With each new year, many people set intentions to change their diet and exercise habits, resolving to head back to the gym or eat healthier to look and feel better. But dietician, Rika Mansingh’s new book, The Empowered Mind Diet Equation, is a different take on nutrition – focusing on foods which feed the brain and in turn, lead to increased energy and vitality.
She says to achieve any goal, first, we need to conquer our minds, and one way to do this is by altering our diet.
“We should be mindful of what we eat and how it affects the way we feel,” she said. “This book is an uplifting and empowering read meant to change thoughts, feelings and behavior to rewire the brain and create new habits.”
Her book discusses how the brain is capable of not only repairing itself but also producing new neurons, regardless of age, through a process called neuroplasticity and neurogenesis.
Mansingh has focused on the link between nutrition and the mind in her 17 years working as a registered dietician, most recently in Abbotsford, B.C. and now wants to bring her knowledge to readers outside of her private practice.
“Many clients have seen life-changing results such as losing weight, controlling blood sugars, changing disordered eating patterns and, especially, a reduction or discontinuation of medication. Many medical conditions are preventable and with healthy dietary practices complications of lifestyle diseases can be avoided or eliminated completely,” said Mansingh.
Her number one advice to anyone reading this who instantly wants to feel better is to be mindful of what they eat.
“See food as information for the brain. Before eating, really take a step back to be mindful and ask, “What will this food do for my brain and how will it affect the way I feel afterward,” she said.
In The Empowered Mind Diet Equation, Mansingh goes into detail on which foods nourish the brain – healthy omegas, complex carbohydrates, powerful proteins, energizing vitamins, magnificent minerals, and water.
She also discusses the culprits to avoid – sugar, gluten, alcohol, caffeine and simple carbohydrates and their impact on the brain.
Her takeaway message is “to be mindful of not only what you eat, but what you don’t eat.”
The advice falls in line with Canada’s recently revised food guide. Doing away with food groups and servings, the guide now recommends filling half your plate with vegetables and fruits, a quarter with whole grains and a quarter with a form of protein.
Mansingh says the biggest challenge her clients face when changing their diet, is their mindset and the belief they can’t do it.
“Healthy eating for the mind is not difficult. It is actually very easy if we change the way we think. Always believe in yourself. You are the handler of your own health. Believe that you can do it and you will achieve not only your dietary goals but overcome any obstacles along the way,” she said.
Mansingh has had a busy start to 2019. Her book launch event took place in Abbotsford last weekend, she spoke at the Gluten Free Expo in Vancouver earlier this month and has several book signings lined up for February.
She is also a media columnist appearing regularly in the Abbotsford News. Most recently, she wrote about the impacts of gluten on the brain for Gluten Free Magazine and is scheduled to appear on television and radio shows this month.
IndieReader gave the book a 4/5 star rating calling it “an informative guide perfect for anyone wishing to improve his or her lifestyle. Those who are struggling will find Mansingh’s tips clear and easy to follow, while those who have already adopted a healthy lifestyle will benefit from advanced topics involving mindfulness, the gut-brain, and nootropics.”
The South African native is having the largest bookstore in South Africa, Exclusive Books, distributing the book.
“I have this intense feeling of gratitude. Holding a copy of the book is proof The Empowered Mind Diet Equation works. I did everything I speak about in the book as I was writing it.”
Mansingh’s goal for 2019 is focusing on marketing her book and empowering as many people as she can to rewire how they think about food.
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