Faces of Nutritional Psychology Libary

The Faces of Nutritional Psychology is a collection of personal stories written by individuals who have experienced positive shifts in their psychological well-being and mental health in response to improving their dietary intake patterns. Collectively, these written stories inspire and encourage others to improve their own dietary patterns, and to improve their Diet-Mental Health Relationship. We invite you to share with the CNP Community how improvements in your own dietary intake have transformed your mood, behavior, and mental health.  Your story will be folded into the ongoing development of the field of Nutritional Psychology; it will help us advocate for future education and policy change, and deepen our collective understanding of how diet can be used to transform the way we feel.

CHELSEA’S STORY

I could drive myself crazy trying to understand the underlying mechanisms of my eating disorder. Whether my unhealthy relationship with food was a symptom or a cause of something greater, I’ll never quite be sure. To be honest, the distinction doesn’t really matter anymore. I’ve come to understand that life isn’t so much about digging into the past as it is about taking responsibility for the present. Still, it blows my mind that as it all began, when I was just a teenager, doctors kept trying to provide me with antidepressants instead of giving me an option that made me feel as if I was in control.

 Bulimia inhibited me in every way. It made me not trust myself. It made me isolate myself. It became an identity for me, and yet no one else knew the immense guilt and shame I was struggling with. My mood was all over the place. I think there’s a very odd relationship between bulimia and the reward circuits in the brain that no one really talks about. I started feeling as if my brain must be wired differently from others.

Eventually, I realized I needed help. And while I can’t deny the importance of social support, I ultimately knew that this was something I was going to have to do on my own. That’s when research on meditation emerged, and I was attracted to how it could be used to rewire and support my brain. I wanted to fix my problems from the inside out. Eventually in my search for research-backed answers, I came across the field of Nutritional Psychology. I was automatically intrigued, because this field intuitively made sense to me. I didn’t understand why no one one was talking about something as foundational as nutrition when it came to mental health. I wanted to fix the root cause of my mental health, and what better way to do that than by learning about what was actually happening in my body as I ate food?

 As I began to understand the mechanisms and metabolic processes underlying how food affects our neurotransmitters, I gained a sense of peace knowing that the food I ate could improve how I was feeling. I mean, it’s science. Learning about the importance of good nutrition has greatly impacted my ability to adapt and evolve. NP developed within me an intrinsic sense of purpose, and really helped me to change my behaviors and cement my recovery. Not only do the foods I consume now help me to live a happier, more fulfilled life, but eating this way — taking responsibility for my mental health in a way that I can control — has given me a greater respect for myself. I respect my brain and body more, I respect food more, I even respect my relationships more — because I know they matter. And as my energy isn’t sapped by the depression and anxiety that accompanied my eating disorder, I feel more connected in every sense — to myself, my purpose, and the world around me. I’m not saying I eat perfectly all of the time — far from it. But I am saying that through NP, I’ve learned to really understand the true value of food. Good nutrition elevates the human experience, and when you take control of your relationship with food, more than anything, you gain quality of life. 

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This is my personal story. Coming soon…

Faces of Nutritional Psychology Libary

The Faces of Nutritional Psychology is a collection of personal stories written by individuals who have experienced positive shifts in their psychological well-being and mental health in response to improving their dietary intake patterns. Collectively, these written stories inspire and encourage others to improve their own dietary patterns, and to improve their Diet-Mental Health Relationship. We invite you to share with the CNP Community how improvements in your own dietary intake have transformed your mood, behavior, and mental health.  Your story will be folded into the ongoing development of the field of Nutritional Psychology; it will help us advocate for future education and policy change, and deepen our collective understanding of how diet can be used to transform the way we feel.

CHELSEA’S STORY

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