Good Mood Food with Jason Wrobel
Jason Wrobel (J-Wro) is the bestselling author of the Hay House cookbook and lifestyle guide, Eaternity. As the first plant-based chef with a primetime television series, his groundbreaking show “How to Live to 100” taught millions of people how to prepare delicious, organic, healthy meals at home. With more than 20 years of experience in holistic, plant-based nutrition and gourmet cooking techniques, his offerings are fueled by his passionate, lighthearted vibes.
01: Day 1: Happy, Healthy Gut
For Day 1 of the course, Jason discusses how nutrients in food can directly affect your neurons and neurotransmitter function. He also shares why gut health is absolutely crucial for brain health and how to make super creamy and delicious dairy-free Coconut Yogurt. PS: This course introduces many new ingredients and chemical names that would score you a lot of points in Scrabble. If you want to see those terms on screen as you watch, turn on Closed Captions (the little CC button in the lower-right corner of the video player).
02: Day 2: Feed Your Neurotransmitters
It’s time for a little science class, but way more fun and interesting! Jason shares the basics of neuroscience: what a neurotransmitter is and how it functions, along with the top three emotional neurotransmitters that are key to your mood and overall emotional health. He also reveals his top foods that boost those emotional neurotransmitters and how to make his brain-boosting smoothie.
03: Day 2: All-Purpose Brain Boosters
In this supplemental video, Jason shares a few of his favorite all-purpose brain-boosting foods and nutrients that have been shown to be beneficial for your neurological health, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12, GABA, spirulina and much more. Also, get the truth about tryptophan (and we ain’t talkin’ turkey here)!
04: Day 3: Mood Disorders & Depression
Today, Jason’s getting vulnerable with you. He shares his personal story of how he was diagnosed with clinical depression and his journey into healing. His protocol includes supplements, new foods, meditation, and somatic therapy. He also discusses the importance of getting a full blood panel and neurotransmitter screening and the types of tests that can be beneficial if you are struggling with depression or mood disorders.
05: Day 4: Fat is Your Friend
Don’t demonize fat. It’s actually your friend (if you eat the RIGHT kinds)! Today, you will learn the importance of the quality of the fat you’re consuming, how to select the right kind of monounsaturated fats that nourish your brain, and why it’s important to choose the right cooking oils. Jason also will show you how to make an incredibly scrumptious Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
06: Day 5: Mindfulness Practices for Mealtime
We’ve all heard about the importance of being present—but how does that translate to meal time? Today is all about how to practice presence at every meal by feasting with your other senses first, and how to recognize how food actually makes you feel. Jason will help bring awareness to WHY you eat the foods you do and take you through his personal food journal.
07: Day 6: Energize Your Morning
Well, the secret is about to be out... today you’ll learn all about the real breakfast of champions! Jason talks about the power of intermittent fasting, how to use breathwork techniques and lymphatic pounding to wake up your body, everyday energy-boosting foods to add to your breakfasts, and how to make his magical Matcha Chia Pudding.
08: Day 7: Optimize Your Sleep
Do you have trouble sleeping—or just want to enjoy a deeper, more rejuvenating sleep? Today, Jason talks about how to wind down from a stressful day, the foods and nutrients that improve relaxation and sleep, and his supplemental practices and biohacks for sleep hygiene. You’ll also learn how to make a Kava Kava Sleepytime Tonic that will set you up for some seriously sound snoozin’. Recipe of the Day: Kava Kava Sleepytime Tonic
09: Day 8: Hormones and Hanger
Today is all about feeling hangry (when you get so hungry, you actually get angry)! Jason shares the hormones that affect hanger and how you can be mindful of controlling them. We’ll discuss the importance of proper hydration, blood sugar levels, starvation diets, and weight loss. Jason will also show you his nutrient-dense Superfood Trail Mix recipe that you can take anywhere to help put the hurt on being hangry.
10: Day 9: Recipes that Delight
It’s time to unleash your inner MasterChef today! Jason discusses his mindset and ethos around making a meal, including principles for balancing flavors, textures, mouthfeel. Because food is a dynamic experience meant to be savored, we’ve got three recipes for you today: a Papaya Sweet Tart Smoothie, a Strawberry Chia Vinaigrette Salad with Wild Arugula, and a mouthwatering Miso Turmeric Noodle Bowl with Roasted Kabocha Squash. Learn how to build a memorable recipe from scratch! Recipe of the Day: Papaya "Sweet Tart" Smoothie
11: Day 10: Meditation for Brain Health
On our last day of the course together, Jason will show you specific mindfulness practices for enhancing your emotional health, discuss how meditation affects neuroplasticity, and teach you how to balance your neurotransmitters and the hemispheres of the brain. We will also dive into how mindfulness affects depression, how to use reframing practices to create more peace in your life, and you’ll practice self-generating joyfulness and love with Jason's Golden Heart Meditation.