BOOK REVIEW: The Feel Good Factor  

Posted by Scott Wilson

Title: The Feel Good Factor

Author: Patrick Holford

Publisher: Piatkus Non Fiction

RRP: $35.00

ISBN: 9780749953164

Release Date: February 2011

Pages: 288


A straightforward, ten-step approach to overcoming low mood and depression based on simple nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Low mood and depression are endemic, and on the increase, and the recession has further fuelled the need for the practical, down-to-earth advice provided in THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR.

Written by leading nutrition expert and mental health specialist Patrick Holford, it reveals highly effective methods to make a difference to how you feel - without the need for medical drugs. It includes lifestyle and life management techniques, as well as revealing the right foods to eat, and those to avoid, to help improve your mood dramatically.

This accessible approach is supported by substantial research, and backed up by poignant and motivating case histories. This includes those with major depression who failed to get better with conventional approaches and recovered completely on Holford s regime. The book is supported by further in-depth analysis relating to mood and diet taken from Holford s 100% Health survey, which was completed by over 55,000 people.


Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, NTCRP pioneers new approaches to health and nutrition. He is the founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (Europe's leading training centre for nutritional therapists), is Chief Executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation and the author of over 30 books.


The Feel Good Factor is a great, new refreshing book on dealing with depression from a nutritional point of view. There are so many books out there dealing with depression and it is hard to pick one that will be right for you. Having depression often means that you don’t have the drive or motivation to pick up a book and read through the dry and clinical definitions and get anything out of them.

With The Feel Good Factor, the writing is simple and based on dietary techniques rather than inundating the reader with overly complicated or hard to follow methods. Taking the health survey gives the reader a benchmark to start their plan with and helps you work through getting better.

I found the case studies very interesting and relevant to the material in the book, and think that they might be helpful to someone trying to overcome depression themselves.

If you’ve tried other techniques for getting over depression in isolation then this additional technique of modifying your diet may help. As with any other self help book, your should consult your treating GP before taking on anything here as well.

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