Have you have ever wondered about the story behind the modern food system, or the research behind the science of food, but didn’t know where to search for a thorough, truth-based approach to the subject? Well, look no further than Dr. Caroline Leaf’s newest, Christian-based book from BakerBooks, entitled “Think & Eat Yourself Smart: A Neuroscientific Approach to a Sharper Mind and Healthier Life”. It will undoubtedly answer all of your questions, plus some you didn’t even know you had!
“Think & Eat Yourself Smart” is divided into three sections: Admit It, Quit It, and Beat It. In the first section, the focus is on the dysfunctional state of the common foods or “food-like products” found in our Modern American Diet – “MAD” foods, as Dr. Leaf calls them – and how far removed they are from the diet of real foods that God intended for us to eat. The second section highlights Dr. Leaf’s specialty on the power of the mind as it relates to food choices, both toxic and healthy ones. Interestingly, much of the information in this scientific section is similar to her previous bestselling book “Switch On Your Brain”, but with a food-related spin. Finally, the third section discusses practical, do-able lifestyle changes that we can implement into our daily lives, using the information from the previous two sections. Also included in the final section are 21 unique, tasty-sounding recipes designed to give us a kick-start on our journey to “thinking and eating ourselves smart”. Although not included as a section per se, a lengthy portion at the end of the book is dedicated to “Notes” annotated from the main sections, and designed to initiate further research into any topic in a more in-depth manner.
As I hope is apparent by now, it is virtually impossible to read this book and walk away without a different, enlarged, and more educated mindset about food. Of course, depending on just how much knowledge and interest in science and technical research you have, some portions may prove a little too in-depth for your taste. Clearly, Dr. Leaf never cheapens her book by removing any portions of the scientific facts she has discovered in her research. This, of course, is generally good news. However, it does make for a VERY scientific read! My advice is to read it slowly, one chapter at a time, in order to gain as many fascinating and potentially life-altering insights as possible. In this way, “Think & Eat Yourself Smart” will indeed prove to be a wonderful approach to a sharper mind and a healthier life, both now and in the generations to come.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”