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How Diet is Connected to Mental Health, Trauma & Addiction: A Practical Roadmap for Recovery

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Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN
58 Minutes
Oct 16, 2020
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DVD - Also available: Digital Seminar


The connection between what we eat, and how we feel, has been documented for over a decade in studies. Yet, few organizations dealing with mental health and addiction have incorporated this concept into their treatment protocols. Kristin Kirkpatrick will discuss the major dietary factors that impact depression, anxiety, and addiction. She will also detail why dietary intervention is essential to successful recovery as well.  Finally, Kristin will discuss the groundbreaking new program at the Meadows that is addressing these factors in an effort to better serve our patients, visitors and staff.


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Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, is the former lead dietitian and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. A bestselling author, experienced presenter, and award-winning dietitian, Kristin is a sought-after national speaker on a variety of nutrition and wellness-related topics, appearing on the Today show, NBC Nightly News and The Dr. Oz Show. She has also contributed to national publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Food Network, Costco Connection, Self, Women’s Health,, The Huffington Post, US News and World Report, and she is a featured expert on Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials. The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on Twitter,” and in December 2017, her show The New Rules of Food aired nationally on PBS.

Kristin’s career began in Washington, DC, where she assisted in lobbying efforts for medical nutrition therapy reform on behalf of the American Dietetic Association Policy and Advocacy group. She then went on to become the regional coordinator of the Hearts N Parks program in Montgomery County, Maryland. During her time there, she designed, implemented, and measured health promotion programs within the Washington, DC metro area. Kristin then returned to Ohio to work for the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular Genetics. She eventually became the lead dietitian in the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. In addition, she serves on Dr. Oz’s medical advisory board as well as the advisory board for Lose it!

Kristin has more than 17 years of experience in the health management arena and holds an MS in health promotion management from American University and a BA in political science from George Washington University. A Licensed Registered Dietitian in the state of Ohio, in May 2012 she received the Ohio Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year Award. In January 2017, Kristin published her first book, Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic – Fatty Liver Disease.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kristin Kirkpatrick is the founder and CEO of KAK Nutrition Consulting, LLC and has a consultative relationship with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine. She is a published author and receives royalties. Ms. Kirkpatrick receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kristin Kirkpatrick has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Participants will be able to identify the major dietary factors associated with mood.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the Meadows Fuel Well program to their patients.
  3. Participants will understand the major studies associated with food, mood and recovery.


Fuel well

  • Discussion on the role that diet plays in mental health and recovery
  • Navigating a dietary discussion in a behavioral health practice

MIND diet

  • Components of the mind diet and studies showing the impact on brain health

Omega 3 fatty acid and Vitamin D studies

  • Data from three studies will be discussed
  • Best ways to increase sources of Omega 3 and Vitamin D

MTHFR deficiency

  • The role that MTHFR has on folate and depression levels
  • How to test for MTHFR

Gut health research

  • Discussion on the mind brain axis
  • Components that impact gut health

The impact that processed food / sugar / fast food has on mental health outcomes

  • Data on immune function and inflammation

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Stephanie M - Hephzibah, Georgia

"Kristen was a wonderful presenter!"

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