“The Chef and the Doctor Series“
Join us for an evening with Dr. Uma Naidoo, as she speaks about “Your Brain on Food: Wellness Strategies for the Winter Blues” –
She will review the use of foods, culinary herbs, spices and provide a holistic approach to helping people use wellness strategies for winter blues and healing. She will also discuss healthy food swaps to reduce calories and help you feel less stressed with your New Year resolutions.
Dr. Uma Naidoo is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital where she sees patients. She is also a Culinary Instructor at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
The presentation will be followed by a multi-course, immune-boosting dinner created by Chef David Bouley with a corresponding wine program.
About Dr. Uma Naidoo:
After graduating as a medical doctor, she completed her training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Next she completed a fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has served as a member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School and is currently developing a unique pilot program in Culinary Medicine with Harvard Medical students. She blogs for Harvard Health Press: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-strategies-to-ease-anxiety-201604139441
After pursuing her passion in cooking by completing both savory and pastry classes at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and at the Culinary Institute of America(Hyde Park, New York) Uma decided to pursue a degree as a Professional Chef. She graduated as a Professional Chef from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA with High Honors and was awarded the coveted M.F.K. Fisher Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Innovation.
Integrating her professional accomplishments in medicine, human psychology, nutrition and cooking is how she enjoys implementing her clinical work. As the leading Mood-Food expert at Harvard, her main interest is the impact of food on mood. Using food to reduce inflammation and fight disease, as well as and how nutritional psychiatry can have an impact on how we feel by positively affecting our mood and wellbeing.
Chef David Bouley and Dr. Uma Naidoo interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, Friday, July 27, 2018:
Chef Bouley and Dr. Naidoo, along with Dr. Drew Ramsey, a previous The Chef and the Doctor Series speaker, consulted Katherine Squires for today’s informative Wall Street Journal article, ‘Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety’, excerpted below, that provides a guide to nutrient dense foods that are beneficial for brain and mental health.