Eat Yourself Smarter offers techniques to sharpen your memory, improve your focus, boost your energy, make you feel happier, and help you loive longer.
We’ve all heard “you are what you eat,” and science now has the receipts on how profoundly foods affect the human brain. From an evolutionary standpoint, our brains were formed to thrive on certain nutrients—and our current diet is often deficient in many of them. East Yourself Smater offers readers a guide to eating in a way that boosts their cognitive function, improves their mood, and lowers their risk of developing dementia or other degenerative neurological conditions. We start with a detailed explanation of exactly how hungry the brain is (the answer: very), and how nutrients do their job to not only feed it well but repair brain-cell membranes, enable synapses to communicate, and prompt chemical “cascades” that keep memory centers functioning at top efficiency. Next, we present a comprehensive diet plan of the very best “brain foods,” from fruits and vegetables to nuts, seeds, healthy fats, and proteins, along with explanations of what makes them brain “superfoods”—along with an “out list” of foods that actively damage brain cells. BONUS: Includes 20+ pages of delicious, brain-boosting recipes to get started on a new, smarter eating program.
Michelle Stacey is an award-winning journalist, author, and editor who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Elle, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Prevention, Martha Stewart Living, and many more. Much of her work focuses on food and culture, diet and nutrition, health and wellness, and science. As a magazine editor, Stacey has worked on the staffs of Women's Health, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Savvy, and Outside. She is the author of four books: Consumed: Why Americans Love, Hate, and Fear Food (Simon & Schuster), The Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery (Tarcher/Putnam), as well as The Complete Guide to Keto (Centennial Books), Holiday Keto (Centennial Books), and Intermittent Fasting for Hungry People (Centennial Books).