Eat Complete

The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health

Drew Ramsey, M.D.

Book

What does food haveto do with brain health? Everything.

In Eat Complete, leading psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, explores the important connection between food and brain health—and the profound impact this has on our overall wellness.

Your brain determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed; it also burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. This essential guide and cookbook teaches you how to fuel your brain and body properly, with the nutrients that are crucial to a healthy and happy life.

Drawing upon cutting-edge scientific research, Dr. Ramsey identifies the twenty-one nutrients most important to brain health and overall well-being. And with one hundred simple, mouth-watering recipes, he demonstrates how to easily incorporate these frequently missed nutrients into everyday meal plans.

Each recipe in Eat Complete is engineered for optimal nourishment to keep your brain properly fueled. Start your day with Orange-Pecan Waffles, rich in the vitamin E that protects brain fat; serve up a dinner of Garlic Butter Shrimp over Spiralized Zucchini to power the growth of new brain cells with high levels of zinc and magnesium; and indulge in Chocolate-Spiced Truffles to help fight age-related memory decline with plant-based nutrients called flavanols.

Eat Complete shows you what your body needs and why. A practical and appetizing guide, this cookbook provides a tasty path to transforming your brain, your health—and, ultimately, your life.

Advance Praise for Eat Complete

“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

“You’re holding in your hands something unique:  a cookbook about eating well that actually makes you hungry. Dr. Drew Ramsey breaks down the precepts of nutritional psychiatry into bite-size pieces that suddenly make irrefutable sense. With each delicious forkful you’ll be taking care of your body, your brain, and your moods. Eat Complete has completely changed my mind about what healthy eating is and what it can do.”—David Leite, publisher of the James Beard Award—winning site Leite’s Culinaria and author of The New Portuguese Table

“Drew Ramsey, MD, beautifully translates the latest brain science directly to the plate. Eat Complete is a fabulous culinary prescription filled with joy and yum!”—Rebecca Katz, MS, author of The Healthy Mind Cookbook

“In his new book, Dr. Drew Ramsey encourages readers to ‘fuel their brains’ using reliable science and mouth-watering 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 and bestselling author of From Junk Food to Joy Food

“Dr. Drew Ramsey gives you beautiful food that has the power to inspire, with its melding of great cooking and great culinary medicine. These are meals that make your brain younger with what you cook and eat. I love it and am grateful.”—John La Puma, MD, founder of ChefMD and Chef Clinic, and author of the New York Times bestseller ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine

Eat Complete shows us how to get all the nutrients we need for optimal brain health, from food!  Dr. Drew Ramsey brings Food as Medicine to life in a compelling way with patient stories and illustrative recipes. I love this book!”—Susan Blum, MD, MPH, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan and founder of the Blum Center for Health

Author

Drew Ramsey, M.D.

Drew Ramsey, M.D., is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. Dr. Ramsey is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York and an attending psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His clinical work focuses on the treatment of depression and anxiety with a combination of psychotherapy, diet and lifestyle modification, and psychopharmacology. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Prevention, and Men's Journal, and he is the coauthor of The Happiness Diet. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

 

Reviews

“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

“If you have a brain, you must read this book.” —Emily Deans, MD, Psychiatrist, Clinical Instructor at Harvard University, and Blogger at Evolutionary Psychiatry

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“Dr. Ramsey crafts an accessible, actionable summary of the foods that will keep our brains sharp.” —Mehmet Oz, MD, Professor of Surgery at Columbia University

“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

“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

“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

“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