Is your diet bringing your mood down? You're not alone.
Dr. Susan Kleiner, the author of The Good Mood Diet ($16.31), is a nutrition authority on eating for strength. She is also the nutrition consultant to the Seattle Supersonics and the Seattle Sea Hawks. The book proves that you can choose healthy foods that both make you feel great and, when eaten according to the plan, help you lose weight too. Her theory is that most diets cause chemical changes in the brain which make the dieter feel depressed. Yeah, no kidding. Talk to anyone who's suffered through the grapefruit diet and they'll agree.
Dr. Kleiner believes that the typical diet plan is often too low in calories for most people to feel full and therefore satisfied. In The Good Mood Diet you can eat feel-good foods in conjunction with ideal timing and ideal combinations that give a balance of protein and fats to go with carbohydrates. Yup, you get to eat carbs on this diet. Eating from a list of the feel-good foods (that increase serotonin) and eliminating the feel-bad foods helps dieters feel fuller and better while still losing weight.
What are feel good foods? Fish, flax seed and eggs for example. What is a mood killer food? Refined sugar. If you were expecting to hear that alcohol is a feel bad food then think again, and you're allowed a bit of sweets once you're two weeks into the diet.