W.E.L.L. Summit 2017 + Men + Wellness - Drew Ramsey MD

This year, I’m thrilled to be the VIP Lunch Speaker at the W.E.L.L. Summit on Friday, November 3rd. Speaking at the W.E.L.L. Summit last year was truly one of my highlights of 2017. There’s something really magical about being in a room filled with people committed to their mental, spiritual and physical health. It reminds me of the importance of community for all of us, especially when we’re struggling.

For those of you who want more of a taste of the event, check out my interview with WELL Insiders, as well as interviews with many of the other speakers. Nicolle interviewed me about one of my favorite topics that is often missed in the wellness field… Men. Enjoy and hope to see you at the W.E.L.L. Summit this year!

Men In Wellness: Meet Dr. Drew Ramsey

Have you noticed how the wellness world is dominated by incredible women? On one hand, we totally love it—what other industry has so many girl bosses rocking it across mediums, helping to change perspectives on health? On the other hand, men need wellness role models too! So, we sought out a few men who are killing it in the health realm, and asked them to share how they got their start, and what men might be missing about wellness. We’re calling it our Men In Wellness series.

First up? Dr. Drew Ramsey. Drew broke onto the healthcare and wellness scene with with his first book The Happiness Diet, and then solidified his place as an expert with his second book, 50 Shades of Kale, and his third book Eat Complete. The psychiatrist is a leading proponent of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. During his “day job,” Dr. Drew is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City where his work focuses on the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety. Using the latest brain science and nutritional research, modern treatments and an array of delicious food, he aims to help people live to their happiest, healthiest lives. Here’s what he had to say about Men In Wellness.

How did you get started in the wellness industry? Why the interest in it?

It’s been really exciting seeing the world of wellness embrace mental health. I got started in wellness as I started publishing books and saw the potential to really spread a life-changing message about food and brain health. Coming from academic medicine, we don’t spend enough time translating our knowledge and breakthroughs into actions—”this is how you can be healthier.” The wellness world inspires me this way, and really pushed me to be a better communicator. And now, about a decade into this work, I love seeing brands that I share values, like the W.E.L.L. SummitWell and Good, and Sakara Life taking their messages to the national stage.

Why should men care about their wellness?
Let’s see, first, wellness events are packed with the smartest, strongest, healthiest women on the planet. In all seriousness, men should care for the same reason women do—your wellness is really about your happiness and self-care. Traditionally, men’s health doesn’t get the same attention as women’s health—how many Men’s Health centers are there? Not many. We all should care about men’s wellness and move beyond the stigma that men are dudes who eat poorly, drink too much and don’t really exercise. After all these are the boyfriends, husbands, fathers, brothers, sons that make up half the planet.

What do men often miss about their wellness?
The mental part. Men tend to withdraw during times of stress. They drop their healthy routines and often a mix of pride and shame prevent them from getting help. I also think men miss out on a lot of the innovation—we tend not to mix up our work-outs.

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Eat Complete

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.


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The Happiness Diet

For the first time in history, too much food is making us sick. It's all too apparent that the Modern American Diet (MAD) is expanding our waistlines; what's less obvious is that it's starving and shrinking our brains. Rates of obesity and depression have recently doubled, and while these epidemics are closely linked, few experts are connecting the dots for the average American.

Using the latest data from the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and nutrition, The Happiness Dietshows that over the past several generations small, seemingly insignificant changes to our diet have stripped it of nutrients--like magnesium, vitamin B12, iron, and vitamin D, as well as some very special fats--that are essential for happy, well-balanced brains. These shifts also explain the overabundance of mood-destroying foods in the average American's diet and why they predispose most of us to excessive weight gain.

After a clear explanation of how we've all been led so far astray, The Happiness Diet empowers the reader with simple, straightforward solutions. Graham and Ramsey show you how to steer clear of this MAD way of life with foods to swear off, shopping tips, brain-building recipes, and other practical advice, and then remake your diet by doubling down on feel-good foods--even the all-American burger.


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Fifty Shades of Kale

Kale gets sexy in Fifty Shades of Kale by Drew Ramsey, M.D., and Jennifer Iserloh, with 50 recipes that are mouth-wateringly delicious and do a body good.
Release yourself from the bondage of guilt and start cooking meals with the ingredients you love: meat, cheese, and yes—even butter. Nutrient-rich kale provides essential vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy, happy, and lean—so you can indulge in your most delicious desires. Whether you’re a cooking novice or a real kale submissive, you will undoubtedly succumb to Kale’s charms.

From Mushroom and Kale Risotto to Kale Kiwi Gazpacho, Fifty Shade of Kale offers simple ways to have your kale and eat it, too, as well as nutritional information, cooking tips, and a tutorial on kale in all her glorious shades.
Indulge your culinary passions with Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please.


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