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The term you are what you eat is more than just a saying; it is actually a scientifically proved fact. Indeed it seems that happiness begins at the end of your fork.

 

Drew Ramsey, a clinical psychiatrist at Columbia University, and health writer Tyler Graham say that eating the right food is ‘the foundation of good mental health’. When you think about it, it’s only logical to think that the food you eat can have a huge impact on your mood.  So in short to improve our mental and emotional health; stabilise our mood and improve our overall health and wellbeing we need to look at our diets and eat better.

 

Our mood and the food we eat are intrinsically linked. A recent survey conducted by Mind reported that nearly nine out of ten people with a range of mental health issues believed there was a link between mental health and physical health and food was discovered to be a vital link in this equation.  and according to Mal Weeraratne author of ‘Emotional Detox-through bodywork’, is concerned primarily with removing trauma stored in the form of emotions, but as part of his treatment plan he advocates a physical detox and suggests replenishing your system through alkalinity. He writes ‘when dealing with emotional or physical pain we are also programmed to crave sugary foods, as sweet food can actively alleviate pain by reducing opioids. ….whilst there is no harm in consuming high-fat and high-sugar foods from time to time ……sugar foods are acidic and an acid body is a magnet for sickness, disease, cancer and ageing.’ (p39, Emotional Detox through Bodywork by Mal Weeraratne)

 

Before condemning the alkaline diet that has been publicised by celebrities including: Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston as being faddy, you may want to consider it’s scientifically proven benefits. The benefits of the alkaline diet are well documented to include higher energy levels, fat loss, increased concentration and clearer skin.

Acid Foods include:

Meat, poultry, fish and seafood

Eggs

Cheese

Beans

Bread, cereal and grains

Some nuts

 

 

Alkaline Foods

Fruit and natural fruit juices

Vegetable and vegetable juice

You can use a PH test strip to measure the ph in urine, which reflects the acid-alkali balance of blood and tissues can be measured using PH strips. This is a really handy way of monitoring how changes in your diet are affecting your acis/alkaline balance. Urine with a PH value of 7 or more is considered to be healthier than urine of higher acidity.

When it comes to food it can really help lift your mood and keep you on an even keel, a few mood boosting foods include:

1. Cottage cheese

If you’re suffering with some serious PMS, try a snack of cottage cheese on rice cakes for a tryptophan-loaded mood lift, it can really help alleviate tension and stress.

2. Spinach

Spinach has high levels of magnesium and it can help reduce feelings of anxiety, fatigue and depression.

3. Tofu
tofu is a true super-food, laden with super-high levels of tryptophan and is excellent for lifting the mood, its an excellent good mood food.
4. Chocolate – go on treat yourself without guilt.

Just a few squares of good quality dark chocolate per day can boost endorphin levels- it’s the natural mood boost food.  A study by Johns Hopkins University in the USA, found the sugar and fat content in chocolate has a positive effect on mood.

 

These foods are great to incorporate into our weekly diets and fantastic for incorporating into lunchboxes for those times that you just know you’ll be having a tough day at the office or in times when you know you have a pressurised week.

 

I think it’s a great idea to keep a food diary and to chart your food intake and your moods. It’s really surprising how food and your mood are connected and keeping a record of your diet over a month really highlights this link.

 

 

About Seren Charrington-Hollins

Food has always been of great importance to Seren and despite her being renowned for her historical recipe recreations, her culinary skills were not honed, in the kitchens of top restaurants, but in the home kitchen from the age of being able to hold a wooden spoon. When Seren was born her mother was taken ill and so she spent her early years being cared for by her grandmother, Minnie. This was to prove instrumental in the development of Seren’s love of cooking, for her grandmother was an accomplished cook, who’s kitchen was always awash with terrine’s, home-made pastry and traditional puddings. Minnie’s love of good food and her zest for life meant Seren’s childhood was filled with days of hedgerow picking, baking, traditional preserving and cooking recipes from the depths of a family copy of, Mrs. Beeton. She learned from an early age how to make Victorian puddings alongside elaborate noble pies and perhaps this explains her love of pastry making and the reason she won an accolade from The Great British Pie Awards this year. Today Seren has great skill in bringing historical food to life and making it accessible and understandable to the modern cook and diner. Her enthusiasm and love of historical food and British cooking is evident in her presentations and she loves to revive forgotten recipes. She recently took part in ITV1’s Country House Sunday and has given live cookery demonstrations across the country at food festivals, historical houses and castles. Trained as a herbalist and nutritionist, she has a deep understanding of improving health through food. Her interest in historic remedies and herbal folklore eventually extended to researching British food history, and reignited her early passion for cooking. Fifteen years on and Seren has amassed extensive knowledge and is now renowned for her historical food recreations and interpretations. Seren’s interest in food history does not just extend to old recipes and cooking techniques, but to ingredients and manufacturers. From the age of fourteen Seren has collected food and drink packaging from early Victorian to the 1960’s. Her collection is now extensive and provides a wonderful snapshot in time that accompanies her vast knowledge of the development of British food and drink companies throughout history. She also has a huge collection of antique kitchenalia and moulds which she uses to replicate historical recipes and portray past eras. Her training in herbalism and nutrition has not been wasted for despite her merits as a food historian and period cook she also delights in creating British Classic dishes for those with food allergies and intolerances (such as gluten and dairy intolerant). Her botanical knowledge has made her a keen wild food educator and forager that lends unusual as well as historical twists to all her cooking. There are also many points at which food and medicine intertwine throughout history and Seren is able to portray these developments and has also undertaken a lot of research into the British spice trade. To Seren historical food is not a job, but a way of life. Visit Seren's blog: Serenity Kitchen