Joan Kent PhD

Joan Kent

I have a PhD in psychoactive nutrition, how foods affect brain chemistry. By using ordinary foods to change brain chemistry and hormones, I help my clients flip their moods, transform their health, boost their energy, stay in recovery from alcohol or drugs while feeling great, and defeat sugar addiction, if necessary. My goal is to help my clients feel better, look better, stop mood swings, and regain control of their eating.

My unique approach has helped to resolve resistant health issues for many clients and remove the mystery around troublesome eating behaviors.

Simone de Beauvoir wrote, "Confidence in the body is confidence in the self." That quotation has become my professional mission. I love to help clients increase confidence in their bodies and restore trust and confidence in the body and the self. That is true empowerment.

I specialize in diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sugar addiction, cravings, binge eating, mood issues, inflammation, and fueling for athletics without sugar.

Books Joan has Published

Stronger Than Sugar

7 Simple Steps To Defeat Sugar Addiction, Lift Your Mood and Transform Your Health

Many people struggle with weight, blood pressure, diabetes and more -- but can't fix the problem because they're stuck on sugar. This book can help you learn to use ordinary food to change your brain and conquer sugar addiction, so you can transform your health and your moods -- and stay healthy, even, and in control.

Articles Joan has Published
Is Your BP High?  How’s Your Insulin?
Is Your BP High?  How’s Your Insulin?

Is Your BP High? How's Your Insulin? by Joan Kent, PhD This brief post is just a quick reminder about your metabolic health. Metabolic conditions comprise diabetes, hypertension, high triglycerides, cholesterol, »

Is Your BP High? How's Your Insulin? by Joan Kent, PhD This brief post is just a quick reminder about your metabolic health. Metabolic conditions comprise diabetes, hypertension, high triglycerides, cholesterol, arterial plaque, heart disease, cancers, and PCOS. High blood pressure Hypertension is common, so let's look at that. We usually hear that we should limit sodium if we have blood pressure concerns...

Joan Kent · April 13th, 2019

Joan Kent · April 13th, 2019

But I Want Food to Be Natural !?!
But I Want Food to Be Natural !?!

But I Want Food to Be Natural !?! By Joan Kent, PhD Several years ago, in a workshop on recovering from food addictions, a participant objected to what she felt were unfair eating restrictions. "I just »

But I Want Food to Be Natural !?! By Joan Kent, PhD Several years ago, in a workshop on recovering from food addictions, a participant objected to what she felt were unfair eating restrictions. "I just want food to be natural," she said. Interesting comment. Let's deconstruct it. My take on her "wanting food to be natural" was that she wanted to eat whatever appealed to her at the moment, with no restrictions,..

Joan Kent · April 9th, 2019

Joan Kent · April 9th, 2019

Will Mindfulness & Curiosity Cure Your Food Cravings?
Will Mindfulness & Curiosity Cure Your Food Cravings?

Will Mindfulness & Curiosity Cure Your Food Cravings? By Joan Kent, PhD Not long ago, Judson Brewer, M.D. gave a TEDMED talk. He proposed "curiosity" or increased mindfulness as the definitive cure »

Will Mindfulness & Curiosity Cure Your Food Cravings? By Joan Kent, PhD Not long ago, Judson Brewer, M.D. gave a TEDMED talk. He proposed "curiosity" or increased mindfulness as the definitive cure for a craving or an addiction – regardless of the type of addiction. Over the years, I've encountered a wide variety of cravings cures. Some of them assume cravings are imaginary, all in your head...

Joan Kent · April 7th, 2019

Joan Kent · April 7th, 2019

Bottom Line:  How Sugar Affects Your Appetite
Bottom Line:  How Sugar Affects Your Appetite

Bottom Line: How Sugar Affects Your Appetite By Joan Kent, PhD Here's some information you may not know about how sugar affects appetite. Endorphins The part of the brain that causes satiety – the feeling »

Bottom Line: How Sugar Affects Your Appetite By Joan Kent, PhD Here's some information you may not know about how sugar affects appetite. Endorphins The part of the brain that causes satiety – the feeling we've had enough food and don't need to eat for a while – is the VMH (ventromedial hypothalamus). Sugar triggers endorphins (beta-endorphin). Endorphins inhibit the VMH. So we may want more food..

Joan Kent · April 1st, 2019

Joan Kent · April 1st, 2019