Nutrition and Mental Health (Part 5): The MIND Diet and More with RD Christina Seely

In this episode, we continue to explore the link between nutrition and mental health with Christina Seely, a clinical inpatient dietitian at the Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario.

Christina gives us a glimpse into what a day on the job is like for a dietitian working with mental health patients. She shares challenges that arise when encouraging people to eat healthy, and why finances are so important for promoting mental health and nutrition. She also discusses the famous “MIND diet” and which foods are best for both preventing and treating mental health conditions.

Christina Seely, RD CDE has been a clinical inpatient dietitian for Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care for over 10 years and was the 2017 recipient of a professional practice award for Excellence in Innovation and Evidence-Based Care from St. Joseph’s Health Care. She is a contributing author to two Dietitians of Canada position papers: “Promoting Mental Health through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care” and “Addressing Household Food Insecurity in Canada”.

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5 thoughts on “Nutrition and Mental Health (Part 5): The MIND Diet and More with RD Christina Seely”

  1. Hi is it possible to get a copy of the transcript of this interview. What she speaks of is so valuable. She has done her research.
    Ruth Potvin

    1. Unfortunately we aren’t able to offer podcast transcripts at this time, but that’s a service we may look into in the future!

  2. Current research in psychoneuroimmunology and brain biochemistry indicates the possibility of communication pathways that can provide a clearer understanding of the association between nutritional intake, central nervous system, and immune function thereby influencing an individual’s psychological health status. These findings may lead to greater acceptance of the therapeutic value of dietary intervention among health practitioners and health care providers addressing depression and other psychological disorders.

    1. Unfortunately we can’t give out her contact information without her permission, but if you call the Parkwood Institute at St Joseph’s Hospital (519-646-6100), they can put you in touch with her. Hope you get your questions answered!

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