleep patterns, as well as tackling the issue of supplements and providing the real story on those you need and those you don't. Included is Somer's revolutionary Feeling Good Diet, a program that shows you how to take control of your eating habits to benefit mood and mental functioning now.

Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., is a nationally recognized nutrition expert & award-winning writer. She is a former consultant to "Good Morning America," a regular guest on "Later Today," a contributing editor to both "Shape" magazine & "Eating Well" & the author of six books. She lives in Salem, OR. Her website can be found at www.elizabethsomer.com.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
The Food-Mood Link
How Food Affects Your Mood
Getting to Know Your Neurons
A Symphony of Chemicals
What You Eat Affects How You Feel
The Diet-Made Chemicals: Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Acetylcholine
The Survival Chemicals: Neuropeptide Y (NPY), Galanin, and the Endorphins
Beyond the Brain
The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar
When Eating Becomes Unhealthy
Nature Versus Nurture
How Are You Eating? A Self-Assessment
Do You Crave Carbohydrates?
Biological Callings
Endorphins, Sugar, and Instant Gratification
Doing the Blood-Sugar Boogie
How Sweet It Is
Eat and Be Merry
Other Food Cravings: Sweet-and-Creamy, Chocolate, and Salt
Your "Fat Tooth"
Fat for Survival
More on Endorphins and Fat Cravings
The Fat Thermostat
A Calorie Is Not Just a Calorie
Why We Crave Fat: A Simple Explanation
Fake Fats: There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Chocoholics: Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It
That Craving for Salt
Cravings Finale
No Energy? Could Be Your Diet
Your Mother Was Right
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Sugarcoated Sleeping Pill
Bypassing the Midday Doldrums
Ironing Out Fatigue
Vitamins and Minerals in Short Supply
Can Food Allergies Cause Fatigue?
Additives, Preservatives, and Fatigue
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Dietary Approach
The Energizing Lifestyle
PMS and SAD
Premenstrual Syndrome: The Period Before Your Period
PMS, Calories, and Cravings
PMS Pills, Potions, and Powders
What You Can Do About PMS: From Fat and Coffee to Supplements
Are You SAD?
SAD and Light
The Serotonin Connection
The Sunshine Vitamin and SAD
SAD Basics
Beyond Light and Diet
Food and the Blues
Stop the Cycle, I Want to Get Off
Amino Acid Alchemy
I'm in the Mood for Fat
The B[subscript 6] Connection
Other Vitamins and Minerals: In the Pink or Feeling Blue?
Blues-Free Basics
That Exercise Thing You Do
Natural Mood Boosters
Stress and Diet
Prehistoric Stress
The Mind-Body Connection
How Stress Affects Your Nutrition
Worry and the Common Cold
Stress-Fighting Nutrition Factors
Caffeine Jitters, High Anxiety
Cholesterol and Hostility: Is There a Connection?
Calm Down with Exercise
Stress-Proof Basics
Smart Foods
The History of Smart Foods
It Starts Earlier Than You Think
As You Eat, So Shall You Think
Fish Really Is Brain Food
Crank Up Cognition with Coffee
Antioxidants and the Brain Drain
B's on the Report Card
What Do Eggs, Wheat Germ, and Your Brain Have in Common?
Phosphatidyl What?
Iron Intelligence
Exercise and De-Stress Your Brain
Can't Sleep?
You're Not Alone
Some Sleep-Stealing Foods
Are You Allergic to Sleep?
Night Awakenings
Boosting Serotonin: From Supplements to Popcorn
B Vitamins, Minerals, and Your Snooze Control
Stacking the Deck in Favor of Sleep
Reining in Out-Of-Control Appetites
Why Do You Overeat?
Born to Be Hungry
When Chemicals Run Amok
Savor the Taste
Know How, No Way
Overeating All the Right Foods
Food Abuse: Eating for All the Wrong Reasons
The Psychology of Eating Habits
Confusing Food with Love
Beyond Fad Diets
The ABCs of Food Abuse
Nutrition Know-How for Feeling Your Best
The Feeling Good Diet
The Un-Diet
In a Nutshell
Before You Begin
You're Worth It
Putting the Feeling Good Diet into Practice
The Shopping Tour
Produce Potpourri: Fresh, Frozen, Canned, and Organic
The Grain Exchange: Whole Grains Versus Refined
The Meat and Seafood Market
The Dairy Case
Planning Your Meals and Snacks
Five Simple Guidelines
The Right Pro-Portion
Satisfying Snacks
The Dining-Out Dilemma
Feeling Good Menus
Do You Need Supplements to Feel Good?
In Search of the Balanced Diet
So What?
Sixty-two Cups of Spinach
The Supplement Controversy
Supplements + Diet
The Guidelines: As Simple as 1, 2, 3
Food Groups and Servings Sizes in the Feeling Good Diet
Recipes for Feeling Your Best
Resources
Selected References
Index

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