My first book is The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings (June 2011, new Harbinger). You’ll find four unique antianxiety diets designed to help you address nutritional deficiencies that may be at the root of your anxiety and enjoy the many foods that foster increased emotional balance. This easy-to-use guide helps you choose the best plan for you and incorporates effective anxiety-busting foods and nutrients. You’ll soon be on the path to freeing yourself from anxiety—and enjoying an improved overall mood, better sleep, fewer cravings, and optimal health—the natural way!
In The Antianxiety Food Solution, you’ll discover:
· How to assess your diet for anxiety-causing and anxiety-calming foods and nutrients
· Foods and nutrients that balance your brain chemistry
· Which anxiety-triggering foods and drinks you may need to avoid
· Easy lifestyle changes that reduce anxiety and increase happiness
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a Food-Mood expert and nutritionist. I educate women about real whole food and finding natural solutions for anxiety and stress, depression and other mood problems – so they can feel on-top-of-the-world! I am also president of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.
I live in Northern California with my wonderful husband and we enjoy windsurfing, mountain-biking and skiing.
What inspired you to write this book?
I am very passionate about this topic because I know what it feels like to be totally stressed out, burned out, overwhelmed and anxious. I even had panic attacks for a short time and they were just awful! I clearly recall my first panic attack – the racing heart, clammy hands, not being able to breathe and thinking I was going to die!
How did you choose the title?
I worked with my publisher and a group of colleagues to come up with the title. I knew it had to be unique and had to use something that people with anxiety would relate to. At first I wasn’t that happy with antianxiety because of the medication connation but my publisher convinced me that anxious people would relate to “antianxiety”. From the start I knew it had to have food or nutrition in the title and we figured everyone eats so we used “food” to keep it simple. We also wanted to offer a successful outcome, hence the word “solution”.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I was extremely fortunate and I had no real obstacles in getting published. An acquisitions editor from New Harbinger heard me present at the annual conference of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She approached me afterwards and asked if I’d like to write a book!
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
My book is heavily referenced with studies and I did all the research myself. I LOVE the research aspect and learned a great deal from many recent food-mood studies while doing the research.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Be prepared for a great deal of work – it was a lot more work that I realized. I had a great copy editor and this made a world of difference once I had done all the initial work – so try and find someone really good who works well with you. Each chapter had at a least four or five re-works but I am very happy with the end result.
The writing of your book is just the start – once it’s published then the marketing and promotion begins. People need to know it exists. Get out and speak, get on blog radio interviews and TV, submit to sites like this, write articles, submit press releases and pitches, get quoted in the press, do blog posts and an electronic newsletter, get Amazon and website testimonials, have book reviews done, and use social media like Facebook and Twitter. I love this aspect of it!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
You are the perfect reader for my book if you feel anxious, fearful, have panic attacks and social phobia, or even simply feel stressed and overwhelmed. You’re looking for natural solutions and are willing to change your diet, figure out what is causing your anxiety and make some changes – both food-wise and lifestyle-wise. You may also have sleep problems, depression and sugar cravings – you’ll find improvements in these areas too!
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
My goal for all my clients and readers: “You can be your healthiest, look your best and feel on-top-of-the-world!”