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Exploring the Food and Mood Connection
January 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+0
The link between mental health and nutrition is an area of rapidly growing research. According to Frontiers in Psychology, there is a very close interaction between food, mood, and stress. Research also shows that certain mood states (like anxiety and depression) can negatively affect food choices and energy balance. Dietitians interested in working with clients who live with mental illnesses will benefit from this presentation as they begin to understand the link between nutrition and mental wellness. Research on the connection between dietary patterns and psychological well-being will be explored along with specific nutrients of concern (including omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and vitamin D) for those living with mental illnesses. Also covered in this presentation are resources to connect outpatient Dietitians with mental health professionals for continuity of care, targeted nutrition interventions supported by research, the effects of inflammation in the brain and gut as related to mental health, and the scope of practice for those interested in pursuing this necessary discipline.
Felicia Porrazza, MDA, RDN, LDN, CPT
Felicia is the owner and Registered Dietitian behind Porrazza Nutrition LLC. In addition to being a Dietitian, she is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and DSWI Health Coach with a Master’s Degree in Dietetics Administration. Outside of her business, she teaches nutrition at Bucks County Community College both online and face-to-face. Within Porrazza Nutrition LLC, she works primarily with clients to incorporate a plant-based style of eating for preventative health and disease management. Her specialty is in combining plant-based eating with fitness programming, specifically targeting strength-training.
MDA, RDN, LDN, CPT
-Masters in Dietetics Administration
-Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
-Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
-Certified Personal Trainer
-Master Certified Health Coach