Unprocessed: How the food we eat is fuelling our mental health crisis
Kimberley Wilson CPsychol
Tuesday 11 April 2023 20:00–21:00 BST
Good mental health starts with good brain health. Good brain health starts with healthy, optimal brain development. Healthy brain developments starts with pre-conception nutrition. In this MyNutriBookClub, we’ll read and review the book, ‘Unprocessed: How the Food We Eat is Fuelling our Mental Health Crisis’ written by Chartered psychologist and nutritionist, Kimberley Wilson.
We all know that as a nation our mental health is in crisis. But a critical ingredient in this debate is being ignored. Nutrition has more influence on what we feel, who we become and how we behave than we could imagine. It affects everything from our decision-making, mood and intelligence to aggression and violence.
Certain nutrients are essential for healthy brain development, but nutritional deficiencies in these nutrients is incredibly common. What effect are these common nutritional deficiencies having on brain development, child IQ, neurodevelopmental disorder risk, and how do social factors like food insecurity and wealth inequality play a role?
This eye-opening and impassioned book not only raises awareness of the known links between diet, brain, behaviour, and mental health, but also calls on those in positions of power to finally act.
We’ll be hosting a live, interactive session on 11th April, 8-9PM to discuss the book and highlight key learnings for practice, followed by a live Q&A with the author, Kimberley Wilson.
Gain understanding of
- The key nutrients required for healthy brain development
- The population levels of deficiency/insufficiency of these nutrients
- The link between in utero/childhood malnutrition and the cycle of poverty
Be aware of
- The lack of evidence for pregnancy nutrition recommendations
- The link between nutrition and child IQ
- The superior outcomes (compared to medication) of nutritional and lifestyle interventions for lowing neurodegeneration and cognitive decline
Be able to
- Use this knowledge to advocate for better childhood nutrition
- Support patients make nutritional choices to support brain health across the lifespan
- Identify potential gaps in patient nutrition as it relates to brain health
Kimberley Wilson CPsychol
Chartered Psychologist & Nutritionist
Kimberley Wilson is a Chartered Psychologist, Nutritionist and author working in private practice. As a dual-trained clinician, Kimberley promotes an integrated ‘whole body’ approach to mental health concerns. She’s a former Governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Training Committee in Counselling Psychology.
Kimberly hosts Stronger Minds, a podcast on topics such as food, lifestyle, psychology and mental health, and co-hosts Radio 4’s health science podcast, Made of Stronger Stuff.
Registered Associate Nutritionist
Holly is a Registered Associate Nutritionist with a Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield. After graduating, Holly started her career at the British Nutrition Foundation as their Nutrition Intern. Following this, Holly joined Quorn Foods at their Health and Nutrition Communications Officer where she gained valuable insight into the food industry and was able to develop her skills in healthcare professional marketing. Now at Benecol, Holly is the Science Communications and Nutrition Manager responsible for all global scientific messaging and key partnerships that further strengthen the science of plant stanols and cholesterol-lowering functional foods.
In 2020, Holly set up the Health & Nutrition Book Club which gained significant interest amongst fellow healthcare professionals and led to Holly gaining a nomination for the Caroline Walker Trust’s Nutritionist of the Year 2020.
Corrine Toyn is a Registered Dietitian and founder of Chickpea Marketing, a freelance marketing and nutrition consultancy on a mission to drive the growth of health-focused food and drink brands.
Corrine aims to use her dietetic expertise to understand the nutritional challenges of target audiences and create tailored marketing solutions that demonstrate brand value whilst nourishing with purpose.
Starting her career as Dietitian at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Corrine has since worked in the food and drink industry for 5 years across communications, trends and marketing, previously working for companies such as Abbott, M&S and Raisio Group (Benecol).
Corrine is passionate about raising the profile of dietitians and nutritionists in the food and drink industry and has recently been appointed Chair of the BDA Industry Specialist Group launching this year. Corrine hopes the group will provide a source of peer support and networking for dietitians wanting to pursue industry related roles.
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