Mental Wellness

Find resources, articles, and recipes here from our community of holistic nutrition professionals. Topics covered include anxiety, stress management, your brain, and how holistic nutrition is connected. 

Mental Wellness Articles

  • Nutrition & Mental Health – Food and mental health are linked and there is more and more research over the years that supports the correlation between the two. Kristina Virro, R.H.N. shows us how holistic nutrition professionals can improve someone’s mood through food.
  • 5 Red Flags of a Fad DietRemember to treat yourself kindly in the new year. Holistic nutrition is not about dieting. Lisa Kilgour, R.H.N. shares the 5 red flags of a fad diet to look out for.
  • How to Get Healthy Skin Naturally  – Cold dry air can wreak havoc on your skin. Did you know there are delicious ways to support healthy and glowing skin? Allison Tannis, R.H.N. shares 9 science-backed holistic tips for healthy skin this year.
  • Probiotics for Moods and Stress? Yes! – Tina Cufaro, R.H.N., discusses the research into how and if probiotics can help with mood and stress.

Mental Wellness Facebook Live Replay (Feb. 12/18)

An interactive discussion with Holistic Nutrition Professional and CSNN Grad, Andrea Donsky, led by BOLO Inc. Founder, Caleigh Rykiss, about a holistic approach to mental wellness.

  • Nourish Your Wellbeing to Beat Burnout – Sharon K. Summerfield explores the topic of burnout and some strategies we can incorporate to help us beat burnout. It’s important to take care of your mental wellness, all year round. 
  • 5 Strategies to Help Fight Seasonal Depression“During the winter months, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or ‘the winter blues’ is a very real thing that impacts many people.” Joanna Brown, C.H.N.C., shares Strategies to Help Fight Seasonal Depression.
  • 3 Ways Tech is Messing with your Mind – Orsha Maygar, MSc, BSc, C.H.N., explains how technology is messing with our brains, and what we can do about it.

Back to Basics

  • Back to Basics – Sometimes a simple approach to food is the healthiest. Emma Levez Larocque, R.H.N. shares some tips and insights, as well as a yummy recipe for an edamame spread. 
  • Top 4 Plant-Based Proteins – Whether you are looking to eat more plant-based in the new year or are just looking to expand your culinary palate, here are the top 4 plant-based proteins to get you started. Blog post from Bethany Gettis, C.H.N.  

Healthy New Year

Want to learn how to eat, cook, and live healthier this year? Holistic Culinary Certificate will teach you cooking techniques and introduce you to an array of whole foods and some holistic nutrition tips. Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Certificate is a fun series of workshops with topics like Gut Health, Healthy Fats, and Protein to give you a taste of holistic nutrition and some practical tips. Available at select branches via Zoom.


Antioxidant-rich with blueberries but also healthy fats such as cashews, chia seeds, and almond butter, this  breakfast helps with cognitive function and protect against inflammation. Recipe from Delia Mota, R.H.N.


Sometimes it takes a personal health struggle to push you on a new path. CSNN graduate Melisa Cannella had a career “a-ha!” moment that changed her life and career for the better.


A perfect grab-and-go snack that is low in sugar but high in good quality healthy fats. Hannah Schmitt, R.H.N. shares this easy recipe, plus an important note on soaking nuts and seeds and the benefits. 


5 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Weeknight Dinners. These recipes are great for busy families who want to enjoy a healthy homecooked meal. Recipes from Joanna Brown, C.H.N.C.


Bone broth has a lot of nutritional benefits. Andrea Brown, R.H.N. shares her recipe for homemade bone broth using food scraps. Not only is this a simple and versatile recipe, it’s sustainable. 


Meg de Jong, R.H.N. shares a delicious recipe for her “Eat to Ease Your Anxiety” Nourish Bowl. Learn how the ingredients can be helpful in supporting your overall health and mental wellness.


Curry in a hurry! This is a quick and delicious Tuna Curry with a boost of anti-inflammatory turmeric. Recipe from Sarah Cuff, R.H.N.


Stress Less Smoothie

Lisa Chilvers, R.H.N., brings us this easy smoothie that can help you feel calmer, full of beneficial ingredients to soothe tension and relax. 


Hummus with a Twist

Orsha Magyar, M.Sc., C.H.N., shares this yummy dip packed with anti-oxidant rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients that’s brain-friendly.

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AHN Workshops for Healthcare Practitioners

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AN102 Nutrition and Mental Health (Part 1) – Mood Disorders
AN103 Nutrition and Mental Health (Part 2) – Alzheimer’s Disease

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