Feed Your Brain: Call for Contributors
Feed Your Brain is exclusively about food and how it influences your mental health. How what you eat — or don’t eat — can change how you feel, one way or the other. How it can affect your ability to learn new things, remember old things, or just focus on the task at hand. The brain is built from the food you eat, and powered by the nutrients within that food. Food matters.
I’m Maria Cross, the editor. I’ve been working in the field of nutrition for over 25 years, as a consultant, university lecturer, tutor and author, and I started this publication because I saw a real need to highlight the brain-food connection. It’s a much-overlooked area, which is a scandal considering that greater awareness of the facts could transform the lives of people struggling with their mental health, or worried about memory loss.
Could you contribute?
In order to advance awareness of this connection, I’d like to invite writers to submit their own articles. There are two categories of articles that would be suitable.
The first category is personal experience. Especially welcome are submissions from people who have had positive experiences of changing their diet and seeing improvements in their mental health. So many people have left comments on my articles, briefly outlining their personal success stories. These stories are fascinating — and potentially helpful to others.
Personal stories may include, but are not limited to, the following dietary changes:
- Elimination of gluten
- Elimination of sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Following a ketogenic diet
- Practising intermittent fasting
- Eliminating vegetable cooking oils
- Following a paleo-type diet
- Giving up junk food
These personal stories should be inspiring and uplifting. You are not telling other people what to do, because everyone’s individual health is different. But if your story resonates, it may be the start of a healing journey for someone else.
The second category is about the science: articles from nutritionists and other health professionals, and those with a relevant science background are welcome to contribute. If the article is evidence-based, referenced, informative, well-written and above all helpful it may well be suitable for Feed Your Brain. The focus, as ever, must be on diet, nutrition and mental wellbeing.
If you have an article that fits either of those two categories, send in your draft on Medium (see How to submit a draft below). Please also provide a link to a sample of your work.
But before you do anything, please read the guidelines below. And if you haven’t already done so, join Medium’s Partner Program. That way you can get paid for your efforts.
The first rule of writing on Medium is that you must ensure you adhere to Medium’s editorial guidelines. This also means following Medium’s rules on publishing, ads and affiliate links.
Feed Your Brain is looking for unpublished drafts only, unless there is a prior agreement. Your article may not be published elsewhere on Medium — see their rules on duplicate publishing.
Ensure that your draft is well written, fully edited and proof-read before submitting. You may find it helpful to use Grammarly.
Include at least one quality, relevant image that you own or are legally permitted to use. Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels provide images that are free to use.
How to submit a draft
If you have an idea you think may be suitable, please send a link to your draft on Medium to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your article is accepted, you will hear back within 36 hours of submission, and you will be added as a writer. If you don’t hear back, don’t let that stop you from submitting future drafts.
Feed Your Brain reserves the right to edit copy or change images, where necessary.