Nutritional Psychiatry

If you have a heart attack, your cardiologist is very likely to speak to you (at least briefly) about what you eat. This is a good thing! The food you eat has a significant impact on your future heart disease risk. If you have an episode of depression, its fairly unlikely that your psychiatrist will talk to you about food. But there is a significant movement aiming to change this!

Fabulous New Food Guide

Did you hear? Canada got a new food guide and it’s awesome! You probably didn’t know this, although it shouldn’t be surprising – one of the lead scientists who developed it trained as a naturopathic doctor.


Meal Planning

Did you make some changes with the new year? In my house we made a few.  The one that I’m most excited about is meal planning.  It’s something I’ve thought about for a while but never put into action.  The motivation comes mainly from being a busy mom of two these days; I’m looking to simplify and make my week as efficient as possible.  Have you read about decision fatigue?


Why inflammation is depressing!

A recent quote in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the following: “Psychiatic and neurodevelopmental disorders are being thought of more and more as systemic illnesses in which inflammation is involved.” (1) For a long time mental health concerns were treated as though they only involved the brain, that the rest of the body was separate and irrelevant. But this is changing; balance within the rest of the body is being thought of more and more as relevant.  One aspect of balance that seems to be of interest is inflammation. 

New Year’s Resolutions – Awesome or Terrible? Or Both?

The debate around New Year’s Resolutions has gone on for ages.  Sometimes they work and allow us to make big changes, sometimes they don’t and leave us feeling discouraged.  Unfortunately, often they don’t – studies show the success rate to be somewhere around 8% - yikes! But there may be some value to this age old tradition!

Is Sugar Addictive? Mental Health Web Series Interview

Along with experts from leading Canadian hospitals, universities and mental health organizations, I was interviewed as part of a web series on mental health called 1001 Ways to Wonder. Creator Bryce Sage wonders about what causes mental illness, what we know about it and how it might be treated. My interview focused on the relationship between diet and mental health - an area of expertise in my clinical practice and research work.

Food and Mood

We’ve known for a long time that what we eat affects our physical health.  But research is just starting to demonstrate the connection between food and mental health as well.  Several studies show that individuals eating a poorer quality diet (more processed food, more sugar, more deep-fried foods, less vegetables) are more likely to be suffer from mental illness (1).

Seasonal Allergies

With April here many people know that seasonal allergies are just around the corning.  But the good news is that there’s a lot that can be done to combat this annual annoyance and at the same time promote overall balance within the body.  


Recent Lecture: Taking Control of Mood Disorders with Nutrition

I recently gave an invited guest lecture for Orthomolecular Health about the use of nutrition in the treatment of mood disorders. The one hour talk explored the science and research surrounding the relationship between what we eat and how we feel.

A recording of the talk is available here if you'd like to check it out: resources/taking-control-of-mood-disorders/

Making Veggies Exciting!

Have a hard time getting in your vegetables?

We all know the health benefits of eating vegetables.  Massive studies have shown incredible results such as a 44% reduction in cancer and 38% reduction in strokes when comparing 5+ veggie and fruit servings to 1 serving. But sometime steamed carrots and green beans can be boring or plain – I hear you!

The good news is that they don’t have to be! There are tons of ways to make vegetables interesting and great tasting. 



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