Dr. Bjorndal has an incredible story of struggling with depression (including several suicide attempts – one that left her in a coma, with kidney failure, on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant), severe anxiety, an eating disorder and bipolar disorder type 1. She regained her mental health using a combination of medical, natural and spiritual treatments that she now shares with her patients as a naturopathic doctor. Prior to making a career change to become a naturopathic doctor, she reported to a high profile CEO in Canada and worked in the banking industry.
She has developed an approach for healthy living that gets to the root cause of many mental health conditions and is changing the lives of patients across the continent. She is an example of the strength that comes from lived experience of serious mental illness and offers the possibility of healing for others who struggle. An author, speaker and gifted teacher, Dr. Bjorndal draws on her many personal and inspirational stories to motivate, inspire and uplift. Having overcome many challenges in the sphere of mental health, Dr. Chris is especially exceptional about sharing her motivational speeches about how to overcome barriers in life and to encourage others to achieve their full potential. Dr. Chris’s vulnerability, enthusiasm and experience will inspire patients, other practitioners, and students to be best that they can be.
Too many people feel chronically stagnant with mental symptoms, or not fully healed by conventional medical treatments and lose hope for a healthy future. While not being antagonistic with conventional medicine, Dr. Chris’s story highlights the incredible advantages of the front lines of integrative medicine, and serves to motivate and engage people in their own healing process. Her approach sparks deep self-learning and self-healing that gets to the root of mental illness with humor, honesty and compassion.
"The Essential Diet: Eating for Mental Health" is your guide to healthy and simple recipes that will change how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. The recipes on these pages are meant to support you in your mental health by ensuring you are eating the correct amount of the essential nutrients required for mental well-being. When you address mental health with the proper nutritional foundation, the likelihood of feeling depressed or anxious decreases. In addition, by following the recipes