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119. Food: What to Add vs What to Take Away

Fad diets generally focus on foods to ban from your plate. It's an approach that can lead to an effect we get into in this episode called the "what the hell effect." And it's spot-on. So, how can that effect be avoided? We'll highlight an approach that focuses not just on foods to add, but paying attention to how those foods add to your mental health. Be sure to take our Resilience Quiz and sign up for your free mini-course for ideas of foods to add. 


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Key moments:

 00:00 Introduction to Joy Lab Podcast
00:42 The Importance of Nourishing Food
01:25 The Problem with Restrictive Diets
02:03 Personal Journey and Philosophy on Nutrition
03:28 The Impact of Modern Food Choices
04:17 The Importance of Variety in Diet
06:02 The Psychology of Eating and Dieting
08:41 The Power of Positive Eating Habits
11:27 The Role of Diet in Mental Health
15:40 Key Factors in a Mood-Boosting Diet
17:35 Closing Thoughts and Future Topics
18:20 Podcast Wrap-up and Disclaimer


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Sources and Notes:

  • Polivy, J., & Herman, C. P. (2020). Overeating in Restrained and Unrestrained Eaters. Frontiers in nutrition, 7, 30. Access here. 
  • Crum, A. J., Corbin, W. R., Brownell, K. D., & Salovey, P. (2011). Mind over milkshakes: mindsets, not just nutrients, determine ghrelin response. Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 30(4), 424–431. Access here.
  • Related Joy Lab podcast episode: Your Unique Diet for Mental Health (Depression and Anxiety Coping Skills Podcourse)

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