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Dr. Uma Naidoo

How Diet Affects Your Physical & Mental Health


We all have our vices when it comes to nutrition. For me, I crave a good donut every now and then. And the fact that the food industry at large has made their products so addicting doesn’t help much either. 

Cravings like this are natural, and it’s okay to splurge here and there – but if you really want to see the results of long-lasting health, then an impeccable diet is a crucial starting point. And through many conversations with some of the world’s top nutrition experts, I’ve learned the key to a great diet lasting for the long run comes down to mindset shifts, an overall dedication to health, and occasionally “hacking” our brains for good.

But where do we start? How can we make our brains crave less of the bad foods and hunger for more of the food that will benefit us? My guest today is going to show us where to start! Her name is Dr. Uma Naidoo – she’s a Harvard-trained nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef, and best-selling author (talk about a resume!). 

During our conversation, she shares the keys to developing lifelong healthy nutritional habits, the foods we should avoid at all costs, how our brains interact with the foods we eat, and so much more. And now, help me give a warm welcome to the one-and-only, Dr. Uma Naidoo, to The School of Greatness!

“Spices are the magic in your kitchen cabinet that will help your mental health.” @drumanaidoo  

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 best selling 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 sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others.

If you’re ready to set your body and brain up for long-term success with the foods you eat, then this episode is for you. I really hope you gain as much value from it as I did. And now, please join me for Episode 1,214!

“If you’re taking care of your gut health, you’re taking care of your physical and mental health.” @drumanaidoo  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Are there benefits if you eat good and bad foods at the same time?
  • What are the effects of fruit?
  • Why are antioxidants so powerful?
  • Can you over-do certain food groups?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The best and worst foods for your health.
  • The benefits and negative effects of different types of foods.
  • How to optimize your brain health.
  • How to develop strong nutritional habits and drop the unhealthy habits.
  • Plus much more…

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