Food is fuel, but this mantra goes deeper than most realize. To support a good mood and be resilient against depression and anxiety, you need to support your bodies biochemistry with the right nutrition. This is includes both macronutrients like fat, carbs, and protein, as well as micronutrients that feed and support your bodies biochemistry to produce feel good neurotransmitters.
Our bodies and minds are also happier when they get to move, get enough sleep, and are connected to nature. Here on the Root Deep Nutrition and Wellness website, you will find information and resources to help, inspire, and guide you towards immediately actionable steps you can take towards and healthier and happier you.
Like the roots of a tree, diet and lifestyle are foundational to our wellbeing, and make you stronger to weather life’s storms. We all know the ride we call life is full of twists, turns, challenges, and lulls that can feel like we may fall right off the edge sometimes. Nutrition and lifestyle nourish us and support us to rise to the challenges life throws at us.
Here you can find information about nutrition, both culinary and clinical. Learn more about nutrition and support resilience against depression with foods and nutrients. I strive to use evidence based, peer reviewed literature sources of information. Blog articles are cited so you can go back and look at the research yourself. We will post recipes sometimes centered around foods that can support your health and well-being. And we will sometimes post videos to help you gain confidence in the kitchen to work with fresh ingredients for meals that are tasty, fresh, nutritious, and beautiful.
We are also avid gardeners and self declared suburban homesteaders, finding that these projects breath life into life, foster confidence, a sense of achievement, and independence in a world where everything else feels like Amazon delivered it (we use Amazon, too, no shame, but it’s nice to break out of the mold sometimes). Get inspired to grow food at home, be successful at it, and taste the fruits of the seeds you sewed.
Apple picking with my son in 2017
Hi, my name is Anne Marie Berggren. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has been helping others with acute and chronic illnesses in a traditional hospital clinical setting since 2006. I’ve always had a passion for the integrative, alternative, and complementary healing arts which led me to complete training in integrative and functional nutrition. Continuously learning and growing in this area is a passion of mine, researching through evidence based resources. You will find a lot of Pubmed article links in the blog posts.
In my life I’ve struggled with health issues that were not adequately addressed with traditional Western Medicine. While there is much to be respectfully thankful for and is essential and useful in our current healthcare system, the truth is that it is lacking and does not always dig deep enough into the needs of the individual. Cleaning up my diet and lifestyle carried me a long way towards feeling better, but training in integrative and functional wellness has allowed me to feel better in ways I never knew were possible for me. Like peeling the layers of an onion, you can get to core issues that affect your health. I have worked on my gut health, adrenal health, and emotional well being utilizing food, supplements, sleep practices, and a holistic approach to feel dramatically better. My dream is to share these tools and knowledge with others to support true health and wellness. You can see my credentials below.
My husband, David Rickmers, has more refined culinary skills than me (by farrr) and is better on camera. He is now an art teacher in his career, but has a couple of decades of high end restaurant experience, without any false pretenses. He built all of our garden beds, fruit trellises, and our chicken coup. It may have taken me several years to convince him that he, too, wanted all of that. We live on only a third of an acre, but did that stop us? Nope. We have 12 fruit trees, 2 berry trellises and 1 berry patch, 7 raised beds, a 3 section compost bin, and a chicken coop.
We are so happy that you are here and hope you will come back again and again to see what we have been up to, pick up some information that helps you in your own cultivation of happiness, and get inspired to dig deep with Root Deep Nutrition and Wellness!
Anne Marie Berggren
Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist (RDN) with MS Degree
Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN)
Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT)
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP)
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician