Plant-Based Canada Podcast

Episode 32: How Diet Impacts Our Mental Health with Dr. Ian Gillespie

May 03, 2022 Season 1 Episode 32
Plant-Based Canada Podcast
Episode 32: How Diet Impacts Our Mental Health with Dr. Ian Gillespie
Show Notes

Dr. Ian Gillespie is a consultant psychiatrist, with a practice in his hometown of Victoria since completing specialty training at UBC and Mayo Clinic.

His role at Aroga Lifestyle Medicine is to provide consultation services to the team and assessments focusing on the role of how Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), ADHD, and PTSD may contribute to the chronic illnesses people may have experienced. He also provides compassionate Motivational Interviewing concepts, CHIP training principles, and current information about the evolving field of Lifestyle Psychiatry treatment.

He’s also passionate about the role diet plays in mental health and mood, and is a proponent of a whole foods plant-based eating pattern. With continuing education in Lifestyle Medicine since 2013, he was among the first 7 physicians in Canada to earn the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine diplomate certification in the 2017 inaugural examination. Dr. Gillespie is also a founding member and current Secretary of the Canadian Lifestyle Medicine Advocacy Group.

In this episode we discuss:

Dr. Gillespie's path to psychiatry and role at Aroga Lifestyle Medicine 

His experience in Lifestyle Psychiatry

How he incorporates Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-based eating into his practice

What kind of evidence we have when it comes to dietary patterns and depression

How certain foods can impact mood

The six pillars of lifestyle medicine

Food insecurity and other socio-economic obstacles to eating better

Studies/Articles/Books:
Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Change (Harvard Program)

Lifestyle Psychiatry (Noordsy, 2019)

The Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine


A meta-review of "lifestyle psychiatry"

Diet and depression: exploring the biological mechanisms of action 

Dr. Michael Greger's Daily Dozen Challenge
 
Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome (Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, 2020)

Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure (Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, 2008)
 
The role of inflammation and the gut microbiome in depression and anxiety

The Gut Microbiome and Mental Health: Implications for Anxiety- and Trauma-Related Disorders comment

This Podcast was hosted and edited by Clinton Stamatovich