Mental Health & Nutrition, which is the chicken & which is the egg?




Tara is sitting on a couch wearing jeans and blue sweater
Tara Rivera, Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology

We've all heard the advice that eating well helps your brain function well. True. There are nutrients that benefit the brain like omega-3 fatty acids.


But what happens when your mental health alters your relationship with food and makes it more difficult to make food choices that nourish your brain?


Last week, I sat down with Tara Rivera MS and clinical psychology Ph.D. candidate, to chat about the nuances between mental health and nutrition. How promoting mental health by practicing self-compassion and allowing full permission with all foods promotes a healthy relationship with food. And how impostor syndrome can get in the way of nourishing your body mind and soul.




Tara's goal is to serve others as they make holistic and healthy lifestyle choices to increase their quality of life.


She is passionate about how food and environmental systems impact mental health in marginalized communities, which lead her to complete an M.S. Integrative and Functional Nutrition degree.


Tara is also passionate about how food affects the way people feel. Recently, she returned to school as a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology. By integrating her background in holistic nutrition, Tara hopes to help clients create a deeper understanding of the relationship between food and mental health.


You learn more about Tara's work here.


Tara offers many nuggets of wisdom and reflection points throughout the interview.

Grab your journal, a favorite beverage, and join us!




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