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Depending on the situation, anxiety (tempered by control) can be a good thing. Many years ago while mountain biking in a somewhat remote area of Montana, my riding partner and I came across a grizzly bear. Needless to say, in that context, both of us hit the anxiety button.

YIKES! There’s a grizzly bear. Right in front of us. Just off the trail.

Luckily the bear wasn’t all that interested. He (she?) stood up, looked straight at us, took a couple of lazy sniffs in our direction, and ambled off. Although he showed no obvious signs of aggression, my anxiety level shot up significantly. And for good reason.

Normal anxiety is like normal inflammation. It’s a positive response to danger or injury and something that is built into our physiology. Without anxiety, we might do stupid things.

“Cool, there’s a grizzly bear. I’ll go stand by him (her?) while you take my picture.”

While anxiety can be innately protective, I’m convinced some of us got the fortified version of the anxiety gene(s) and some of us got the watered down version. You know the personality types. There are scaredy-cats with AVOIDANCE being a distinct personality trait and there are risk-takers without a care in the world. It takes all kinds, but somewhere in the middle might make for a healthier balance.

Sadly, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, abnormal anxiety affects some 40 million people age 18 or older. That’s a lot of Americans living life hanging by a thread of jangled nerves. Are you one of them?

Enter Trudy Scott. She can help.

Although a lifelong adventurer (climber, skier, mountain biker, world traveler), Trudy had her own mid-thirties battle with serious anxiety. Her journey back to radiant health took her on a path of discovery that led to the book, The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings. Trudy is a clinical nutritionist and has a private practice focused on natural solutions for anxiety and mood disorders. She’s “been there, done that” and knows the solution.

I met Trudy while attending the National Association of Nutritional Professional’s conference a few weeks ago in San Francisco. She’s a girl after my own heart. How often do you meet other nutritionists who telemark ski, backpack, mountain bike, and ice climb—and do it all gluten-free? I knew I had to include Trudy’s book in my “May is Celiac Awareness Month” book giveaway. She’s awesome, we hit it off right away, and there’s not a shred of abnormal anxiety in her personality. She found the cure through the right food and lifestyle choices, and she’s here to help you do the same.

If you’re interested in winning a copy of Trudy’s book, please do the following:

• Leave a comment on this post. Make sure you include your email address when prompted (it will only be visible to me) so I can notify you if you win.

• The giveaway closes Thursday, May 31st at 6 PM. It doesn’t matter if you’ve entered the other May giveaways.

I’ll announce all the winners next month in one “wrap-up” blog post. Stay tuned.

Peace, love, and a calm mind.

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115 Responses to “The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution book giveaway”

  1. Thank you for exploring these important issues and bringing insight into areas where it is so needed. I would love to pass this book on to someone close to me.

  2. Thank you for this email. I live everyday with anxiety issues because I have celiac and asthma. I had no idea that certain foods can help me with this disorder. I would love to win this book.

  3. Viktoria says:

    I had no idea that my anxiety could be managed with diet. What a lark! I would love to win this book and pass on what I glean from it to my young son, who did not fall far from the tree.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I was discussing this with a contact of mine. I am interested in the connection between gluten and anxiety, Hashimoto’s, Adrenal fatigue, anemia and other rampant preventable conditions and diseases.

  5. Chris Griffiths says:

    This is a fascinating topic to me. I hit a very difficult period in my early 30’s with anxiety/OCD. As much as I wanted to avoid medication, I couldn’t function without it. While the SSRI was a huge part of me getting better- I’d like to get off of it and I’ve been hearing how nutrition can be a vital part of this process. Any information I can get my hands on would be very helpful.

  6. Vanessa Hartle says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book … would love to calm my overactive, anxious mind with foods I can tolerate. The calmer, healthier person inside of me would be eternally grateful… as will my family and friends.

  7. Barb says:

    I would love to win this book! Anxiety came from celiac disease for me. Unfortunately, it was it was 29 years before I was diagnosed. I rarely need medication for it any more but it’s still there a bit. Maybe this would help defeat if completely.

  8. Dino Ruffoni says:

    Thanks for posting this information. This is exciting stuff. I have looked far and wide for a book like this over the years and I have not been able to find one. I am a psychotherapist and this book will help many of my clients.

  9. Anne says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I am making changes in my diet, but tend to be on the anxious side, which cravings only exacerbate. So learning how to eat foods that calm the body and soul would be amazing! Also, I would be able to pass on what I learn to those I counsel in my job. Thank you for letting us know about the book and the chance to win one!

  10. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the helpful info!

  11. Vanessa says:

    I am learning about diet changes needed for my GF grand daughter and figured it may also help improve my health whilst I deal with cancer.

  12. maggie says:

    This was an interesting post. I would like to learn more about the foods that would help with the anxiety. thank youi.

  13. Ooh fun, I haven’t seen that book before. Looks like a great read!

  14. Diane Eblin says:

    This looks like a great book for my son who is battling Lyme Disease. Anxiexty is often part of what these folks deal with. I’ll be checking this book out for sure! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Maria says:

    Wow, this sounds like a great resource I could really benefit from. Since being diagnosed with multiple food allergies and slowly healing my body through diet, my anxiety issues have lessened. However, I still experience anxiety attacks which affect my relationships and sleep. I would love to see what else will help me. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  16. JEANNE says:

    So many gluten intolerant folks gain weight and have cravings when they’re not actually hungry. (myself included.) This book sounds like it could be a big help for many people.

  17. Rachael says:

    This sounds great. I’ve struggled with anxiety for a while now, and being gluten free hasn’t seemed to affect that. So, I’d live a book that would help me address this! Thanks for having this giveaway.

  18. Dawn says:

    More people need to honor the divine source and content of our food. Thanks for your contribution!

  19. Carol Crowninshield says:

    I have had anxiety for several years and refuse to take medication. I also have celiac disease. I would love to win this book and learn how to deal with it naturally. It sounds like exactly what I have been looking for.

  20. Karen says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Diana says:

    Thank you, Melissa, for sharing Trudy’s research with us. For many years I have aimed to eat for my health (allowing for an occasional “cheat”) yet this is the first time guidelines for dealing with anxiety through what I eat have caught my attention. This is certainly an important study for a life-long food plan. Anxiety rears its ugly head far too often during extended unemployment and it is a challenge to eat gluten-free and sugar free. Unfortunately food pantries, while well-meaning, distribute mostly cheap processed foods and lots of pasta that are donated. And with the $41 a month of food stamps it’s always a mental debate after buying vegetables and protein how to strech my money for brown rice and maybe the occasional splurge for yummy quinoa. A certain well-known chef recently did a series on eating nutritiously on food stamps. Alas about 99% of his meals included gluten and/or sugar. So, anyone offer guidance for REAl nutrition is so gratefully thanked.

  22. Jan says:


    I keep having heart palputations and have wondered if it’s considered anxiety. The dr. says my heart is very good and no problems, but I keep having palputations – plus I have sensitivities to gluten, dairy, soy and minor sensitivity to eggs. This book may be just what I am looking for!

  23. Carol says:

    I just started a cooking class learning about plant-based foods and I am one anxious person. The food we cook is perfect for me – so any other help would be great. I am very interested in your book. It has been recommended to me several times.

  24. Lesley says:

    Would love to check out this book!

  25. marie says:

    Thank you for this. I am a big fan of this very helpful blog. I have PTSD for which I now take medication. I also cannot tolerate gluten or lactose or alcohol. I am always looking for ways to normalize myself. Thank you again for another helpful post.

  26. Leslie says:

    I’d love a copy of this book! I’ve always suffered from anxiety, but only recently noticed that it seems much less prevalent since I went gluten- free two years ago. I’m very interested in learning more about a connection.

  27. Mindy Kannon says:

    I would love a copy of this book. It will make a huge difference for me and my clients.
    Thank you,
    Mindy Kannon

  28. Kerenza KOROSTOVETZ says:

    Very interesting and important information! I would love to win a copy as I have just baked gf biscuits by converting a recipe my husband likes and have not been very successful. I enjoy cooking for others and would love to be able to successfully cook all of our old family favourites!

  29. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been GF for the past 3.5 years and, while I still cheat occasionally, it’s to my own detriment and I feel the stress, anxiety, worry and depression creeping in almost immediately. This book looks great and whether my name is pulled for a copy or not, I’m going to try to find it at the library to read it. I’ve already shared the link with a few friends.

    PS – Thanks for the links (in the comment above) re: eating inexpensively GF. I’m not on stamps but I’m on a strict budget so every tip is helpful!

  30. Jen says:

    I’ve been gluten free for 12 years but I would love to learn how to eat to help out my muscle spasms which come from tense muscles.

  31. Jamie says:

    My son and I have and deal with ADHD, the book would be great!

  32. Danielle Engle says:

    Reading the description of this book and the “ailmnents” (for lack of better word) I feel like I’m reading about myself. I am always anxious, rarely in a “good” mood and I have cravings off the wall. I thought that going gluten free would help with these things, but it hasn’t helped yet. I would love to win this book to see if it could help me!

  33. Linda Crum says:

    This book sounds wonderful!

  34. Diana G says:

    This sounds like a fascinating book. I’m always interested in the way food affects our health.

  35. Renee says:

    Having been tense and anxious my whole life, I discovered that dairy was a major cause – after cutting it out I feel much better. Eating a grain and dairy free diet is challenging to follow but the results are amazing!
    Thank you for this information and the opportunity to get the book.

  36. Michelle says:

    I have realized in recent years that anxiety and other mood/attitude issues with me during my entire life, has been largely associated with my Food Sensitivities and Allergies. Going Dairy Free helped immensely, and now going gluten-limited also helps. I would love to win a copy of the book to learn more information! 🙂

  37. Carolyn says:

    Looks like a very interesting book.

  38. Mary Frances Studzinski says:

    Wow, this book has caught my attention for sure.

  39. audrey says:

    It’s amazing that the simple things in life can bring us the greatest joy and peace of mind! i would love to win a copy of the book and pass on the amazing gift of food.

  40. Shannon says:

    Sounds interesting- would love to learn more!

  41. Ana says:

    I have major problems with anxiety, it would truly be lovely to win this book!
    Anxiety is so hard to deal with, I find myself trying to fight it so much that I am always giving in to the cravings in hopes it will help me. This book sounds too good to be true!

  42. Kim says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! It was shown to me at a CSA conference at I even took a photo of the cover hoping to look into it further. Let food be thy medicine!
    Thanks for your awesome blog!

  43. Emily says:

    My husband found out at the end of last year that he’s gluten and dairy intolerant plus a whole bunch of gluten-free staples. He has always struggled with anxiety, even before I knew him. The doc has him on so many medications–several for anxiety. We are working with a great local chiropractor for many issues but not anxiety. I’d love to know more about what I can be doing to help now that things have settled down to a new post-diagnosis “normal.” The book would be a great start!

  44. Alisa says:

    Well you know I’m one of them 🙂

  45. Jennifer R says:

    This came at the perfect time. My son, with anxiety issues, is going thru end of the year testing at his school. He woke up on Tuesday morning with a stomach ache and couldn’t even eat breakfast. Luckily, it only lasted that morning. This book would be perfect to help him even further. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  46. Lesley Small says:

    I would love this book. My daughter who is 10 suffers greatly from anxiety. I want to do everything possible without medicating her!

  47. Irene says:

    I have been anxious all my life (I’m thirty-three) about everything- work, food, relationships. I’ve always joked that it was my catholic school girl guilt. All joking aside, it’s anxiety- and what a relief that food can be the fix- not drugs.

  48. Joanie H says:

    Wow! As I continue my journey – figuring out what foods do what and how the body is affected – this sounds fascinating! Another layer of the onion being peeled away (so to speak)! Anxiety has been an issue with me. Would love to read this book and discover more possible answers. Thank you for blessing someone with this book.

  49. Lisa says:

    I’d love to have this book! I’ve just recently discovered that I have a slew of health problems that I’d rather treat with food than drugs, and this would hopefully tie in with that as well. Thanks!

  50. Jean says:

    Great entry, Melissa, and very important. I’m looking forward to reading that book soon.

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