It’s no secret that good nutrition is essential for maintaining optimum physical health. However our mental health can also be optimised by the foods we eat. My recipes have been researched to provide nutrition not only for our bodies, but also for our minds to help manage the mental illnesses discussed in my blog.
Our food intake sometimes needs to be modified depending on medications taken. It’s always best to check first with your psychiatrist to see if there are any foods you should avoid. I remember Jessie was initially diagnosed with ADHD, and I was given a printed sheet of foods to consume and foods to avoid. She was happy when her diagnosis and medication changed as many of the items she had to avoid were some of her favourite vegies.
In the name of healthy eating, here are some general tips:
• Eat regularly throughout the day.
• Reduce refined high sugar foods and drinks.
• Eat more wholegrain cereals, pulses, fruit and vegetables.
• Include protein with each meal
• Eat a wide variety of foods.
• Include oily fish (omega 3 fatty acids) 2-3 times per week.
• Maintain adequate fluid intake daily.
Recipes will also include comfort foods that feed the soul.
Our souls sometimes need a special kind of nutrition. Food for the soul evokes feelings of comfort and peace and are therefore really enjoyable to eat. Comfort foods to me are generally hot foods, consumed on cold, rainy days – literally and metaphorically. However, just because I can, I’m going to include a few of my favourite summer treats in this category as well.