When I first heard the term “psychobiotic food pyramid,” I thought to myself, Oh boy, they’re finally using robots to dictate the nutritional needs of humans.As it turns out, my first interpretation was wrong. The pyramid is, in fact, an Oprah Winfrey-approved way to eat for your gut health
Like the old school nutritional pyramid of your middle school days, the psychobiotic food pyramid couldn’t be more intuitive. The model was created by John Cryan, PhD, and Ted Dinan, PhD, of the University of Cork, who authored the book The Psychobiotic Revolution with journalist Scott C. Anderson. It’s taken off as a simple approach to the muddled topic of eating a gut-healthy diet. Here’s how the breakdown works, according to Psychology Today.
The base layer is made up of veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes, olive oil, herbs, spices Consume:Daily
This one is all about fish, seafood, and fermented foods. Consume: Often
Here’s where you’ll find your poultry, eggs, and dairy! Consume:Weekly
Red meat and sweets get the tiniest square footage on the triangle. Consume: Rarely
Once you get the hang of planning weekly meals based on the principals of the pyramid, what you end up with is an entirely new way of eating for your digestion. “A lot of variables are involved with psychobiotic balance, including diet, exercise, genetics, immunity and hormones,” writes Anderson for Oprah.com. “It’s an exquisitely complex system, and your success will depend on keeping all of these factors in top shape.”
When you’re giving the model a whirl, Anderson says that lessening the foods you eat from layers three and four is more important than upping the precious nutrients of layers one and two. Then, you can start experimenting with all beans, low-mercury fish, nuts, and a rainbow of vegetables. What you’re left with is an eating style that follows the Nordic and Mediterranean diets.
Wow, how very hip and cool of you.
And you can also eat for your brain and your liver!