What inspired you to write your book?
I am so am passionate about what I do because I used to suffer terribly from anxiety, unexplained fears, waking with a sense of doom and even panic attacks – and I have used gluten elimination, and the amazing healing powers of foods and nutrients to completely heal. I want to share the powerful food mood connection with everyone!
About your Book:
It’s remarkable how much the foods we eat can impact our brain chemistry and this book will show you how to calm your anxious mind one meal at a time. In The 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. 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!
Cuisine Style or Food Genre
Self-help: real whole quality food
Sample Recipe or Food Advice
For a great mood eat quality grass-fed red meat as part of a real whole foods diet. Grass-fed red meat contains amino acids, zinc, iron and good levels of omega-3s – all of which are so crucial for improving both anxiety and depression.
It’s important for you to figure out if you may have issues with gluten. If you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease then you must eliminate gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye and barley (and even be careful with oats). This means no bread, pasta, cakes, cookies and the avoidance of processed foods which often contain wheat. The effects of gluten can vary for each individual. Some people have digestive issues like bloating or constipation or stomach pain. Others can have mood problems like anxiety, social phobia, depression and mood swings.
What formats are your books in
eBook, Print, Both
How do you see writing a food/cookbook as different from writing other genres of books?
Research, research, research. I am a self-confessed research nerd and loved this aspect of the book writing process.
What advice would you give to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a food book or cookbook
Writing a book has been fabulous for increasing my credibility, extending my reach and growing my business. It’s the best thing I ever did! However the actual writing of the book is just one part of being an author. Other parts are marketing, blogging, doing an online newsletter, live speaking, radio and TV interviews, traditional media and more. Be prepared for the whole deal.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
My book was published by New Harbinger. I was doing a presentation at a nutrition conference and an acquisitions editor in the audience asked me afterwards if I’d like to write a book for them. It was a fantastic opportunity.
I am a Food-Mood expert and nutritionist. I educate women about real whole food and finding natural solutions for anxiety and stress, depression and other mood problems. I am so am passionate about what I do because I used to suffer terribly from anxiety, unexplained fears, waking with a sense of doom and even panic attacks – and I have used gluten elimination, and the amazing healing powers of foods and nutrients to completely heal. I am author of The Antianxiety Food Solution – How the Foods You Eat Can Help you Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings (June 2011, New Harbinger).
I am immediate past president of National Association of Nutrition Professionals and now Special Advisor to the board of directors. I also present nationally to mental health practitioners on food and mood, sharing all the recent research and how-to steps for implementing changes