Dec 30, 2023Uma Naidoo


I love bringing you the latest in Nutritional Psychiatry each week to boost your overall well-being. This week, I need your help to spread the word about my new book, Calm Your Mind with Food, a revolutionary full-body approach to relieving anxiety, including anti-anxiety recipes and meal plan guidelines. 

Here’s why it matters: I have devoted my life to making nutrition and mental health education resources available for everyone. A book is the perfect, low-barrier entry point for many to be introduced to the ideas of Nutritional Psychiatry. In the United States, books that launch to the New York Times bestseller list get an extra boost of staying power, meaning more people will be exposed to the book and its ideas, further spreading the message of Nutritional Psychiatry. 

The best shot at the bestseller list is always the first week the book is on-sale, i.e. right now! If you are considering purchasing the book, but haven’t done it yet, make sure to buy your copy before midnight EST on Saturday, December 30th, to help the book have its best chance at the bestseller list, and to help spread my message of accessible mental health support to the world.

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MOOD FOOD of the Week: Avocados

Mood: Anxiety

Food: Avocados

Research has shown that avocados can help calm the mind because…

  • Loaded with healthy fats like omega-3’s and monounsaturated fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation caused by free radicals that can contribute to stress.
  • Rich in fiber which feeds the good bacteria in the gut and regulates neurotransmitter function for reduced anxiety.
  • Excellent source of magnesium, a nutrient that helps to nourish and calm the central nervous system.


How to add this MOOD FOOD to your diet:

Avocados are surprisingly a FRUIT that can be added to meals in so many ways! Their creamy texture makes them easy to mash into dips like guacamole or puree into a creamy dressing for salads or roasted veggies. You can slice it to top off a chili or add it to lettuce wraps with your favorite clean proteins. I also suggest dicing avocado and enjoying it with eggs for a brain healthy start to the day, add it to a green smoothie or even eat it plain with a drizzle of EVOO and a sprinkle of sea salt. On the sweeter side try my recipe for ‘Calm Chocolate Mousse’ on page 263 of my new book, Calm Your Mind With Food, available now wherever books are sold! 

How to buy avocados:

Avocados can typically be found wherever you shop for your fruits and veggies like supermarkets or farmers markets! It's important to be mindful of avocados' ripeness when you buy them as they ripen over a few days and can go bad quickly. Consider when you want to enjoy them and, if that's soon, pick a soft avocado!

Wishing you a joyful & calm week,

Dr. Uma Naidoo, MD



Well+Good: Eating foods that decrease gut inflammation is an effective way to boost your mood! Learn more here.

Keeping It Real with Jillian Michaels: Check out this podcast where I talk with Jillian Michaels about the worst offending foods and added ingredients that exacerbate anxiety and depression, as well as the most powerful foods and nutrients to optimize focus, contentment, and calm. Plus, top foods to boost libido!

5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Eat For A Younger, Healthier Brain: This week on mindbodygreen, take a look at this list of the top five "anti-aging" foods I recommend to help protect your brain from damage over time. 

Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta: I join CNN’s Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on his podcast to talk about how to build a strong brain and keep it sharp. Listen in here

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