Category Archive: Nutrition & Mental Health

Jan 12

National Obesity Awareness Week

Eating disorders are about feelings, not about food

This week is National Obesity Awareness Week, so it seemed appropriate to talk a little about obesity and separate fact from fiction.  I’m probably going to be a little controversial here; as an obese person myself I’ve certainly had time and opportunity to formulate my own views. What is Obesity? The NHS defines an obese …

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Feb 25

Suppressed Emotions: What’s the Message in YOUR Bottle?

Message in a bottle saying 'I'm lost'.

Suppressed emotions could be bad for your health in more ways than one, and it seems that we Brits still value our stiff upper lip.  A survey published in ‘The Telegraph’ yesterday, and conducted by the Samaritans, suggests that British people are uncomfortable about discussing personal difficulties.  Of those surveyed, only 23.5% agreed with the statement, …

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Sep 22

Mitochondria and Mental Health Part 3: Co-Existing with Coenzyme-Q10

Try cauliflower or broccoli instead of rice, or use them as a base for veggie burgers.

Co-Enzyme Q10 – What’s that? Co-Enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) is an antioxidant, which may work to protect the membranes of mitochondria (1) and regulate the way they produce energy (2), as well as reducing the production of inflammatory chemicals (1).  Additionally, it may contribute to the body being better able to make serotonin (3), one of …

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Sep 21

Mitochondria and Mental Health Part 2: The Creatine Connection

Even the most dedicated sushi-lover may find obtaining creatine from diet alone a challenge!

This was meant to be the last of my posts on mitochondria and mental health, but my much-loved computer is something of a dinosaur.  Result: research takes far longer than it should.  Then I got so interested that the post grew much too long.  Therefore I will split it into 3 parts, with a different …

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Sep 18

Empower Your Workforce! Mitochondria and Mental Health – Part 1

Mitochondria have many functions besides energy production.  They even have their own DNA.

This is Part 1 of a 2-part post.  Part 2 is coming on Sunday afternoon, so come back then for more! Last week I attended a conference on nutrition and mental health. One of the most exciting areas we explored is the role that mitochondria play in mental wellbeing. Mitochondria?  What are those? Mitochondria are …

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Sep 08

Eat Yourself Happy?

Happy lady eating salad.

Depression is misery. I am not talking about feeling unhappy, although that’s no fun either.  I am talking about overwhelming feelings of utter despair and hopelessness and the fervent wish to end it all.  If you know what I’m talking about, I feel deeply for you, and hope that there is light at the end …

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