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TBI Dietitian Krystal Merrells on Nutrition after concussion

Concussion and nutrition is a hot topic! But does it need to be? My guest Krystal talks about her role as a nutritionist and her concussion recovery. We talk briefly about the HUGE topic of intuitive eating and brain injury. She found that people were often on restrictive diets, supplements, and tracking when they were struggling with their recovery. She found that no one was offering more of an intuitive approach to eating after a brain injury.

Things we discussed:

  • Intuitive eating discusses 10 principles, here’s a link to the principles from the founders of this approach. https://www.intuitiveeating.org/10-principles-of-intuitive-eating/
  • We talked about “bad” foods after brain injury and how diet culture influences this belief.
  • Diet culture is pervasive. Foods are labeled as villains.
  • Krystal says that she has seen many times that clients will say that they can not eat many foods. She helps them understand a different perspective on their recovery and the role of food.
  • She talks about clients fearing food because it may “hurt” them.
  • Not eating or getting enough energy contributes to inflammation and stress.
  • First and foremost we need to eat!!
  • We are literally adding fuel to the stress fire!


Takeaway #1

Routine! The brain and body love routine. Get your three square meals a day. It’s a great place to start!

Takeaway #2

Think about what to add vs. what to cut out. Figure out what you like to eat and how easy that would be to add in to your day.

Take away #3

How can food be healing in more ways than one? Think about making a family recipe, enjoy some time of rest/calm, or spend time with loved ones.

Takeaway #4

Routinely have laughter in your day. Krystal loves to find ways to laugh and encourages this for others.

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