The Link Between Food and Mental Health

As we look at the world around us, we don’t have to have special powers of deduction to work out that ‘things’ are not going quite as well as they ought. Words such as “unemployment”, “homelessness”, “crime rate”, “war”, “social unrest”, “pollution”, “AIDS”, “cancer”, “allergies” and many more indicate our social climate. People are turning this way and that for solutions, and spending vast sums of money on ‘wonder-cures’ to heal body, mind or bank balance.

Amid this hubbub of fear and negativity, a few small voices are reminding us that our lives are intertwined, and everything we do spreads out like ripples, affecting the world and other lives in ways we can hardly imagine.  The body of evidence linking our mental or emotional state and our physical well-being is so overwhelming that we finally begin to see that something in our lives other than ‘bad luck’ may be the cause of our eczema, depression or migraine headaches. Slowly we begin to realise that recycling papers or bottles and doing without carrier bags may indeed have an effect, and some of us begin to ask what else can we do?

Looking around and not liking what we see – we begin to wonder about the truth in the old sales slogan: ‘if you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got’.  If you are asking, ‘So what else can I do?’ and if you, like many people, have begun to realise that while it is true that our actions affect the world around us, it is our thoughts and our attitudes that produce these actions, then the words in my book are for you.

Many years ago though I had a client come to see me with depression. At our meeting I got the feeling that there was nothing emotionally wrong with her and she did not actually need my skills. I suggested she saw a clinical ecologist which she did.  To cut a long story short after feeding her on spaceman food for a week she was given a piece of bread. Within an hour she ‘had to go to sleep’. When she woke up two or three hours later she was depressed.  She was found to be allergic to gluten in flour.

As we age more of us become wheat intolerant. If after bread your abdomen bloats and/or you start to pass wind perhaps you are one of those people.  Dairy can be another section of food to which many of us are intolerant.  There is much written about it.  Food separation may be helpful to people. For those who have followed the Rosemary Connolly method of weight-loss this will be familiar.

Carbohydrates in general can be another category which affects people.  Can I recommend “The Carbohydrate Addict’s Book” by Drs Rachel & Richard Heller. The link is shown here.

There is much written in the public domain.  As over-eating reaches epidemic proportions in our society maybe we all need to look at this topic … All the best!

Sue Washington has dedicated her life to helping people.  From early days as a school teacher she trained psychotherapists to an exacting National standard.  Her thrust in her later years has been to help people realise their power. Feel free to ask her a question directly at


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