Speaking Our Minds
036: This is Your Brain on Food with Dr. Uma Naidoo
On this weeks episode Dr. Uma Naidoo and I had a conversation on the podcast about the relationship between food and mental health- including some very practical tips for what to grab on your next grocery shopping trip to boost your mood and brain health.
In her role as a Clinical Scientist, Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
In addition to this, Dr. Naidoo is the author of the title, This Is Your Brain On Food released August 4th, 2020. In her book, she shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others.
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90. 090: Managing Seasonal Depression and it's Impact on Daily Life01:07:38In this week's episode, we're talking all about the signs of Seasonal Depression, managing its impact on daily life and some solutions to start getting unstuck! Including:What is seasonal depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?The signs and symptoms of seasonal depression.How it may be impacting your everyday life.Understanding the 3 P's of resilience.Tips for coping with seasonal depression.Treatments for seasonal depression.and more!Mental health resources if you're looking for help & support: https://brittneyamoses.com/mental-help-resources/Connect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPod The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. Simply dial 988 (US based).
89. 089: Finding Peace & Freedom with Food and Your Body this Holiday Season43:23Welcome back to the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with Brittney and Ranela! In this episode with Elise Museles, we're talking all about Unlocking the power of your food story, identifying and releasing disempowering limiting beliefs, and finding freedom in food and your body. Including:What is a food story?How to someone begin to identify your food story.Some examples of limiting beliefs we commonly have around food.How we can listen to our bodies and reconnect to our intuition in a fast-paced world.The effects of stress eating on our digestion and our gut health and how to become a more relaxed eater.Encouragement for when you're feeling stressed around this season.Elise Museles holds four certificates in holistic health and integrative healing. She is on the Environmental Working Group board of directors and has been a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant recipient for five years in a row. A sought-after speaker, she is also host of the popular Once Upon a Food Story podcast. Her work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Health, Self, ELLE, Well+Good, The Chalkboard, mindbodygreen, and other outlets. For more, visit elisemuseles.com or check out her new book Food Story: Rewrite the Way You Eat, Think, and Live.Grab Elise's book- Food Story: Rewrite the Way You Eat, Think, and Live.: https://www.amazon.com/Food-Story-Rewrite-Think-Live/dp/168364719XElise's Food Mood Bundle: https://elisemuseles.com/bundle/Connect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPodConnect with Elise:Instagram: @elisemuselesElise's Website: https://elisemuseles.com/
88. 088: Moving Through Grief & Loss during the Holidays with Brianna Fattal01:28:11Welcome back to the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with Brittney and Ranela! In this episode with Brianna Fattal, we're talking all about how grief and loss shape us as individuals, false ideas and expectations about the grieving process and how to keep the memory of our loved ones alive. Including:Some signs of grief and unresolved grief.Common misconceptions or myths about grief.How grief and loss is accumulative.What’s common to feel.What makes loss particularly difficult around the holidays.Some ways they can navigate the holidays and find a sense of calm and well-being.How friends and family can members support a grieving loved one.And some meaningful ways to honor and remember a loved one during the holiday seasonAfter experiencing a devastating loss, Brianna grew a passion for helping others. She’s grown a community as a wellness consultant educating others about how the products they put in and on their body impacts their mental and emotional health. As an advanced grief recovery specialist, she also helps educate and coach people through recovering from unresolved grief.The Grief Recovery Method: https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/The Grief Recovery Handbook: https://www.amazon.com/Grief-Recovery-Handbook-Anniversary-Expanded/dp/0061686077Connect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPodConnect with Brianna:Instagram: @briannafattalTik tok: @briannafattal
87. 087: Seasons of Change: When Life Hasn’t Gone As Planned01:35:18Welcome back to the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with Brittney and Ranela! In this episode, we're talking all about navigating major transitions and the fear and grief that come with inevitable change, including big or unexpected changes in life that significantly impact our sense of self and overall mental health. Including:The mental blocks that keep us from moving forwardThe psychological fallacy of control Strategies for our mindset around changeSome practical tips to get you through that tough seasonAnd encouragement from our real-life experiences in these very distressing and sometimes devastating chapters of life.Connect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPod
85. 086: Polarization, Echo Chambers, and the Chasms that Divide Us with Kevin Willson01:00:51Welcome back to the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with Brittney and Ranela! In this episode, we're talking all about polarization, echo chambers, and how to practically bridge the chasms that divide us, so we can live in community, even amongst our differences. And we're conversating with our friend Kevin Wilson about:What is an “echo chamber”?The intertwining of identity and politics that lead to strong polarization.Some practical solutions to bridging divisive wounds within ourselves and within society.What can the way of chai can teach us about community, relationships, and healing deep societal wounds.Kevin Wilson is the digital/social media coordinator for Andrews University. He is passionate about helping people think meaningfully about life so that they can live their lives meaningfully. He attempts to do this virtually with a tribe of over 500K friends across social media through digital storytelling. His first book “The Way of Chai” is set to be released in the fall of 2023. Among other things, he is obsessed about the Way of Jesus, digital communication, and everything related to chai.Grab The Way of Chai on Amazon!: https://www.amazon.com/Way-Chai-Recipes-Meaningful-Life-ebook/dp/B0BSKPF69RConnect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPodConnect with Kevin Wilson:Instagram: @CrossCultureKevTikTok: @CrossCultureKevWebsite: https://www.thewayofchai.com/
85. 085: Unpacking Cancel Culture & the Nuance of Being Human with Michael Nelder01:15:11Welcome back to the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with Brittney and Ranela! In this episode, we're talking all about Unpacking Cancel Culture with our friend Michael Nelder, including:What is cancel culture and how has it come to rise in our society today- especially with the role of social media?The nuance of cancel culture - including the pros and cons.Some key distinctions that differentiate between cancel culture and genuine activism, accountability, or advocacy for social change.Recent examples of cancel culture in the world and in the church.The importance of storytelling and practical ways we can foster a culture of empathy and open dialogue in the age of cancel culture.Mr. Michael Nelder is a poet, an author, a podcaster, an entrepreneur, a speaker, and a coach. He founded and coined, a new artistic medium, [which he calls] Deep Word Poetry, a unique poetic medium that combines the creative expressiveness of Modern Poetry, the linguistic impact of Spoken Word, and the sobering wisdom of Stoic Philosophy.Michael also co-founded LikeU cards with a mission to create a platform that addresses cancel culture and bullying by fostering a community rooted in empathy, understanding, and shared experiences. In today's climate of opinions and divisiveness, he believes in bringing people together through storytelling and conversation to show them their similarities and draw them closer to one another.Grab LikeU Cards on Amazon!: https://amzn.to/46AbEIdConnect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPodConnect with Michael Nelder & LikeU Cards:Instagram: @MichaelNelderInstagram: @LikeUCardsWebsite: http://www.michaelnelder.com/LikeU Cards Website: https://likeucards.com/
84. 084: Approaching Conflict in a Polarized Culture with Ashley Abercrombie58:00Welcome back to the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with Brittney and Ranela! In this episode, we're talking all about Healthy Ways to Approach Conflict in a Polarized Culture with our friend Ashley Abercrombie, including:Are you conflict-avoidant or conflict-confronting?The role of shame, fear, and belonging in sticking to our tribes (us vs. them) that blinds us to othersUnity vs conformity among groupsEngaging in the intersections of faith and culture without using tactics of fear and controlThe importance of individuation- it's okay to be/think differently and hold your own values and convictions while integrating with others.Practical tips on engaging in conflict in a way that allows us to put humans firstBoundaries and rules of thumb for engaging in divisive topics onlineand more!Ashley Abercrombie is the author of Rise of the Truth Teller and Love Is the Resistance: Learn to Disagree, Resolve the Conflicts You’ve Been Avoiding and Create Real Change. For more than 15 years, she has worked in non-profit spaces, leading faith-based initiatives, serving as a prison chaplain and pastor, speaking at conferences, churches, and events. Ashley’s work and ideas are featured in Oprahmag.com, Scary Mommy, Relevant Magazine, Darling, Life Today, 100 Huntley Street, The Purpose Show and more. She is cohost of the hilarious and helpful podcast Why Tho, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and baby girl.Grab the book! Love is the Resistance: Learn to Disagree, Resolve the Conflicts You've Been Avoiding, and Create Real Change: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Resistance-Disagree-Conflicts-Avoiding/Connect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPodConnect with Ashley Abercrombie:Instagram: @ashabercrombieTik Tok: @heyashabercrombieWebsite: https://www.ashabercrombie.org/love-is-the-resistance
83. 083: Does Being “Culture-Blind” Actually Hurt or Help Us?01:20:29Welcome back to the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with Brittney Moses and Ranela Kaligithi!In this episode, we're talking all about being culturally competent humans. As we continue on the topic of how to be better humans in a polarized culture, part of un-polarizing things is seeing the fullness of other humans and ourselves, including all of the facets that make up who we are and thus shape the way we see the world which is gonna vary from person to person because of our different cultural upbringings. Cultural IntersectionalityHow ethnocentrism can lead to a superiority complexThe Doctrine of Discovery's Impact on Christianity vs. practicing a culturally sensitive faith in a diverse worldThe layers of cultural influences that affect us and our mental health (microsystems, mesosystems, macrosystems)The importance of cultural humility.When we take down the walls of separation, allow people to have value for simply BEING, and celebrate people as they are — we are doing something so powerful for ourselves: we’re learning how to accept ourselves just as we are too. Connect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPodFurther Resources: Building a Multiethnic Church: A Gospel Vision of Love, Grace, and Reconciliation in a Divided World by Dr. Derwin GreyReferences: Hook, Joshua & Davis, Don & Owen, Jesse & Worthington, Everett & Utsey, Shawn. (2013). Cultural Humility: Measuring Openness to Culturally Diverse Clients. Journal of counseling psychology. 60. 10.1037/a0032595. Triandis, Harry. (2018). Individualism and Collectivism.: http://184.108.40.206/faculty/warkentin/securitypapers/Merrill/Triandis2001_JOP69_6_Allocentrism.pdf
82. 082: The Psychology of Biases that Blind Us From Seeing Others01:20:18Welcome to the NEW season of the Speaking Our Minds Podcast with our new co-host Ranela Kaligithi!This episode is all about the psychology of biases- why they’re important, examples of common biases we fall into and how they effect us in real life and in the world at large. We're talking all about:Biases as mental shortcuts that help us make quick sense of the world. They serve us in the way that they quickly simplify information processing but they can also leave blindspots. How biases create walls of separation, “us vs. them” mentalities, or hinder us from truly knowing and accepting ourselves.The psychology of Confirmation bias, Availability Bias, and Confidence BiasThe importance of approaching life and others with curiosity and understandingSolutions for overcoming our natural biasesBiases are deeply rooted in our own framework of how we see the world because on our own way of thinking, experiences, upbringing, culture, etc. So because of this, we can all be biased in different ways when it comes to the information that we’re more likely to believe as true. Connect with us on social media for more:Podcast Instagram: @SpeakingOurMindsPodTik Tok: @SpeakingOurMindsPodFurther Resources:Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel KahnemanBlink by Malcolm Gladwell