Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on July 30 and 31 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss how peanuts can help your metabolic health with Samara Sterling, nutritional psychiatry with David Nelson, Summer self-care with Andryanna Gonko and Emotional resiliance with Carrie Mazzei

We specifically discuss:

Peanuts in Support of Your Metabolic Health

  • Obesity: prevalence and impact on health
  • BMI measures
  • The nutritional makeup and health benefits of peanuts
  • A new study supporting peanuts as supportive of metabolic health
  • You burn more calories when you eat peanuts
  • You absorb less calories when you eat peanuts
  • Consuming calories from fat isn’t necessarily bad
  • Fat is a macro-nutrient
  • Peanuts vs. peanut butter
  • What is the impact of the study on the day to day basis?


Nutritional Psychiatry

  • How does food affect mood?
  • Foods change the way our bodies physical and emotional reaction to the environment
  • Ultra-processed foods and inflammation
  • Depression and anxiety treated by food
  • Serotonin inhibitors and depression
  • How changing your diet can change your mood
  • Bad diet vs. good diet
  • Recommendations: Mind diet/Mediterranean diet
  • Felice Jacka, Brain Changer


Summer Self-Care

  • Summertime: more time for self-care
  • What is self-care?
  • What is the grounding for self-care?
  • 5 Pillars of wellbeing
  • Nurture: sparking joy
  • Nourish: focus on nutritious foods that make us feel good
  • Movement: not just hard workouts
  • Growth: learning new things
  • Discarding: ie. avoiding our electronic devices


Emotional Resilience

  • Causes of emotional stress
  • Why is emotional resilience important?
  • What makes someone emotionally resilient?
  • Are some people innately more emotionally resilient?
  • How do we become more emotionally resilient?
  • Accepting and understanding why we’re feeling blue/negative
  • Reaction to our emotions
  • Self compassion and validation
  • Acceptance and other tools to build emotional resilience


To learn more about Samara Sterling and her work at the Peanut Institute go here

To learn more about David Nelson go here.

To listen to Andryanna Gonko  here

To learn more about Carrie Mazzei go here.