Are you getting enough ‘good’ food? The word means something different to everyone, but we’re talking about the kind of sustenance that helps boost your mood because it helps your brain .
Food containing Omega 3 is a big part of this idea. It’s a ‘good fat’ that our bodies use to build brain cells. It even helps with cognitive capabilities such as memory function. We can’t produce it naturally though, that’s why we need to make sure to get it through the food we eat. That’s why eating well can really help your brain to help you feel good.
Brits find it too easy to turn to the wrong kinds of food when we’re feeling down. Fast food, sugary treats… the usual suspects. That’s why we teamed up with nutritionist Kimberley Wilson. Together, we want to spread the message of how what we eat can actually affect our outlook – and even bring you some recipes that are sure to raise a smile.
The way we think about mental health – as separate from physical health – is flawed. My philosophy of Whole Body Mental Health is a comprehensive approach to mental health care; integrating evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle factors with psychological therapy.
A former finalist on the Great British Bake Off, and an award-winning food producer with a degree in nutrition, my work looks at the role food and lifestyle plays in our mental health, including disordered eating, the gut-brain axis and our emotional relationship with food.
I am a Chartered Psychologist, and a Governor of an NHS Mental Health Trust and the former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Training Committee in Counselling Psychology – the group responsible for monitoring and assessing the standards of Counselling Psychology training across the UK.
I am passionate about the power of psychology to transform lives and I’m committed to demystifying the theories and putting the information into the hands of the people who need it.
My first book How to Build a Healthy Brain was published by Yellow Kite in March 2020.
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