Dr. Uma Naidoo: The Rising Anxiety Epidemic + How To Calm Your Mind With Food

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In this episode, I'm joined by author, psychiatrist, and personal chef, Dr. Uma Naidoo. Through her diverse background, Naidoo brings us a unique, expert-backed perspective on the connection between anxiety and food. By exploring how food fuels inflammation, anxiety, and depression in her new book, Calm Your Mind With Food, we can start to take back control of our mental health. Plus, she shows us the exact foods that are wreaking havoc on our minds and what foods to eat more of to help us chill out.

Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr. Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food and medicine space: a Harvard trained psychiatrist, professional chef graduating with her culinary schools’ most coveted award, and a trained Nutrition Specialist. Her nexus of interests have found their niche in Nutritional Psychiatry.

Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based Nutritional Psychiatry Service in the United States. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She was considered Harvard’s “Mood Food” expert and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Naidoo is also the national bestselling author of This Is Your Brain On Food. In her book, she shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others.

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • The shocking statistics on the mental health impacts of COVID-19
  • The massive problems that exist in our current healthcare system
  • The importance of preventative medicine through diet + lifestyle changes when it comes to mental health
  • Pro-tips for ignoring negativity and criticism on social media
  • Exactly what an anti-anxiety, budget-friendly shopping list looks like
  • The top surprising foods that can contribute to mental health problems
  • Everything you need to know about sugar and mental health + best sweetener options
  • Orthorexia + healing a damaged relationship with food and your body
  • Why you should be eating more dark chocolate
  • Top supplements for a calm mind + improved mental health
  • How to create an anti-anxiety kitchen + essential cooking techniques
  • A day in the life of eating for improved mental health

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.