I’ll never understand why so many people think junk food equals happiness.

Honestly, could anything be further from the truth? But if you want some scientific proof, read on…

A team of Finnish researchers recently conducted a follow-up study of more than 2,000 middle-aged men. They analyzed food records and frequency questionnaires to note any influence on the incidence of depression.

And surprise, surprise. An unhealthy diet—in this case, marked by high consumption of processed meats, bread, white potatoes, and sugar-filled desserts, snacks, and drinks—was linked with a marked increase in depressive symptoms.

So much for Happy Meals making you happy…

But on the flip side of the coin, subjects who ate nutrient-rich diets characterized by vegetables, lean meats, and fish—just like The A-List Diet—were less likely to suffer depressive symptoms. And they had a lower risk of depression during the 13-20 year follow-up period overall.

Weight loss also correlated with reductions in depressive symptoms.

So, once again, the benefits of The A-List Diet aren’t just skin deep. Eating foods that truly nourish your body will help you look better AND feel better…physically, mentally, and emotionally.

A-Listers’ Corner

Q: “I don’t get to cook often because I travel a lot for my job, so I have to eat on the run. Do you have any tips that will give me the best chance of success with the A-List Diet even if I can’t always cook? Thank you for answering my questions. I love your diet!

A: If anyone can relate to eating on the run, it’s me. I’m constantly on the go. And yet, I always manage to eat healthy food. Always!

I never let life get in the way of eating healthy. Planning ahead and “defensive eating” are the two main tricks of the trade.

I would bet most places you go, you have at least some idea what to expect from a food perspective. So you should be able to plan ahead to some extent — and choose the healthiest places you can.

If that isn’t an option, bring some healthy snacks with you. Hard boiled eggs and nuts are a couple of my favorites.

Recipe of the week…

This week’s A-List recipe spotlight is appetizers:

Pistachio Smoked Salmon Rolls (page 241 of The A-List Diet)


  • 1 pound smoked salmon, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 12-ounce roll herbed goat cheese, cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • 40 pistachios, shelled and crushed lightly


  • Top one salmon slice with a cucumber slice and a goat cheese slice.
  • Sprinkle with pistachios.
  • Roll up.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve.