Local Author to Discuss Relationship between our Diet and Mental Health
April 6, 2015 (Helena, MT)—Augusta resident, mental health therapist, LCSW, and author Angela Dailey will be at the Augusta Branch of the Lewis & Clark Library on April 21st at 5PM to discuss her new book, Cooking to Cure, A Nutritional Approach to Anxiety and Depression.
Dailey’s book explores the relationship between diet and mental health, specifically America’s love of junk food and fast food and the high incidence of mental illness compared to other countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 26 percent of the American population is currently diagnosed with mental illness compared to the global rate of four percent. Dailey argues that “this could, in part, be due to a lack of nutrients in processed food compared to diets richer in less processed foods in other parts of the world.”
Nutritional deficiencies are indicated in several mental disorders including anxiety and depression. “We simply cannot continue talking about mental health without talking about nutrition,” Dailey says. Cooking to Cure focuses on balancing neurochemistry through nutrition and meal preparation. The book also features a nutrient content table for zeroing in on critical nutrients in hundreds of foods and 45 gluten-free and refined sugar-free recipes for using real food ingredients in everyday meals.
Dailey’s presentation will provide attendees with the tools for meeting nutritional needs by eating whole, healthy foods. According to Dailey, “this is a back-to-basics approach to healthy eating for optimal mental health.” Dailey will be available to sign copies of her book following the presentation.
For more information log onto www.lclibrary.org or contact the Augusta Branch at 406-562-3348.