312: The World’s First Nutritional Psychiatrist Shares How Food Impacts Your Mental Health

Dec 14, 2020 | Fridate, Podcast



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We all know that the things we put into our body have a massive effect on how we feel, both physically and mentally. But how far do those effects really go, and can food be used as a substitute for drugs and medication that are often riddled with side effects? Dr. Uma Naidoo is the first Nutritional Psychiatrist in the world. Instead of only relying only on drugs in her arsenal of tools, she also considers food as a potential and potent alternative. 

She shares the various ways food impacts our mood and our mental health—both positively and negatively—and how we can all start making small, daily changes to our lives that will build up to make a huge impact.

In This Conversation We Cover: 

  • [03:57] Dr. Uma’s past in Durban, South Africa
  • [07:40] Julia Child’s role in Dr. Uma’s life and career
  • [14:33] What psychosocial oncology and how it fits into her work
  • [16:27] Being a fourth-generation Indian and the drive to be a doctor
  • [20:39] The difference between medical school and culinary school
  • [25:45] Realizing the way food affects mood
  • [33:48] What people should and shouldn’t do right now regarding food


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