Jamie Menzel takes on dietary triggers for mood disorders

Mental health-focused nutritionist to speak at annual Food as Medicine Symposium at NUNM.

Jamie Menzel

The 10th annual Food as Medicine Symposium is set to take place February 10-11 at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. With this year’s theme being “Nutrition for Mental Heath,” our event speakers share what they’ll be discussing at the event:

About the Speaker

Jamie Menzel, MScN, CN (she/her) is a mental health focused functional nutritionist and clinical herbalist with a background in harm reduction, size inclusion, and trauma-informed care. Jamie currently specializes in the use of nutrition and herbal medicine to help prevent and improve symptoms related to a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Jamie is currently seeing clients privately at an integrative health clinic in Portland, Oregon. She has previously worked as the Graduate Assistant within the Nutrition Department at NUNM, and supported the Food as Medicine Institute as a work study student.

What do you hope people take away from your presentation?

I hope attendees are left with a greater understanding of some of the most common dietary triggers for mood disorders and mental health concerns. As a result, I hope they feel empowered to guide their patients through relevant elimination protocols in a responsible way, anticipate and better identify potential nutrient deficiencies, and refer out when necessary.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s symposium?

I’m looking forward to the meaningful cross-pollination that takes place at innovative conferences. I’m especially excited to exchange ideas and hear presentations by other professionals in the field who are equally fascinated by the microbiome, nutritional psychology, and the promise they hold for offering personalized nutritional counseling as both an alternative and augmentative treatment to conventional models of mental healthcare.

Learn more about all our speakers and register for the 2024 Food as Medicine Symposium!