In addition to clinical social work, I am a certified health, family and consumer sciences educator; a certified mental health integrative medicine practitioner (CMHIMP) and am additionally certified in plant-based nutrition. It is from these frameworks that I enjoy utilizing biopsychosocial education, nutritional research and scientific study information to assist people to develop enhanced insights into their particular mental health challenges, especially as these may pertain to support of the person’s desire to reduce and/or entirely eliminate utilization of pharmaceutical drugs, and to access creative, natural, sustainable *nutritional* strategies to overcome them!
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates
The proposition that food has medicinal properties is by no means a new idea…but for a number of reasons (which I will not attempt to discuss here) this concept has not been properly mainstreamed into the majority of physical and mental health arenas within US society.
***A growing amount of evidence is highlighting the facts that a plant-based lifestyle supports physical health by decreasing the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and increasing longevity of life, and *also* supports better mental health outcomes by reducing depression and anxiety, and improving quality of life.
If you feel curious or excited about the prospect of expanding your knowledge of how nutrition can assist you to improve your mental health and wellness experience, please reach out to me for more information 😊
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***Specific Relevant Studies
Acofp. (2021, February 1). Food for Your Mood: Nutrition as a Part of the Treatment and Prevention of Major Depressive Disorder. ACOFP Blog. https://acofp.net/2021/01/22/food-for-your-mood-nutrition-as-a-part-of-the-treatment-and-prevention-of-major-depressive-disorder/.
Evers, I., Heerings, M., Roos, N. M. de, Jongen, P. J., & Visser, L. H. (2021, March 10). Adherence to dietary guidelines is associated with better physical and mental quality of life: results from a cross-sectional survey among 728 Dutch MS patients. Research@WUR. https://research.wur.nl/en/publications/adherence-to-dietary-guidelines-is-associated-with-better-physica.
Medawar E;Huhn S;Villringer A;Veronica Witte A; (n.d.). The effects of plant-based diets on the body and the brain: a systematic review. Translational psychiatry. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31515473/.
Merino J, Joshi AD, Nguyen LH, et al. Diet quality and risk and severity of COVID-19: a prospective cohort study. medRxiv. Published online June 25, 2021. doi: 10.1101/2021.06.24.21259283v1
Medical Disclaimer for Plant Based Nutritional Coaching Service
Cheryl A Alexander, LICSW is a licensed healthcare professional, solely in clinical (psychiatric) social work. She also holds certifications and continuing education training experience in Usui Ryoho Reiki, Core Shamanism Healing Practice, Dance Movement Therapy principles, Plant Based Nutrition, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Mental Health Integrative Medicine.
Cheryl A Alexander, LICSW is not a licensed medical doctor, chiropractor, naturopathic doctor, dietician or medication provider. Therefore, while she may render professional psychiatric diagnoses, advice and treatment, any physiological/nutritional components of her holistic focus should be regarded as biopsychosocial educational recommendations based on information only. Therefore, nothing on this webpage should be construed to constitute medical diagnosis, treatment or prescribing.