I enjoy speaking about a wide variety of nutrition topics to all kinds of people, including general audiences, students, physicians, and scientists. If there is a specific question about nutrition and health that your audience would like me to address, and you do not see it listed below, I may be able to design a talk tailored to your group’s interests.
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My Upcoming Engagements
I am excited to announce that I will be presenting at the 2016 Physicians and Ancestral Health Retreat in Scottsdale, AZ in late January. My talk “Mood and Memory: How Sugar Affects Brain Chemistry” will explore how sugar affects stress hormone levels, contributing to anxiety and mood swings; how brain insulin resistance affects cognitive function and risk for dementia; and the potential role for ketogenic diets in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Recent Speaking Engagements:
Smith College. April 4, 2015. Northampton, MA. “Brain Food: How To Improve Your Mood, Memory and Concentration without Medications”
American Psychiatric Association. May 5, 2014, New York, NY. “Starvation, Ketosis, Sugar, and Gluten: Macronutrients and Mental Health”
Northeast College Counseling Center Directors’ Conference. March 10, 2014, Yale University, New Haven CT. “The Potential Role of Diet in the Rise of Mental Health Problems among College Students”
Smith College/Active Minds. December 4, 2013, Northampton MA. “The Impact of Nutrition on Mental Health”
Ancestral Health Symposium. August 16, 2013, Atlanta GA. “Brain Food: The Vital Connection between Diet and Mental Health”
Below are some examples of presentations I have given at medical conferences and community events over the past few years:
Pulling Apart the Pyramid: What are we really supposed to eat?
This presentation walks the audience through the risks and benefits of eating different types of foods. It is organized by familiar food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains/legumes/nuts/seeds, and meat/fish/poultry. This talk contains a lot of intriguing information about vegetables that audiences find surprising!
Hearts and Minds: The role of dietary carbohydrate in cardiac disease and mood disorders
When I recommend a high-protein, high-fat diet to patients with psychiatric concerns, my patients often ask: “What about my heart?” This talk explains what the heart and brain have in common and why they both need the same kind of nutritional care. It also includes an in-depth look at carbohydrates, cholesterol, and heart disease that helps people understand their blood test results in a new light.
Mystery Syndromes: Are Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome dietary illnesses?
This talk begins with my personal story of how I became interested in food and health, and how I was able to cure herself of a wide variety of confusing symptoms by making some rather unorthodox changes to my diet. I then explore the connection between food and mysterious modern health syndromes, including the latest research findings.
Nutrition Myths: Common misbeliefs about food and health
This talk explains why so much of what we are taught to believe about food and health is incorrect. Outdated, unsupported myths about food are replaced with interesting, practical information that people can use right away to improve their health.
Attention: Is your diet causing your ADHD?
This talk is designed to help people with ADHD who want to know how they can improve their symptoms without medications. For anyone who has ever wondered how food affects our ability to concentrate and be productive, this talk will explain how the chemistry of food affects the chemistry of the brain, including all of the latest research studies about the subject.
Food for Thought: The impact of nutrition on mental health
This talk reviews what is known about how diet affects familiar major mental health conditions: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia. The presentation includes helpful descriptions of how the chemistry of food affects the chemistry of the brain. As there is a recent surge of scientific interest in how the Western diet may be a factor in the rising rates of psychiatric disease, the latest research findings will be presented.
Little Shop of Horrors: The risks and benefits of eating plants
This talk asks the provocative question: Do we really need to eat our vegetables to be healthy? I present research about vegetables and health and discuss bioavailability of nutrients in plant foods. I also talk about the natural chemicals that plants use to defend themselves and how that impacts food sensitivities for some people.