Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff: The New Revolution – Foods that Make You Feel Fabulous!


In a recent interview with the renowned Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, a pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, we delved into the profound connection between our well-being and the foods we consume. With over three decades of experience as a primary care physician, Dr. Ostroff shared her journey and insights into the transformative power of food on our mood and overall health.

Dr. Ostroff began by emphasizing the intimate relationship we have with our outside world through the food we eat and the equally intimate connection with our inner world, dictated by the way we feel. Drawing attention to the gut as the “second brain,” she explained how the gut, with its 100 million neurons, plays a pivotal role in influencing our mood, surpassing even external factors.

Her journey with the impact of food on well-being commenced at the tender age of two when she found herself rushed to the emergency room for exploratory surgery. The cause of her distress? An unconventional diet of vanilla ice cream instead of mother’s milk, orchestrated by her well-meaning grandfather. The medical attention she received failed to uncover the root cause, leading to the removal of her appendix, yet no consideration of the way she was being fed.

Despite the surgery, Dr. Ostroff continued to grapple with stomach aches and accompanying depression for the next 25 years. This personal struggle ignited her passion to understand the profound connection between gut health, food, and emotional well-being. Determined to heal herself and assist others facing similar challenges, she embarked on a lifelong journey into the world of holistic medicine.

As a primary care physician specializing in mind-body medicine, Dr. Ostroff has positively impacted the lives of over 10,000 individuals. Her observations revealed a staggering statistic – up to 90% of people she encounters have issues related to their digestive system, directly influencing their emotional well-being.

The current landscape, exacerbated by the challenges of the pandemic, reflects a concerning surge in adult depression. Dr. Ostroff highlighted that cases have skyrocketed from 10.2% in 2019 to 32.8% in 2021. Despite the substantial increase in prescriptions filled (over 6.8 billion in 2021), only 12% of the population is considered healthy by conventional medical standards. This disconcerting gap in health outcomes underscores the need to identify and treat the root cause of people’s problems.

Dr. Ostroff posed a thought-provoking question: how many of us have experienced stomach aches and depression in our lifetime? Her proposition is intriguing – if there is a way to overcome these life-draining, energy, and mood disruptors through the power of food, wouldn’t it be worth exploring? After all, we all eat, and as Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wisely said in 500 BC, “Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.”

The crux of Dr. Ostroff’s philosophy lies in the transformative potential of embracing a mindful approach to eating. She advocates for a shift in our relationship with food, viewing it not just as sustenance but as a powerful tool for enhancing our well-being. Her message is clear – by changing the way we eat, we can change the way we feel.

In conclusion, Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff emerges as a visionary in the holistic health space, bridging the gap between traditional medicine and a more profound understanding of the mind-body connection. Her journey, coupled with extensive experience as a healer, positions her as a beacon of hope for those seeking a holistic approach to health and well-being. As we navigate the complexities of modern life, perhaps the key to feeling fabulous lies not in a pill but in the wisdom of embracing life-enhancing food from nature, as a powerful ally on our journey to optimal health and happiness.