Jimmy Moore Podcast: Diet and Mental Health

Jimmy Moore: diet and mental healthI had the honor of being a guest on Jimmy Moore’s acclaimed LivinLaVidaLowCarb podcast this week, where we discussed the critical connection between diet and mental health. Listen to our conversation here!

For anyone interested in learning more about the science behind low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets, I can’t recommend his podcast series enough. Jimmy has been interviewing nutrition experts about LCHF diets for years, providing an invaluable service to all of us. He’s the best in the business and his collection of conversations is unparalleled.

In this episode, we cover a LOT of ground:

  • Why your diet is the FIRST place to look if you are having mental health problems
  • The world’s first clinical trial of diet and depression, just published in January 2017
  • How refined carbohydrates affect brain chemistry and hormonal balance
  • Which fats are healthiest for the brain
  • Why Alzheimer’s Disease is called Type 3 Diabetes
  • The (lack of) evidence connecting red meat to cancer and other health problems
  • Why Paleo diets are healthier for us
  • And much more…

I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation. Please let me know what you think! There wasn’t enough time to go into depth about certain topics, so I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have below in the comments section.

Below are links to articles we discussed on the podcast:

World’s First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think

Diagnosis:Diet—Vegetables article

Bipolar Disorder and Diet Part II: Low Carbohydrate Diets

Diagnosis:Diet—Grains, Beans, Nuts, and Seeds article

WHO Says Meat Causes Cancer?

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  • Cyndi

    Just listened to it during my after dinner walk last night-
    good stuff; Thank you!

    • Hi Cyndi

      Thanks for listening–so glad you liked it! Have a great day~

  • charles grashow

    From the study

    A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the ‘SMILES’ trial)

    The primary focus was on increasing diet quality by supporting the consumption of the following 12 key food groups (recommended servings in brackets): whole grains (5–8 servings per day); vegetables (6 per day); fruit (3 per day), legumes (3–4 per week); low-fat and unsweetened dairy foods (2–3 per day); raw and unsalted nuts (1 per day); fish (at least 2 per week); lean red meats (3–4 per week) [32], chicken (2–3 per week); eggs (up to 6 per week); and olive oil (3 tablespoons per day), whilst reducing intake of ‘extras’ foods, such as sweets, refined cereals, fried food, fast-food, processed meats and sugary drinks (no more than 3 per week). Red or white wine consumption beyond 2 standard drinks per day and all other alcohol (e.g. spirits, beer) were included within the ‘extras’ food group. Individuals were advised to select red wine preferably and only drink with meals. The dietary composition of the ModiMedDiet was as follows: protein 18% of total energy (E); fat 40% of E; carbohydrates 37% of E; alcohol 2% of E; fibre/other 3% of E.

    What does this have to do with Jimmy Moore? This was NOT a low carb diet – unless you consider 37% carb to be low crab.

  • Alaric the Vis

    Excellent talk, Dr Ede. This is such an important subject. When I abandoned the low-fat diet, and ate natural fat without fear, my mental and physical health improved rapidly. I can’t explain it, but a slight tremor in my left hand disappeared within a week and has not returned in over two years.

    • Hello, Alaric the Vis

      Thank you very much for listening–your story is an important one and even though we may never understand exactly why you felt better and your tremor disappeared, what is most important is that your dietary change worked! Thanks for sharing your experience with us~

  • Yes, I completely agree, Charles. Again, I would refer you to my complete analysis of this study on Psychology Today.

    • charles grashow

      Read your analysis – disagree on one point – I don’t think the diet is high in cholesterol – look at the Encouraged foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, low-fat/ unsweetened dairy, raw unsalted nuts, lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and olive oil

  • George

    Awesome talk, listened to it several times. Please be his guest on his fasting show after you learn more about fasting, which I sure you will do soon if you haven’t already.

  • Cyndi

    Dr Ede~
    I suspect I may feel better with less vegetables… based on how I feel after high vegetable meals. I want to cut back on veggies and track how a I feel… do you have a list of possibly the most inflammatory vegetables? I’ve read your blog for a ccouple of years, and was tickled to hear your recent interview with Jimmy Moore!
    I’ve eaten clean LCHF for three years- dipping in and out of keto… so my adjustment to fueling myself nearly exclusively with protein and fat will not be a big leap.
    A range of specific vegetables that are possibly the most problematic to the least problematic would be really helpful- though I do plan to test for my personal tolerance.
    Thank you much~ Cyndi

    • Cyndi

      Ps- just wanted to clarify that I can glean from your writings your research and opinion on various vegetables; thank you for the explanations! Just asking if there is a guide or list of the most to least problematic vegetables that I may reference easily? Otherwise l’ll go through your writings again and compile the list myself. Thanks again- Cyndi

  • Bill Robinson

    Dr. Ede:
    You’re one of the interviewees:
    Many great interviews will be available for free,
    including Ivor Cummins, Eric Westman, Thomas
    Seyfried, Sarah Hallberg, Tim Noakes, among others.
    Here’s the link: http://lipedemaproject.org/
    Check out the great people they have interviewed.
    It’s free each day, starting April 19th.