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Brain Chemistry

Balanced brain chemistry orchestrates mental, emotional and physical well being. Imbalances in brain chemistry may lead to anxiety disorders or depression, emotional eating, uncontrolled cravings for sugars or breads and/or substance abuse. Curious? How do your answers to these statements add up?

The Brain Chemistry Assessment

Please answer the following questions using the following:
(0) never, rarely (1) twice a week or less (2) twice a week or more (3) daily

Question #1

Eat as a reward or for comfort


Question #2

Worry, anxiety or phobias


Question #3

Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep


Question #4

Overly sensitive, emotional


Question #5

Difficulty focusing, maintaining attention


Question #6

Inability to relax after a tense or stressful situation


Question #7

Low self-esteem, lack of confidence


Question #8

Obsessive behavior


Question #9

Use alcohol or drugs to improve mood


Question #10

Use Anti-depressant drugs


Question #11

Use Anti-anxiety drugs


The Results:

Calculate your total score:

Add all digits from each question above.

What does this mean?
If you answered yes to question #10 or #11 or had a total score higher than six excluding # 10 and #11 you might benefit from assessing your dietary protein intake. A score of 12 or more suggests a need to work with a clinical nutritionist. For more information about protein sources and optimizing protein absorption, click on Nutrition 101 and read the section on macronutrients.


Mood-food Response (a unique brain chemical imbalance).

Emotional eating, or using food to boost your mood is almost always due to an imbalance in certain brain chemicals. These brain chemicals, known as neurotransmitters are powerful chemical messengers that nerve cells use to communicate.

These neurotransmitters are thousands of times stronger than any street drug. With unbalanced brain chemistry your ability to marshal your will power and say no to sugar, alcohol or other harmful substances is weakened. The following questions are designed to help you determine if emotional eating is a health issue you should address.

The Mood Food Assessment

Please answer the following questions using the following:
(0) never, rarely (1) twice a week or less (2) twice a week or more (3) daily

Question #1

Crave carbohydrate rich snacks, cookies, chips, breads, candy, pastry or sweet foods.


Question #2

Routinely eating until stuffed at meals


Question #3

Eat when bored, moody, lonely, angry, worried or upset


Question #4

Failed diet attempts, regained lost weight easily


Question #5

Binge eating/purging


Question #6

Weight adversely affects your life on a daily basis


Question #7

Feel guilty about food or overeating


The Results:

Total Score:

What does this mean?
A total score of 6 or more would indicate a possible neurotransmitter imbalance. Typically, people who have emotional issues around food intake find it best to consult a clinical nutritionist or other health care professional. To get more information on strategies to help deal with emotional eating go to Nutrition 101.


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