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Foods for Thought: Understanding the Impact of Diet and Lifestyle on Mental Health


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Foods for Thought clearly explains the impact of diet on mental health and provides principles to support one’s mental health with diet.

With a large focus on balance to maintain one’s mental health, Foods for Thought provides the diet principles that aid in achieving that balance. Pawloski presents the research on the current mental health status of individuals today and the impact of diet on the mental health conditions of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, and related psychotic disorders.

Pawloski explains the importance of specific diets by pulling in the gut-brain connection, pointing out the effect of consuming certain nutrients on brain function. For example, Pawloski points out the role of certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids on the production of the neurotransmitters that regulate mood and sleep, which can help with reducing anxiety. Reducing inflammation with a proper diet is also discussed along with concrete methods of implementing a suitable diet in one’s life for optimal mental health.

This is not a book that is filled with unsubstantiated beliefs. This is a book that presents statements supported by solid research on why particular food choices benefit individuals with certain mental health conditions. Additionally, the research in this book is presented in straightforward language that can be easily understood by all. With a background as a registered dietician and a fitness trainer with 15 years of experience, Pawloski is more than qualified to guide individuals with food choices that positively impact mental health and optimal daily function. This is also a book that recognizes that following a diet that is rich in nutrients has a cost, both in time and funds. Therefore, the final chapters provide guiding principles and methods of consuming prime nutrients in one’s life from a time and cost perspective.

It is important to note that Foods for Thought can also be used for individuals who do not have a diagnosed mental health condition. Pawloski provides the following formula that can be applied to all in our current society where stress levels run high: High Stress + Lack of Self-Care + Poor Diet = Recipe for Disaster. Therefore, a well-researched, easy-to-read book that provides methods of implementing a healthful diet that positively impacts one's mental health is essential for all.

Foods for Thought: Understanding the impact of diet and lifestyle on mental health is highly recommended for anyone who wants to ensure that their diet is one that supports optimal mental health and daily function. 

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About the author

Jason Pawloski, RDN, is a registered dietitian and fitness trainer with 15 years of experience helping people achieve their goals for physical health and mental well-being. In Foods for Thought Jason helps readers understand the complicated relationship between gut health and mood. view profile

Published on February 27, 2021

50000 words

Genre: Health & Wellbeing

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