Infuse Issue 7 March 2019 | Page 25

“...people think they have little influence on their brain... ” 1. Joanna, what inspired you to author “Brain Food”? I read from surveys that from middle age most people are more worried about ‘losing their marbles’ than they were about heart disease and cancer. I also speak often to corporates about the impact of lifestyle and diet on brain performance. Together these things made me realize people think they have little influence on their brain, when the research shows quite the opposite. I wanted to give people accessible information in a digestible way (forgive the pun) without having to read a tomb of science info. It’s a lovely positive message and the food is not only good for you, but also delicious! Image courtesy of @drjoannamcmillan 2. What are 2-3 key messages/ takeaways from "Brain Food"? Joanna’s Top Tips for other budding authors: While there are a host of takeaways from the book, the key messages would be: • To best look after your brain today and in the future – you need to eat well and limit your intake of junk food. • The best diet for your brain is one that includes loads of plant foods, whether or not you also include animal foods – look for real, whole foods as the foundations of your diet. • • Your lifestyle also matters – stress, sleep, exercise and mental stimulation are all key for long-term brain health. Start with an original idea. • Write up a pitch with an outline and try to get this in front of a publisher. • Work on your media presence – it will be an added bonus. article continues overleaf... © Dietitian Connection 25 Infuse | March 2019