Tracy Thomas - July 17th Luncheon on "Food and Mood: How the Gut Influences the Brain"

  • July 17, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.


  • This is the standard rate for non- SB CAMFT members and guests.
  • This special discounted rate is a SB CAMFT member benefit available to current members of the Santa Barbara CAMFT Chapter.

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Register now for the July 17th luncheon at the University Club (from 11:30-1:30).

Tracy Thomas, MA, NTP, CGP - Luncheon Speaker on "Food and Mood: How The Gut Influences The Brain.

This luncheon will focus on the new body of medical literature showing poor gut health to be a causal factor in chronic mental health conditions such as anxiety and depressive disorders. Known as the gut-brain axis, researchers are finding that there is constant bi-directional communication not only from the brain down to the gut, but from the gut up to the brain.

The collective landscape of the gut, including the trillions of microbes that live there, play an important role in the messages to the brain that directly affect mood and behavior. By improving the environment of the gut to support positive messaging, one can create the causes and conditions to improve mood and reduce perceptions of stress. 

Topics covered: 

  • How the gut communicates with the brain 
  • Conditions in the gut that impact mood 
  • How the food we eat changes messaging to the brain 
  • The role of the microbiome in anxiety and depressive disorders 
  • Ideal diet to optimize positive gut-brain communication 
  • How negative emotional states affect microbial messaging in a negative feedback loop 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify 2 key medical studies showing a causal relationship between the gut and mood.
  • Participants will be able to name and identify 4 underlying physiological conditions that trigger anxiety and depressive disorders.
  • Participants will be able to state 5 dietary and lifestyle choices that increase beneficial and positive gut-brain messaging. 

Tracy Thomas, MA, NTP, CGP is an accomplished gut-brain expert, specializing in nutrition and the microbiome. She brings to life how the food we eat changes the landscape of our gut and the microbes that live there, which in turn, send corresponding messages to the brain that impact mood. She holds a Master's Degree and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner (CGP).

Also, a special thank you to our luncheon sponsor: OOTify.

OOTify is a mental health community and mobile application that helps Providers incorporate innovative telehealth and refreshing marketing into their practice, while improving access to mental healthcare for users.

Please Note:

  • Attendees will earn 1.5 CEUs 

  • Attendees must register and pay in advance in order to attend

  • Your registration includes a delicious lunch buffet. Please contact the Events Director if you have special dietary needs or grievances at events@SBCAMFT.ORG

  • You are welcome to park in the University Club parking lot in unreserved spaces

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA Compliant.

For more information and online registration, click on the following link: Tracy Thomas, MA, NTP, CGP - July 17 Luncheon Speaker on "Food and Mood: How The Gut Influences The Brain.


We look forward to seeing you there! 

Warm regards,

Rebecca Capps, Events Director
Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT
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