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248. Calm Your Cravings and Support Your Mood with Dr. Amy Shah #WellnessWednesdays
Episode 24826th April 2023 • Be Well by Kelly Leveque • Kelly Leveque
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Dr. Amy Shah is back to talk about her new book, I Am So Effing Hungry, and her five step method for conquering cravings, boosting your mood, and making peace with your body. Dr. Amy Shah is a double board-certified MD with training from Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard, nutritionist, and best-selling author. Dr. Shah focuses on gut health, inflammation, and intermittent fasting.

In today's episode, we'll talk about how today's food system is hijacking your brain and your cravings. You'll learn about how the gut microbiome impacts your hunger and what exactly psychobiotics are. She'll explain the psychology and neuroscience behind hunger and cravings, and she'll give us some hacks and small changes we can make every day to calm our cravings and take control over our health.

We also cover…

00:01:00 — Why We Feel Out of Control When Eating Processed Foods

  • How being an Indian immigrant led Amy to learn about nutrition
  • Contributors to chronic lifestyle diseases like diabetes
  • The impacts of feeding kids processed foods
  • Feeling a lack of control when eating processed foods
  • The difference between hunger vs cravings
  • Breaking a food/dopamine addiction and self-soothing with food 

00:19:00 — How to Improve Your Gut Microbiome

  • How the gut microbiome impacts our hunger
  • The mental health connection to gut health
  • How quickly we can remedy our microbiome 
  • What changes to expect when you move to a whole food diet & where to start
  • High dopamine foods 
  • The biggest thing you can do to improve your gut health

00:33:00 — Hunger Hacks & Cravings Crushers

  • How to tame cravings
  • The importance of circadian rhythms
  • Day in the life of Dr. Amy and how she takes control of her hunger
  • Dr. Amy Shah’s favorite breakfast foods for curbing cravings
  • Kelly’s pregnancy craving


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