Today, we welcome Dr. Drew Ramsey to talk about nutritional psychiatry, from how our food choices affect our mood and how food should be included when talking about mental health to accepting anxiety as part of our response system and why alcohol is awful for anxiety and depression.

Dr. Ramsey is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City where his work focuses on the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety. 

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What to Listen For:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:42 Myth: The important value in talking about food is around meat
  • 07:45 Different therapeutic uses of food
  • 11:29 What we eat dictates how we feel
  • 15:18 There is no talk about food in mental health
  • 20:30 Anxiety is big part of our intuition
  • 27:41 Exposure to the things that make you anxious
  • 31:16 What is catastrophization?
  • 34:10 Food change takes more than 30 days 
  • 39:07 Alcohol is awful for anxiety and depression
  • 46:52 Setting the clocks and getting the early morning light
  • 55:53 Foods to avoid

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