I recently finished reading Maria Emmerich’s book, Secrets to Controlling your Weight, Cravings & Mood. I love Maria’s blog, and I religiously read all of her posts. I’m little bias towards Maria and her words of wisdom. I bought the kindle version her book for $9.99. Since then I’ve been on a kindle book buying spree!
Just as the title suggests it’s all about using food and/or supplements to improve your mood. I found the food – mood connection extremely interesting. When I started eating low carb/gluten free, within weeks I noticed a huge boost in “happiness”. After digging deeper into the experience I discovered FAT is nature’s Prozac. Imagine that, eating the skin on the chicken breast, cooking in bacon fat, using coconut oil, and other forms of natural fat can boost your mood.
The theme of the book centers around these four areas taken from page 98:
For 90% of dieters, a deficiency in one of four essential brain chemicals can cause weight gain, fatigue, and stress. The solution to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurotransmitters. Specialized nutritionists, like myself, and advanced practitioners are focusing on how the brain affects our health.
- Serotonin influences appetite
- GABA curbs emotional eating
- Acetylcholine regulates fat storage
- Dopamine controls metabolism
I found this particular section on Vitamin D in the book interesting.
Maria explains low vitamin D can be contributed to chronic fatigue & depression. Infertility has been linked to low vitamin D and Vitamin D is 800% more effective at preventing influenza infections in children than vaccines. Maria recommends you take around 5000 ius a day – Vit D-3 is preferred.
I was completely unaware vitamin D played so many roles.
If you want to know more about the Secrets to Controlling your Weight, Cravings & Mood, you can buy the book by clicking here, or the Kindle version by clicking here. Visit Maria’s Facebook page and blog for daily information on how food affects you and what to do about it.
p.s. The last chapter of the book is dedicated to low carb, gluten free recipes, ranging in snacks, meals, to dessert.
Before Maria’s passion for nutrition, she had a passion for donuts. She was an athlete and thought she could get away with eating what she wanted, as long as she worked out. NOT TRUE. Even though she ate enough calories, she was starving herself, specifically, she was starving her brain. Her stomach was filled with “substance” but her brain kept telling her to eat; our bodies are smart, they make us crave certain nutrients we need. For 90% of dieters, a deficiency in one of four essential brain chemicals can cause weight gain, fatigue, and stress. The solution to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurotransmitters.
1. Serotonin influences appetite.
2. GABA curbs emotional eating
3. Acetylcholine regulates fat storage
4. Dopamine controls metabolism
When these brain chemicals are balanced, our bodies are more able to lose those extra pounds. Not only does this book cover how to find out which brain chemical you may be lacking, but directs you towards which foods will increase them, what supplements would be best for your body AND recipes that taste great and will keep all the brain chemicals happy!