Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26 | March 12, 19, 26 | April 2 (Tuesdays)
Location: 3501 Peel Street, Montreal (Boardroom)
Course Description: What does food, sleep, and mental health all have in common? Well, as a matter of fact, quite a lot! The type of food and the amount of carbohydrates, fats, and protein that you consume on a daily basis does not only affect your body mass index (BMI). It also affects the quality of your sleep, and, indirectly, the quality of your mental health. Eating unhealthy food comes at a huge cost. And yet, every single new nutritional article that you read seems to contradict the last one you read! What exactly does it mean to eat “healthy”?
The purpose of this course is to teach you how to navigate the nutritional literature on your own, and to ensure that you will be able to create an eating plan that’ll optimize both the quality of your sleep and your overall mental health. The course will help you answer some of the following questions: Why do you keep reading that fat and cholesterol are good for you!? Should you adopt a vegan diet? What is ketosis? Should you drop carbs, and what exactly are carbs anyways? Why do you keep hearing the term “good fats”? What is intermittent fasting? And more…
About the Instructor: Alex Enescu is a third year Master of Science (M.Sc.) student in the Department of Psychiatry (Faculty of Medicine) at McGill University. His work focuses on the interrelationship between psychiatric conditions, sleep, and dreaming. Alex also does research on hybrid-states-of-awareness, such as lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis, and is equally involved with a number of nutritional studies that aim to modulated sleep, and, indirectly, psychiatric disorders, through modified diet plans. His research is funded by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) federal award, and a Graduate Excellence Fellowship in Mental Research from the Department of Psychiatry.
- Laptop and/or Notebook + Pencil
- Suggested Readings (articles are available free of charge through the McGill Library) *To be announced in class.