CLEANING UP THE MENTAL MESS with Dr. Caroline Leaf
Episode #139: How to correctly use movement and exercise to defeat depression and loneliness, reduce worry, and eliminate anxiety with Dr. Kelly McGonigal

Episode #139: How to correctly use movement and exercise to defeat depression and loneliness, reduce worry, and eliminate anxiety with Dr. Kelly McGonigal

March 16, 2020

We all know that exercise is good for us, but did you know that movement changes us from the inside out, improving both our mental and physical health? In this episode I discuss the power of movement with bestselling author, research psychologist and lecturer at Stanford Dr. Kelly Mcgonigal, and how exercise can help defeat depression, anxiety, loneliness and shame, making us feel more connected with ourselves and with others. 

PLUS Kelly shares some great tips on how to get more movement and exercise at home and in your daily routine so you don't even have to go to a gym! 

Podcast Time Highlights

-2:39 What Kelly wants written on her tombstone

-4:25 How exercise helps heal depression and anxiety  

-9:11 Your brain on exercise

-13:20 How exercise makes you a nicer person 

-16:45 How movement connects us 

-21:00 Why all movement is good movement 

-25:00 How exercise helps us deal with toxic stress

-32:18 Hope molecules 

-37:44 Exercise and the gut microbiome

-44:00 How movement can help you love yourself 

-48:13 Exercise and imposter syndrome

 

Read the transcript and blog on this episode: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-correctly-use-movement-and-exercise-to-defeat-depression-and-loneliness-reduce-worry-and-eliminate-anxiety-with-dr-kelly-mcgonigal-the-extraordinary-link-between-mindful-movement-joy-and-human-connection

For more info on Dr. Kelly and to get her book visit: http://kellymcgonigal.com

 

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Additional resources:

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!) 

 

Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

-Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/

-Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf 

-Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

 

Dr. Leaf no longer runs a private practice or takes individual patients. If you are looking for a therapist we recommend BetterHelp, an online counseling platform that offers affordable and accessible mental health care tailored to your individual needs. Visit our sponsor here https://betterhelp.com/drleaf for more details and to find a therapist.

Episode #138: How to protect your mental & physical health during the Coronavirus pandemic + Tips to reduce anxiety, stress, and worry, PLUS what foods and herbs boost your immune system!

Episode #138: How to protect your mental & physical health during the Coronavirus pandemic + Tips to reduce anxiety, stress, and worry, PLUS what foods and herbs boost your immune system!

March 14, 2020

The world is currently riveted in fear of what is known as COVID-19, a new type of coronavirus that has put a lot of people at risk of getting ill or potentially dying. I understand that this situation can be frightening, and we should take all necessary precautions, following the WHO and CDC guidelines. We need to bring balance to the fear, because the fear can be more dangerous than the virus. In fact, fear-based stress and anxiety can and will weaken your immune system, the very thing that needs to be strong during a health crisis! 

In this special podcast episode I cover tips, techniques, and simple strategies to help protect and boost your mental and physical health during this pandemic. 

WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fhome%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html

 

Additional resources:

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

 

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

 

Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!) 

 

Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

-Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/

-Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

-Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

 

Dr. Leaf no longer runs a private practice or takes individual patients. If you are looking for a therapist we recommend BetterHelp, an online counseling platform that offers affordable and accessible mental health care tailored to your individual needs. Visit our sponsor here https://betterhelp.com/drleaf for more details and to find a therapist.

 

While we make every effort to broadcast correct information, we are learning about the virus in real time.  We welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors.  This podcast is not medical advice. If you are feeling unwell, contact a medical professional immediately. By listening to this podcast or reading this blog, you agree not to use this podcast or blog as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or others.

Episode #137: Simple Steps to Become Stress-Resilient & More Thick-Skinned + Tips On How to Help Your Children Develop Their Stress Tolerance with Bestselling Author Neil Pasricha

Episode #137: Simple Steps to Become Stress-Resilient & More Thick-Skinned + Tips On How to Help Your Children Develop Their Stress Tolerance with Bestselling Author Neil Pasricha

March 12, 2020

Life can be tough. You will fail at certain things. You will be stressed. Bad things will happen to you. People will disappoint you. But did you know that, despite all these things, life can be awesome? Yes, it is true! In this week’s blog and podcast, I talk with bestselling author and speaker Neil Pasricha about how we can all learn to be more stress-resilient and failure-proof, how life is still awesome even when things don’t go our way, and how we can teach our children to thrive in a world where change is inevitable.

 

Neil is no stranger to bad news. A number of years ago his first wife left him and his best friend committed suicide. To cope with his grief, he decided to start a blog called 1000 Awesome Things to cheer himself up, which focused on life’s simple pleasures. This blog soon became viral, was voted one of the best blogs in the world and led to Neil’s his first bestseller, The Book of Awesome, which focuses on how, despite the ups and downs of life, there is so much to be thankful for and amazed by every day.

 

Podcast Time Highlights:

-2:00 How Neil turned lemons into lemonade

-4:10 Why we don’t know how to fail

-10:45 How to tell yourself a different story

-16:51 Why the only way to get better is to get bad

-29:46 Why you should let your children fail

-39:11 Why you can’t have everything you want

-46:18 Why happiness, not success, comes first

-51:00 Why reading is good for your mental health

-56:55 Why multitasking is a myth

 

For more info on Neil and to get his books visit: https://www.neil.blog

And follow him on social media:

-Instagram: @neilpasricha

-Twitter: @NeilPasricha

-Facebook: @NeilPasricha

 

For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

 

Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)

 

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Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

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-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

 

Dr. Leaf no longer runs a private practice or takes individual patients. If you are looking for a therapist we recommend BetterHelp, an online counseling platform that offers affordable and accessible mental health care tailored to your individual needs. Visit our sponsor here https://betterhelp.com/drleaf for more details and to find a therapist.

Episode #136: Interview with Melissa Urban (Whole30 Co-Founder) on Addiction Recovery, Healing from Sexual Abuse, Dealing with Divorce, and Why She Started Whole30

Episode #136: Interview with Melissa Urban (Whole30 Co-Founder) on Addiction Recovery, Healing from Sexual Abuse, Dealing with Divorce, and Why She Started Whole30

March 8, 2020

In this podcast I interview the incredible creator and founder of Whole30 and bestselling author, Melissa Urban, on her health journey, dealing with trauma, how to recover from addiction, how to help someone who is battling with depression and much more!

 

Melissa didn’t just wake up on day and decide to found the Whole30 movement. Her journey to health was a long one: even though she grew up in a good home, she was sexually abused by a family member as a teenager. To suppress the trauma, she turned to drugs, and what started off as a distraction soon became an addiction. She tried to hold in her pain, and started self-destructing internally—trauma and pain cannot be suppressed, and will manifest in other areas of our lives if we do not embrace, acknowledge and deal with the hard stuff in life. 

 

Podcast Time Highlights:

 

2:34 What inspired the Whole30 movement?

 

4:08, 43:00 How community lays the foundation for true success

 

6:00, 8:08 How Melissa overcame her drug addiction

 

19:08 How we are not defined by any one part of our story

 

20:42 How to heal from divorce

 

27:11 Why is mental health so important? 

 

31:06 How to help someone who is depressed and suicidal

 

39:40 Is there such a thing as work-life balance?

 

41:31 Melissa’s spiritual journey

 

43:00 What is it like to run Whole30?

 

47:55 Melissa’s favorite foods and recipes

 

50:21 How to deal with negative criticism and feedback 

 

53:42 Are there any wellness trends we should avoid?

 
Whole30 program: whole30.com
 
instagram, twitter, and facebook: @whole30
 
Whole30 books: whole30.com/books
 
Melissa's personal instagram: @melissau  
 
Melissa's AMAZING podcast: whole30.com/podcast
 
 
For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:
 
Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
 
Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
 
Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
 
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Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

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Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

Dr. Leaf no longer runs a private practice or takes individual patients. If you are looking for a therapist we recommend BetterHelp, an online counseling platform that offers affordable and accessible mental health care tailored to your individual needs. Visit our sponsor here https://betterhelp.com/drleaf for more details and to find a therapist.

Episode #135: The Anti-Anxiety Diet, how to heal hormonal imbalances and recover from adrenal fatigue, nature’s prozac, what supplements you should be taking and more with RD Ali Miller

Episode #135: The Anti-Anxiety Diet, how to heal hormonal imbalances and recover from adrenal fatigue, nature’s prozac, what supplements you should be taking and more with RD Ali Miller

March 5, 2020

There is so much to be anxious about these days, including what to eat. But did you know that there is a way of eating that can actually help reduce the level of anxiety you experience on a day-to-day basis? In this week’s podcast, I discuss the anti-anxiety diet with RD Alie Miller, how you can balance your hormones and reset your adrenals, and how to heal the brain and body by changing what you eat! We also discuss the best way for women to do keto, and how probiotics are nature's prozac!

 

Allie is an integrative functional medicine practitioner and bestselling author. She focuses on functional medicine, that is looking at the body from a holistic standpoint and helping people achieve and maintain optimal mental and physical health. She is known as the “body’s detective”, and has made it her life’s work to find the root causes of the chronic conditions many people today battle with.

 

Podcast Time Highlights:

2:16 How Allie become the “body detective”

5:00 Why stress is the Achilles’ heel of whole body wellness

8:30 The epidemic of childhood obesity and behavioral issues

11:16 The anti-anxiety diet

14:47 Rebalancing neurotransmitters starts in the microbiome 2

1:50 Rebounding adrenal health

24:33 Hot flashes, PCOS and the truth about women and hormones

31:00 The best way to do keto

47:33 Probiotics are nature’s Prozac

53:56 Hormone replacement therapy: is it safe?

56:20 Are supplements bad for us?

For more on Ali and to get her books visit: www.alimillerRD.com

https://www.alimillerrd.com/product/the-anti-anxiety-diet-cookbook/

https://www.alimillerrd.com/product/the-anti-anxiety-diet-book/

https://www.alimillerrd.com/product-category/all-supplements/

https://www.alimillerrd.com/product/adrenal-rehab-class/

Follow her on instagram and facebook: @alimillerrd

 

For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

 

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

 

Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)

 

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If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

 

Dr. Leaf no longer runs a private practice or takes individual patients. If you are looking for a therapist we recommend BetterHelp, an online counseling platform that offers affordable and accessible mental health care tailored to your individual needs. Visit our sponsor here https://betterhelp.com/drleaf for more details and to find a therapist.

Episode #134: Interview with Sex Therapist Emily Morse on Tips to Help Spice Up Your Sex Life, How to Talk to Children About Sex, and How to Recover from Sexual Trauma

Episode #134: Interview with Sex Therapist Emily Morse on Tips to Help Spice Up Your Sex Life, How to Talk to Children About Sex, and How to Recover from Sexual Trauma

March 1, 2020

Sex is a major part of life, whether we want to talk about it or not. It is also an important part of our mental health—good thinking means good sex, and vice versa. In fact, great sex is great for our brain health; it boosts our longevity, happiness, intelligence, or ability to form deep and meaningful connection, and our mental resilience, while, orgasms, whether they occur in a relationship or not, have many health benefits, include stress relief and better skin!

 

In this podcast I discuss why sex is such an important part of our mental and physical health, how to spice up your sex life and improve your relationship, how to recover from sexual trauma and how to become comfortable with your own sexuality with sex therapist Emily Morse, author, Doctor of Human Sexuality and host of the SiriusXM Radio show and podcast of the same name, Sex With Emily. Emily has made it her life’s work to help people have great sex. As she says, life is too short for bad sex, as it is such an important part of our daily life and our overall mental and physical wellbeing. Indeed, many people spend a large part of their day thinking about sex! This is why it is so important that people of all ages learn how to love themselves and get comfortable with their own sexual needs and desires, to not only improve their own sexual wellbeing but also their relationships.

For more info on Dr. Emily and her podcast (I highly recommend listening if you have more specific questions!) visit: http://sexwithemily.com

Podcast Time Highlights:

5:12 Why Emily loves talking about great sex 

 

7:00 What makes sex bad?

 

8:00 How to recover and heal from a sexual trauma 

 

15:20 The penetration myth

 

16:30 Why women are like slow-cookers, and men are like frying pans

 

17:18 Good communication is a lubricant 

 

22:28 How to talk to your children about sex

 

26:54 Why our society is dominated by male sexual pleasure, and what you can do about it

 

28:02 Why great sex is great for the brain

 

28:30 Are we in a sex recession?

 

37:42 Why many women find sex painful 

 

43:00 Dangerous sex myths 

 

46:50 What to do when your partner cheats on you

 

50:00 Is porn good for us?

 

53:40 How sex connects us

 

For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:

 

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

 

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

 

Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)

 

 

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Blinkist (the best app to help you get more reading done and build your brain!): To get your free week on Blinkist AND 25% off your subscription see: https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess

 

LOLA (my favorite go to company for the best quality tampons and pads!): To get 30% off your LOLA feminine products $5 Trial Set today visit https://www.mylola.com/ and enter DRLEAF at checkout. 

 

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Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

 

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Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

 

In this podcast, we discuss the topic of pornography. Any sex act that supports human trafficking or the exploitation of men or women is wrong, and no one should seek to gain pleasure from watching those acts, even if they are doing so as a couple. Men and woman who want to use erotic, fictional sex scenes to arouse their desire for each other should use resources that do not exploit humans, such as reading an erotic romance novel aloud together or watching a TV show with romantic sex scenes like Outlander. As we mentioned in the podcast, watching sex acts can be harmful to any relationship when it becomes become addictive.

Episode #133: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome, Defeat Self-Doubt, Boost Your Self-Confidence, and Deal with Past Hurt and Rejection with master coach Kara Loewentheil

Episode #133: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome, Defeat Self-Doubt, Boost Your Self-Confidence, and Deal with Past Hurt and Rejection with master coach Kara Loewentheil

February 27, 2020

In this episode I interview master life coach Kara Loewentheil on how to overcome imposter syndrome, defeat self-doubt, boost your self-confidence, and deal with past hurt and rejection. Kara gives some great tips on how to "unf*ck your brain!"

Kara Loewentheil is a Master Certified Coach with a B.A. from Yale and J.D. from Harvard Law. In the last three years after pivoting from a legal career, she has grown her life coaching business from 0 to 7 figures. She's the host of the iTunes top-rated self-help podcast Unf*ck Your Brain which has been downloaded over 5M times, and she has been featured in outlets like Marie Claire, Mind Body Green, MSN.com, and The Huffington Post. Kara lives in New York City.

Learn more about Kara and her podcast at unfckyourbrain.com and find her on social media @karaloewentheil!

Podcast Time Highlights:

2:45 How Kara went from practicing law to deprogramming the patriarchy

5:40 How perfectionism stops us from reaching our goals

7:51 Shutting up your inner critic 

11:55 Why faking it till you make it is fake news

15:00 How to make your thinking 10% less worse

20:00-22:51 How women are taught to have imposter syndrome about almost everything

34:20 Why forgiveness is necessary for your mental health

46:34 Are you results entitled?

51:55 Why we overestimate how change works, and underestimate the power of true change

 

For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:

 

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

 

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

 

Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)

 

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Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

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-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

Episode #132: How to recover from disordered eating + tips on overcoming guilt, shame, and perfectionism with therapist Megan Bruneau

Episode #132: How to recover from disordered eating + tips on overcoming guilt, shame, and perfectionism with therapist Megan Bruneau

February 23, 2020

We have all experienced shame before: the feeling that we are not enough, or that we do not live up to certain standards or ideals. But what happens when this shame spirals out of control? What happens when it overtakes our life, and affects the way we think and behave?

In this week’s podcast I speak with Megan Bruneau, a psychologist and registered counselor who specializes in crisis support, compassion-based therapy and executive coaching, about the problem of shame, learning how to love yourself despite your imperfections, how to help someone with an eating disorder, the danger of medicalizing normal human emotions and why positive affirmations often fail. 

Megan has been featured on national television programs like Good Morning America and The T.D. Jakes Show) and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and Forbes. Using both her personal and professional experience, her goal is to teach people to face and learn to live with their imperfections and be kinder to themselves. As Megan says, we are all a journey, and we are all worthy of being loved, and there is room for both joy and sorrow in life. You don’t have to wait till you feel happy or look a certain way or have a particular life or succeed at something to feel like you belong and that you matter, because you are worthy, right here, right now. 

Megan’s website: https://meganbruneau.com

Follow Megan on social media:
 
 

Podcast Time Highlights:

3:00 Megan’s background and her personal battle with perfectionism and shame

5:30 Why positive affirmations don’t work

10:18 Why the happiness industry is dangerous

12:43 Why we need to deal with difficult emotions

20:00 What are some of the major issues we face today?

25:00 How to heal eating disorders

54:45 The importance of self-compassion and purpose 

 

For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)

 

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If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

 

Disclaimer: The information offered in Dr. Leaf's books and materials are intended to serve as guidelines for managing toxic thoughts, emotions, and bodies and not as a replacement for professional medical advice. Please discuss specific symptoms and medical conditions with your doctor. Any use of this information is at the user’s discretion. Switch On Your Brain, LLC and the author make no representations or warranties that any individual will achieve a particular result. Any and all express or implied warranties, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are disclaimed. Switch On Your Brain, LLC and the author specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained in these materials. Dr. Leaf is not a medical doctor, and nothing on this page should be seen as individual medical advice. She is a researcher and cognitive (mind) scientist, and this page is meant to be informational and encouraging in a general sense, and is based off Dr. Leaf's self-help products (see store.drleaf.com). If you are considering withdrawing from any medication, please do so under the guidance of a professional as withdrawal can be a dangerous process. If you have a medical matter or emergency, please contact a local medical professional immediately.

Episode #131: What to eat & what not to eat for optimal mental and brain health according to nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede

Episode #131: What to eat & what not to eat for optimal mental and brain health according to nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede

February 20, 2020

In this podcast I talk to Harvard-trained nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede about how certain diets can affect our mental wellbeing, what foods help the brain function best, and what foods to avoid if we want to heal and improve our mental and physical health. Dr. Ede, in both her personal life and practice, has found that making certain lifestyle modifications can help treat major mental health issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Through her research, she has found that nutrition can help heal and restore brain function, empowering people to take back control over their mental state and their lives, without the stigma and negative side-effects so common to pharmacological treatments for mental distress.

For more on Dr. Ede visit: https://www.diagnosisdiet.com

Highlights from this episode:

4:13-How Dr. Ede changed the way she treated mental health

5:53-How nutrition affects mental health

8:16-What is mental ill-health, and how can food help?

9:00-Food myths, and the best way to eat for a healthy body and mind

18:35-Is there one diet that works for everyone?

24:00-How nutrition has changed her patients’ lives

31:32-The biggest obstacles to nutrition and mental health

43:00-Health and wellness trends to be careful of

44:00-What we need to know about going plant-based

49:40-How to do keto correctly

 

For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

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Get my book Think and Eat Yourself Smart: https://drleaf.com/collections/all/products/think-eat-yourself-smart

Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)

 

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

 

Disclaimer: The information offered in Dr. Leaf's books and materials are intended to serve as guidelines for managing toxic thoughts, emotions, and bodies and not as a replacement for professional medical advice. Please discuss specific symptoms and medical conditions with your doctor. Any use of this information is at the user’s discretion. Switch On Your Brain, LLC and the author make no representations or warranties that any individual will achieve a particular result. Any and all express or implied warranties, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are disclaimed. Switch On Your Brain, LLC and the author specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained in these materials. Dr. Leaf is not a medical doctor, and nothing on this page should be seen as individual medical advice. She is a researcher and cognitive (mind) scientist, and this page is meant to be informational and encouraging in a general sense, and is based off Dr. Leaf's self-help products (see store.drleaf.com). If you are considering withdrawing from any medication, please do so under the guidance of a professional as withdrawal can be a dangerous process. If you have a medical matter or emergency, please contact a local medical professional immediately.

Episode #130: Interview with happiness expert Gretchen Rubin on strategies for managing day-to-day anxiety + Myths about happiness, and tips to help you get more reading done

Episode #130: Interview with happiness expert Gretchen Rubin on strategies for managing day-to-day anxiety + Myths about happiness, and tips to help you get more reading done

February 17, 2020

In this episode I interview New York Times Bestselling author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin on what happiness is, how we can achieve sustainable happiness in our lives, dangerous myths about happiness, essential strategies for managing anxiety, stress, and worry, how to get more reading done, and more!

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. In her work, she draws from cutting-edge science, the wisdom of the ages, lessons from popular culture, and her own experiences to explore how we can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.

Podcast highlights:

-5:24 Gretchen Rubin’s background 

-6:54 What is happiness? And myths about happiness

-7:51 Why we all have to figure out our own happiness project 

-10:00 The importance of relationships & how to build healthy, strong and sustainable relationships 

-14:02 Common barriers to happiness

-21:42 How to form healthy habits

-25:41 Anxiety and stress busting tips

-39:55 How to stay focused and get more reading done 

-45:30 What drifting is and how to stop being a "drifter"

 

For more on Gretchen visit: https://gretchenrubin.com

 

For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:

Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app

Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com

Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

 

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com