Zoë chats with Dr Georgia Ede about diets


Dr. Georgia Ede is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist specializing in nutrition science, brain metabolism, and mental health. Her two decades of clinical experience includes 12 years at Smith College and Harvard University Health Services, where she was the first to offer nutrition-based therapies as an alternative to psychiatric medications.

Georgia speaks internationally about dietary approaches to psychiatric disorders, nutrition science, and nutrition policy reform. She is also the creator and director of the first medically accredited course in ketogenic diets for mental health practitioners. In 2022, she co-authored the first inpatient study of the ketogenic diet for serious mental illnesses and was honoured to be named a recipient of the Baszucki Brain Research Fund’s first annual Metabolic Mind Award.

Georgia’s passion is empowering people with psychiatric conditions to reduce or eliminate the need for medications by changing how they eat. People wonder which changes are worth making, and why? Answering that question is what Georgia’s work is all about.

Georgia has a book coming out on January 30th 2024 called “Change your diet. Change your mind.”


For an hour, in this wonderful meeting of minds, Georgia and I talk about why the dietary guidelines are just about the opposite of what we should be advised to eat.

We discuss how we both got into the world of diet and health and why we now think as we do. Georgia shares when and how she personally realised that many plants were ‘not her friends’ and how she resolved this.

We cover animal foods vs plant foods, nutrients, anti-nutrients and what we need to base meals on.

We talk about Georgia’s forthcoming book Change your diet, change your mind  and the three different diet plans within. We also talk about the challenges of writing the book, not least capturing the individual way in which Georgia works and applying this to general principles that can help more people.

Georgia explains how her psychiatry practice changed from meds and therapy to food and nutrition and the results that can be achieved.

We also cover – not only are plants ‘not all that’, but they defend themselves against being eaten and some can be quite problematic for different people. Georgia explains the signs that might indicate that some plants are causing us problems, which ones particularly and what we can do about it.

You may never think of broccoli in the same way again!

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