Jan 2, 2023

Food for a Better Mood with Dr. Will Cole

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Boundaries, Gut-Brain Axis, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition, Relationships


Is there a connection between the foods we eat and how we feel? How does the quality of our relationships and our boundaries (or lack thereof) impact our gut health? Does trauma affect the microbiome? In this episode, I’m chatting with leading functional-medicine expert Dr. Will Cole to explore the connection between our relationships, the food we eat, and our overall mental and physical health.

Dr. Cole consults people around the globe and started one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world over a decade ago. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, he specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Will is also the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and was the co-host of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand goop’s first spinoff podcast, the goopfellas podcast. He is the bestselling author of Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum, and the New York Times bestseller Intuitive Fasting. His upcoming book, Gut Feelings, will hit shelves in March 2023.


  • How our relationships influence our physical health
  • The gut-brain axis and how the foods we eat impact our mental health
  • How trauma affects gut health
  • Why we’re seeing an explosion of mental health issues and autoimmune diseases right now
  • Four inflammatory foods to avoid for optimal health (plus what to eat more of)
  • One thing to cut out of your diet if you want to move the needle

00:00 Intro

00:24 How do our relationships impact our health?

02:26 Boundaries are medicine

04:10 The gut-brain axis

07:14 The food & mood connection

09:08 Taking inventory in all areas of our lives

12:37 How trauma impacts the gut

17:06 The explosion of mental health issues and autoimmune diseases

18:52 The parallels between our internal and external world

21:45 Glyphosate 

23:17 Effecting change as consumers

33:25 The four core inflammatory foods

35:23 What to eat more of

36:12 The problem with seed oils

38:37 The truth about fat & cholesterol

46:33 Healthy fats

49:19 Cut this food out to move the needle