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Understanding the Food-Mood Connection

In this episode of What You’re Craving, Molly and Amy Shah, MD, a double-board-certified medical doctor and nutrition expert, have a conversation about how to foster a better relationship with our bodies and with food.

Many of us turn to processed food for quick comfort and a hit of dopamine, but Amy reveals why this isn’t truly satisfying and offers healthier alternatives to create a balanced lifestyle.

Amy discusses the effects of processed foods on our dopamine receptors and how it affects our cravings. She will also share her perspective on intuitive eating and why practicing intuitive eating is much harder in today’s world. Additionally, Amy delves into the growing knowledge we are gaining through studies about how food and the gut can affect our brains, and how to improve the gut-brain connection.

Amy also shares her observations of eating habits in India and how they differ from those in the United States. She delves into the science behind the food-mood connection and talks about natural ways to give our bodies what they need. 

Amy encourages us to take charge of our health by becoming more mindful of the foods we put into our bodies and how it affects our overall well-being. With her guidance, we can make simple changes to our diet and lifestyle to enjoy greater energy, improved sleep quality, and a more balanced mood.


  • “I wish people realized how irritable and angry eating a processed food diet makes you.”
  • “Our gut bacteria will work for us if we give it food that it loves, and we are starving them and we are stressing them out, and we are keeping them awake.”

About Dr. Amy Shah:

Amy Shah, MD, is a double-board-certified medical doctor and nutrition expert with training from Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Drawing from her background in internal medicine and allergy/immunology, as well as her own wellness journey, she has dedicated her practice to helping her patients feel better and live healthier through her integrative and holistic approach to wellness. She was named one of mindbodygreen’s Top 100 Women in Wellness to Watch in 2015 and appears regularly on national television shows and podcasts and in national magazines. She lives in Arizona with her family. 

Connect with Dr. Amy Shah:

Instagram: @fastingmd 


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