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#011 | Nutrition & Mental Health with Holly Higgins

The Fascinating Connection Between Stomach and Brain

Allison interviews Holly Higgins, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Whole30 certified coach about the important connection between nutrition and mental health. They discuss gut health, blood sugar and food sensitivities in a way that is fun and accessible. Enjoy!


What We Cover

  • What is the relationship between nutrition and mental health?
  • How did Holly get started learning about mental health?
  • Why you shouldn’t focus solely on weight loss when you do a Whole30
  • How Allison’s mental health was affected when she first did a Whole30
  • Why psychiatric medicine and weight loss are often contradictory goals
  • The importance of balanced blood sugar
  • How blood sugar affects mood and mental health
  • How Whole30 affects blood sugar
  • How diet affects children who have been adopted
  • How diet affects people with ADD and ADHD
  • How digestive health / gut health affects mental health & the gut-brain connection
  • How the culture reflects the truth of the gut-brain connection
  • Holly’s recommendations for good gut health
  • Food sensitivities and mental health–gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol
  • How nutrition can affect depression
  • How to tell if you have a food sensitivity
  • The relationship between skin health and gut health
  • How to look have a positive outlook on nutritional changes



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Hey there! I’m Allison, redemption seeker, real food enthusiast, and creative entrepreneur. My hope is that in this space you experience stories that inspire, recipes that nourish, and practical tips to see your life redeemed and thriving.

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