When we think of comfort food, gooey baked goods, hearty soups, and cheesy casseroles may come to mind. But ask nutritional psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, M.D., what foods he thinks can actually comfort our mental health, and the list becomes a bit—shall we say?—different.
"Nutritional psychiatry is how we can modify inflammation in the brain nutritionally," he tells me on this episode of the mindbodygreen podcast. "With that, we want the food categories with the most nutrients for brain health." And, sadly to say, those food categories don't usually include sweets.
Here are four ways to eat the nutritional psychiatry way, in order to help alleviate anxiety—because even after COVID-19 is behind us, optimizing our mental health still matters: