Three years ago I read The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, and it changed my life for good. I was at the time dealing with severe depression, and in the depths of an eating disorder that I had no idea how to get myself out of. No matter what I read and tried, I couldn’t seem to shake off the depression and anxiety that led to the controlling nature of my disorder. Then, through a counselor, The Mood Cure by Ross was recommended to me. Though the counselor said it might not help all my problems, it would help me learn about why I was dealing with an uphill battle. I went home, dove into the book with open arms and an open mind. I didn’t put the book down for the next two days until I finished it front to back, and I read it three times after that to reference back to. It changed my life, and I’m here to tell you that if you’ve ever dealt with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, OCD, or any other mood struggle you can’t seem to shake, this book will help you too. Here’s what I love about the book, and what I think you will too.
1. Ross Knows Her Stuff
One of the best things I love about The Mood Cure is that it is written by someone who knows what she’s talking about and has the education and experience to back her up. Ross worked 10 years as a psychotherapist and counselor, and she is a pioneer in the world of nutritional therapy. She does not use prescription drugs to treat patients, but instead offers sound and effective nutritional advice. She founded The Nutritional Institute Clinic in California in 1988, and has since been treating patients through an outpatient program that focuses on healing them without antidepressant drugs. She focuses on mood problems, along with individuals with a history of disordered eating. She also holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author behind the best selling book, The Diet Cure.
2. It Covers a Wide Range of Issues
This book isn’t your typical self help book that is broad, or vague. It’s very specific about offering nutritional advice, and it also covers a wide range of issues while doing so. The Mood Cure can help anyone who has ever gone through any type of mood disorder leading to addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, and more.
3. It Focuses on Food
One of the main things you’ll learn from The Mood Cure is that it focuses on food first. First, Ross advises you cut out any foods that actually change the way the brain works, which can lead to the issues you might be having. I think this is so important due to the way sugar influenced my depression for years until I cut it out of my diet. Cutting out sugar is just one way this book suggests food changes the brain. She also gives sound advice on what to eat, and purposefully shows you through the book how changing food will change your brain.
4. Clean Diet
Not only does Ross focus on showing you what foods to eliminate that can contribute to imbalanced brain chemistry, but she also emphasizes a clean diet. Just because you should avoid sugar doesn’t mean you should head straight to the artificial sweeteners or processed foods. Nope, instead, Ross promotes a clean, balanced diet, which will enhance the way your brain works, and clear your mind from anxiety.
5. Fat is Your Friend
Ross also emphasizes just how important healthy fats are for healthy brain chemistry. She actually shows you how they work in your brain, and contribute to a host of reactions as a result. I think this is incredibly important since so many men and women with a history of dieting and fat fears end up with mood problems later on. Plus, we live in an obsessed world of calories that can not only harm our brain chemistry, but our view of food and what it is meant to do in our bodies.
Ross also stresses how important amino acids are for healthy brain function. She actively shows readers how to enhance their brain chemistry through efficient amino acid intake. I know I personally do so much better when I include more protein in my diet than when I don’t. Some people fear too much protein just like they do fat, yet they end up binging on sugar and carbohydrate overload as a result. This not only leads to weight gain, but also disordered thinking from increased insulin production. Ross stresses how important protein sources are, and which ones are the best for mood disorders.
7. Supplements as Needed
Ross advises certain supplements that might help with imbalanced brain chemistry as well. She doesn’t just give you a list of what to take, or advise that everyone needs a supplement at all. Instead, she shows readers how certain natural supplements can help balance brain chemistry, and which ones are best for different scenarios. She even gives examples, the time of day to take them, and tips to find out if they’re even necessary at all.
If you want to learn more about The Mood Cure, and even get excerpts from each chapter, visit The Mood Cure website at: moodcure.com. Have you read or heard of The Mood Cure?