Anxiety & Depression Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety With Psychiatrist Drew Ramsey By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on July 12, 2021 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Meet Dr. Drew Ramsey Why Dr. Drew Ramsey Is Mentally Strong What You’ll Hear on the Show What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength Quotes From Dr. Ramsey More About the Podcast Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Meet Dr. Drew Ramsey Drew Ramsey is a psychiatrist and a leader in nutritional psychiatry. He’s also an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He founded the Brain Food Clinic in New York City, a practice that offers treatment and consultation for depression, anxiety, and emotional wellness. The clinic incorporates nutrition and integrative psychiatry treatments coaching, medication management, and psychotherapy. He’s the author of four books on food and mental health including Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health, 50 Shades of Kale, The Happiness Diet, and Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety. Why Dr. Drew Ramsey Is Mentally Strong Many psychiatrists stick to prescribing medication. But, Dr. Ramsey recognizes the value of helping people make nutritional changes. He invests a lot of time and energy into studying diet and teaching people about how changing their diet can impact their mental health. He also ensures that the diet changes he recommends are do-able for everyone. The ingredients he suggests are affordable and readily available. What You’ll Hear on the Show The problem with telling people to “eat healthy”How your childhood experiences eating dinner likely impact you as an adultWhy Dr. Ramsey thinks I need to find more joy in food Why Dr. Ramsey says eating seafood is so importantThe most important nutrients your brain needs to combat depression and anxietyWhy vitamins don’t make up for a lack of nutrients in your dietHow dark chocolate can reduce your risk of depressionThe four foods you should start eating right now for better mental healthWhy changing your diet might work better than an antidepressant Foods to Help Fight Depression What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength Sometimes people mistakenly assume mental strength means treating your body like a machine. But pushing yourself to your physical limits and depriving yourself of basic needs won’t allow you to be your best. Becoming the strongest and best version of yourself often involves creating environmental changes and setting yourself up for success. Eating a nutritious diet can be a huge factor in building and maintaining mental strength. Not only might your diet help you ward off mental health issues, but it can help your brain function at its best, which is key to being mentally strong. It’s important to take care of your brain and your body if you want to be strong and healthy. Quotes From Dr. Ramsey Dr. Drew Ramsey I would ask that people become much more mindful every time they're raising their fork to their mouth and ask a really simple question, ‘Is this good for my brain?’ — Dr. Drew Ramsey "There are ways that we've really messed ourselves up with food, like the idea that food becomes punishment.""We are really prone to being misled about nutrition and then guided down a path that generally leads people to eat a lot of processed foods.""The little rhyme I tell people is, ‘seafood, greens, nuts, and beans.’""I want you to think about your brain as being more precious than your iPhone or your car. You wouldn't just throw some additive in a fancy car." More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Visit Dr. Ramsey’s website Buy Dr. Ramsey’s books Take Dr. Ramsey’s free brain food quiz Follow Dr. Ramsey on Instagram - @DrewRamseyMD Dietary Secrets to Stopping Alcohol Cravings with Addiction Specialist John Umhau 7 Ways to Boost Your Mood with Food Diet, Exercise, and Sleep Are the Pillars of Mental Health By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? 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