(Infographic) The Nutrition of Mental Health

brain-foodLast year, my wife and I read The Happiness Diet by Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey. The book was pretty good, and since reading it we have been much more conscious about eating the right foods to feed our brains. All of the changes we’ve made as a result have been simple, and most of them have been delicious! We eat a lot of smoothies, and a few simple additions to our regular recipes have been keeping our brains pretty happy.

Honestly, if you’re already on-board with eating an organic whole foods diet – there probably isn’t anything here that’s going to shock you. The gist of the book is to avoid processed foods, mind your minerals, avoid refined sugars, eat really good meat, and so on. But there is a wealth of information about various vitamins and minerals, and exactly why they’re needed by your body and brain.

I came across this infographic that has similar information, neatly condensed for a quick read, and I thought I’d pass it along. Take a look, and see if there’s an easy change you can make in your own diet that might help you get your brain in better shape.

This just might help you get through next Monday with a smile on your face…


Many thanks to www.bestmastersincounseling.com for sharing this free resource. You can see the original posting here.

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  • Linda says:

    I really appreciate this article and want to take more time to read through it. Is there a way I can save it to my computer? Thank you

    1. Michael Ford says:

      Hi Linda – You should be able to save the image to your computer. Or you can use the “PrintFriendly” feature that’s included in the social networking buttons right at the bottom of the post. Thanks!

  • Lynn says:


    You have some really good tips here! However, I would like to make a couple of comments. First, whole grains (especially wheat) and soy have been so inundated with GMOs that unless you grow your own, and you know the seeds have not been contaminated with Monsanto products, I’m not so sure eating these is healthy.

    The other point is fish…especially cold-water fish such as the ones you mentioned, that usually come out of the Pacific. Read up on Fukushima and what it is doing to the fish and seaweed. Eating these fish is a REAL danger. Especially tuna. Tuna eats smaller fish, which builds up and causes bioaccumulation of radiation and other toxins that are prevalent in the ocean. I love tuna and miss it very much, but I will never eat it again. Have you seen the pictures of the fish coming out of the Pacific? The are full of sores, abscesses, and birth defects. I would never recommend eating fish anymore. Farmed fish is also horrific. They live in crowded pools and eat GMO contaminated feed that also full of antibiotics and hormones.
    Ugh…Fish and shellfish is FOREVER off my plate.

    Look at some YouTube videos of some of the fish coming out of the Pacific. Look at what is STILL going on (and getting worse) in Fukushima. The main stream media is ignoring this catastrophe. It is literally killing the Pacific. Many fish are just GONE. Mammals such as otters, seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales are sick and or dying. Birth defects are rampant. many calves are born dead or die soon after. Invertebrates are dying and disappearing.

    Please research this. It may change your life. Seriously.


    Lynn Clarke

    1. Bill says:

      Wow! Seriously good info Lynn! I didn’t know about this but I did see video’s about the fish raised in pools, and fed feces from chickens and other nasty scraps.

  • p e says:

    A few omissions, some more important than others.
    From the bottom: dark chocolate is ok, but cocoa, especially not Dutched, is much better with regard to both saturated fay and added sugar, a food devoid of all but calories.
    Dairy has added vitamin D, and less of it than a good pill, nut more important, dairy is quite high in saturated fat unless nonfat, which turns out to have much more calcium too (and more protein, but you don’t need the overload of protein that most get.)
    The lean protein isn’t all that lean (except for beans and some fish), but again is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, especially eggs. Organic, free-ranging eggs and meats have a better profile but are still high in saturated fats and cholesterol, and they cost an arm and two legs, unlike beans and peas.
    At the top, there’s 30% less depression eating better foods, 50% more with good foods and foods low in sat fats– but even the ‘high quality’ meats
    are full of those saturated fats, so that too is inconsistent.
    American nutritionists get chicken (so to say) recommending a whole food, plant-based diet, so they use inconsistent terms to placate the various interests whose toes are being stepped on.

  • Lynn says:

    Hi Michael,

    I was just wondering if you have had a chance to research any of the things I posted on my comment above. Any comments about any of the information? I am interested on what you think.

    Thanks, Lynn

    1. Michael Ford says:

      Hi Lynn – Yes, I did go do some reading after I read your comment. I’ve been aware of Fukushima, but it had been a while since I had read anything new about it – so I went to catch up. The situation is super depressing. For me, I find it’s best to take information like this in small doses. I agree everyone else should look into it as well.

      For your comment about grains – I think corn, wheat, flax, and rice are the only ones that have been cultivated as GMOs. And canola. That still leaves a lot of other grains to choose from – oats, barley, rye, couscous, quinoa, etc. Amaranth is beautiful, and it’s a low water crop. Personally, I still eat some wheat. We make some bread at home, and we sometimes pay out the nose for store bread that’s made with sprouted, certified organic grains. Thanks again – Michael

      1. Lynn says:

        Hi Michael,
        Thanks for your reply! I agree about taking news like that in small doses, as it can be overwhelming. Especially since there is nothing anyone can do to undo the damage. It is very depressing. I just try to remind people about Fukushima so they can make informed choices about what they put in their bodies. I hear it all the time: “What is Fukushima?” This is due to the complete main stream media blackout on this subject. Others think it is simply a “conspiracy theory.”
        You are right, there are options to whole grains that have not been GM’d (yet!) and they are all good options. I personally don’t like quinoa, but a lot of people love it. To each his own! I eat some wheat as well. I live in an area that just does not offer much in the way of organics, unfortunately.

        Anyway, thanks for all you do!

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