Is it really a coincidence that both rates of obesity and depression have doubled in the last decade? Not at all, say the authors of a breakthrough new book that is the first to clearly explain the link between how we eat and how we feel. In THE HAPPINESS DIET: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body (RODALE, Dec. 13, 2011) Dr. Drew Ramsey, a clinical psychiatrist and Tyler Graham, a leading health and fitness editor, show how the typical American diet has not only turned us into one of the unhealthiest nations in the world, but also one of the unhappiest.

Happiness is a biological event, and in order for our brains to fire on all cylinders, they must be properly nourished. Using the latest data from the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and nutrition, THE HAPPINESS DIET shows readers that over the past several generations small, seemingly insignificantly changes to our diet have stripped it of vital nutrients like magnesium and vitamin E, as well as some very important fats that are essential for happy, well-balanced brains. These shifts also explain the overabundance of mood-destroying foods in the average American’s diet and why they predispose most of us to excessive weight gain. Ramsey and Graham assert that before we can start changing our outlook, we need to change what’s on our dinner plates.


A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body

"A lively, thorough, and iron-clad case for real food. You will never eat an egg-white omelet or soy protein shake again." —Nina Planck, Author of Real Food and Real Food for Mother and Baby

"Finally, a rock-solid, reliable, informative, and entertaining book on how to eat your way to health and happiness. Run — don’t walk — to read and adopt The Happiness Diet. This is the only diet book I’ve encountered that I can actually recommend to patients without reservation." —Bonnie Maslin, PhD, Psychologist and author of Picking your Battles

"An insightful, eye opening adventure into diet and nutrition. Concise and witty, this book kept me engaged from cover to cover. I will certainly incorporate these fundamentals into my medical practice. A must-have for anyone serious about getting happy and healthy naturally." —Andrew Morton, MD, Board-certified Family Physician; Former Medical Corps, US Navy and Army Infantry Medic, Desert Storm

"Like the weather everyone talks about diets but no one dies anything about them. This comprehensive but easily accessible book guides us to coherent and healthy eating. It will help anyone interested in how the foods we eat can keep us well. —Philip R. Muskin, MD Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University

"Dr. Drew Ramsey has synthesized a compelling body of scientific literature with accessible and lucid conclusions regarding the interface of diet and vulnerability, protection and treatment of mental disorders." —Roger S. McIntyre, M.D., FRCPC, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto

For the first time in history, too much food is making us sick. It’s all too apparent that the Modern American Diet (MAD) is expanding our waistlines; what’s less obvious is that it’s starving and shrinking our brains. Rates of obesity and depression have recently doubled, and while these epidemics are closely linked, few experts are connecting the dots for the average American.

Using the latest data from the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and nutrition, The Happiness Diet shows that over the past several generations small, seemingly insignificant changes to our diet have stripped it of nutrients—like magnesium, vitamin B12, iron, and vitamin D, as well as some very special fats—that are essential for happy, well-balanced brains. These shifts also explain the overabundance of mood-destroying foods in the average American’s diet and why they predispose most of us to excessive weight gain.

After a clear explanation of how we’ve all been led so far astray, The Happiness Diet empowers you with simple, straightforward solutions. Graham and Ramsey show you how to steer clear of this MAD way of life with foods to swear off, shopping tips, brain-building recipes, and other practical advice, and then remake your diet by doubling down on feel good foods—even the all-American burger.

$25.99 | Hardcover | ISBN 978-1605293271 | Rodale Books | December 2011