The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health
Winner of a 2017 IACP Cookbook Award
Finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award
Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by Well + Good and MindBodyGreen
From leading psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy.
What does food have to do with brain health? Everything.
Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, MD, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain—and by extension your body—properly fueled.
Drawing upon cutting-edge scientific research, Dr. Ramsey identifies the twenty-one nutrients most important to brain health and overall well-being—the very nutrients that are often lacking in most people’s diets. Without these nutrients, he emphasizes, our brains and bodies don’t run the way they should.
Eat Complete includes 100 appetizing, easy, gluten-free recipes engineered for optimal nourishment. It also teaches readers how to use food to correct the nutrient deficiencies causing brain drain and poor health for millions. For example:
• Start the day with an Orange Pecan Waffle or a Turmeric Raspberry Almond Smoothie, and the Vitamin E found in the nuts will work to protect vulnerable brain fat (plus the fiber keeps you satisfied until lunch).
• Enjoy Garlic Butter Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles and Mussels with Garlicky Kale Ribbons and Artichokes, and the zinc and magnesium from the seafood will help stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
• Want to slow down your brain’s aging process? Indulge with a cup of Turmeric Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, and the flavanols found in chocolate both increase blood flow to the brain and help fight age-related memory decline.
Featuring fifty stunning, full-color photographs, Eat Complete helps you pinpoint the nutrients missing from your diet and gives you tasty recipes to transform your health—and ultimately your life.
Praise For Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health…
— Mehmet Oz, MD, Professor of Surgery at Columbia University
“A clear and concise plan to tangibly make your life better through nutrient-dense food.”
— Dallas Hartwig, New York Times bestselling author of The Whole30
“Eat Complete is a fresh, smart, relevant guide to nourishing your body and mind. Dr. Drew Ramsey writes a compelling and unique prescription for wellness, health, and your very best life, now.”
— Candice Kumai, leading wellness journalist, chef, and best-selling author of Clean Green Eats and Clean Green Drinks
“Part cookbook, part nutritional guide, Eat Complete is a smart, approachable account of how what we eat influences our mental and overall health. Dr. Ramsey’s capacity for translating complex scientific information into clear gustatory guidance might only be overshadowed by his knack for sautéing kale.”
— Bret S. Stetka, MD, Editorial Director, Medscape
“Prescribing food-brain nutrients in delicious dishes-is the great advance Dr. Ramsey gives us in this book as he continues to expand psychiatry’s reach beyond its traditions of medications and therapy. Bon appétit and à votre santé!”
— Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, Medical Editor for Mental Health at The Huffington Post
“If you have a brain, you must read this book.”
— Emily Deans, MD, Psychiatrist, Clinical Instructor at Harvard University, and Blogger at Evolutionary Psychiatry
“Eat Complete is just what the doctor ordered. Dr. Drew Ramsey has laid out the perfect blueprint for us to boost our brainpower and become our happiest and healthiest selves!”
— Jason Wachob, Founder & CEO of mindbodygreen and Author of Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume
“Drew Ramsey’s new cookbook shows how to best fuel your life with top foods and delicious recipes. With a great section to help you increase your mindfulness about eating, pick up this book for straight-forward, simple solutions to achieve your brain’s maximum potential with food!”
— Jonathan Fader, PhD, Sport Psychologist and author of Life As Sport
“Dr. Ramsey encourages readers to ‘fuel their brains’ using reliable science and mouthwatering recipes. He explains how tapping into the healing powers of food can help boost mood, alleviate depression, ease anxiety, and sharpen thinking. This book is a must-read and the recipes are definitely a must-eat!”
— Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, Nutrition Expert for NBC's TODAY Show, Founder of Nourish Snacks, and Best-selling author of From Junk Food to Joy Food
“Nutritional psychiatry is the long-awaited acknowledgement that our behavior, mood, and cognition reflect our physiology. There is no greater medicine than food, and Dr. Ramsey has delivered the prescription right to your door. Bold, accessible, and inspirational, Eat Complete may be the only doctor you need to see.”
— Kelly Brogan, MD, author of A Mind of Your Own
“Dr. Ramsey gives you beautiful food that has the power to inspire, with its melding of great cooking and great culinary medicine. His imaginative, vibrant, passionate recipes are modern, smart and colorful. These are meals that make your brain younger with what you cook and eat. I love it.”
— John La Puma, MD, Founder of ChefMD® and Chef Clinic®, Author of the New York Times Bestseller ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine
“Food has always been a source of medicine and it’s great to see Dr. Ramsey ‘prescribe’ his book for you to learn and cook from. I’ve seen firsthand the power that food has and think that this book is a great addition for anyone interested in good, proper nutrition.”
— Chef Bill Telepan, owner of the Michelin-starred Telepan restaurant
“Dr. Ramsey is well-established to be North America’s leading expert on nutrition and mental health. With unique insight that only a practicing psychiatrist could provide, he brilliantly cuts through the hype and weaves together cutting edge science to provide a much-needed, reader-friendly resource.”
— Alan C. Logan, ND, Co-Author of Your Brain on Nature
“Finally, a sane and simple solution to the epidemic of depression plaguing our country. Eat Complete shows us how to get all the nutrients we need for optimal brain health, from food! Dr. Ramsey brings Food as Medicine to life. I love this book!”
— Susan Blum, MD, MPH, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan and founder of the Blum Center for Health
“From the guy who made kale ‘kool’ and cruciferous chic comes a truly complete guide to eating and living well. Eat Complete takes the stress away from eating and brings us back to the dinner table where we belong. This book is a must-read for anyone with a brain!”
— Rebecca Leffler, Author of Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way
“Eat Complete encourages us to take a step back and re-examine what we are eating and how we are cooking, and then inspires us with simple and tasty recipes to shake things up in the kitchen to keep the brain, blood, heart, and body healthy.”
— Kristen Beddard, author Bonjour Kale and founder of TheKaleProject.com
“A devotee of low-fat, vegan regimens, I had no idea why I was overweight and depressed. I was lucky to stumble on a cure, but you’re much luckier: Drew explains it all in Eat Complete. This bold book should be required reading for every medical student, psychiatrist, and counselor.”
— Nina Planck, author of Real Food
Harper Wave, 9780062413437, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
About the Author
Drew Ramsey, MD @DrewRamseyMD is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. His work focuses on clinical excellence, nutritional interventions and creative media. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active telemedicine clinical practice based in New York City.
His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lancet Psychiatry, The Today Show, BBC, and NPR and he has given three TEDx talks. He is the co-author of the Antidepressant Food Scale and his e-courses on Nutritional Psychiatry education for the public and clinicians. His books Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety (Harperwave 2021), Eat Complete, 50 Shades of Kale, and The Happiness Diet explore the connections between mental health and nutrition. He is on the Advisory Board at Men’s Health, the Editorial Board at Medscape Psychiatry, and is a member of the Well+Good Wellness Council.
He splits his time between New York City and Crawford County, Indiana where he lives with his wife and children on their organic farm and forest.