Having finished my psychiatry residency, I’ve been thinking about a lot of the factors that influence the outcomes of my former patients. And one of them, interestingly, is their eating habits.
I’ve been reading about how nutrition affects mental health, and I’ve stumbled across a few interesting articles. First, this article identifies just how you are what you eat. What you eat not only affects what vitamins you receive but also affects your neurotransmitters. Different foods affect your serotonin levels, which are associated with your reward center or feeling happy. When you cram in those diet sodas and the fast food, in the meantime you may feel content, but over the long haul, it’s actually detrimental to your mental health.
So I started digging. Since I’m a third-year student and spend all my time at the hospital, how do I maximize my own health? How do I help patients adjust to a healthy lifestyle? This 5-minute TED talk helped me understand why we eat different foods and how they contribute to our mental health.
What does this all mean? How can I keep a healthy schedule when I’m in the OR for most of the day? Here is a link to a bunch of healthy recipes that are meant for the busy medical student. I hope you do consider checking them out.
Any other nutritional advice or recipes you all have?