Brain and Mind Psychology with Nicola Gates

Podcast 113

Most people tend to focus on how diet and exercise can help with weight loss. However, more research supports diet and physical activity can have a significant positive effect on brain function and brain health. Nicola Gates shares what years of research have taught her about our brains, her favorite brain foods, and what we can do now to have a healthier mind, body, and brain!  

In this episode, Cathy and Nicola discuss: 

  • Why Nicola decided to research how lifestyle factors impact brain health 
  • How what we eat is related to brain function and brain health 
  • Nicola’s favorite brain foods 
  • How diet impacts intelligence 
  • Why Nicola focuses on how physical activity impacts the brain vs. exercise  
  • The power of letting go of comparison 
  • How mental wellbeing and brain health are related  

    Nicola Gates PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, wrote the best-selling books ‘A Brain for Life’ and ‘The Feel Good Guide to Menopause’, published by Harper Collins. She has promoted adult health and wellbeing for over twenty-five years and has internationally recognized neuroscientific research.

    Dr. Nicola Gates has dozens of published research papers and articles in general media and presents to thousands of adults every year to promote optimal health for brain, body and mind. Her book, ‘A Brain for Life’, is the culmination of her PhD research investigating life style factors for the prevention of dementia and optimizing well-being combined with twenty years’ clinical work improving the brain and mind health of adults. Nicola translates complicated neuroscience and medical research with positive psychology, real life stories and practical strategies taking us on an engaging and motivating journey so that we can all flourish today and tomorrow.

    Memorable Quotes:

    • “Rather than asking ‘Why?’, the question to really investigate is ‘What do we do now?’—so it’s that resilient tilting toward the future and what can be done rather than looking at what has already happened.”  
    • “What we eat in mid-life affects our late-life health and that’s because the brain has very high dietary demands.” 
    • “For your brain, it’s about what you do eat as much as what you don’t eat.”  
    • “What’s good for your brain is good for your health and your body.” 
    • “If we always start from a position of kindness, towards self and others, then we can all go forward positively.” 


    Mentioned In This Episode:

    A Brain for Life

    Links to resources:

    Health Coach Group Website

     Get the book(s) 


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