Like many other medical professionals, Ede also believes our society has an unhealthy tendency to eat way too often. She’s a proponent for intermittent fasting, as (like keto) it can reduce insulin and blood glucose levels, which as we now know, has significant effects on our brain health.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone—and it’s important to take mental health into account.
“Intermittent fasting can, for some people who are prone to perfectionistic tendencies, trigger some competitive instincts,” she says.
That said, there’s a difference between sticking to a fast and ignoring your hunger pains in an unhealthy way. It’s always best to consult with a professional before starting any restrictive diet to discuss not only your physical health but mental health as well.
Keeping all of Ede’s tips in mind can help keep your anxiety, mood, and energy levels stabilized. But her biggest piece of advice for how to eat for optimal mental health? Cut out the processed foods, and you’re golden.
“If you’re eating whole foods, and you’re not eating junk food, that takes care of most of the problem,” she notes.
So, if you needed some inspiration to throw away your manufactured snacks and processed pastries, consider this your sign, straight from a nutritional psychiatrist herself.