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Rachel and Alice advocate plenty of fab
mood foods in your diet such as fish, nuts, seeds,
wholegrains such as oats and quinoa, spices, eggs,
avocado, a variety of seasonal vegetables and some
fermented foods such as olives or sauerkraut. Most
importantly the message of `the happy kitchen' is
simply experiment with your food and enjoy.
To listen to this interview in full visit The Food
Teacher on UK Health Radio.
About the Author:
The Food Teacher, Katharine
Tate, has worked as a
teacher and education
consultant internationally
in primary and secondary
schools for over 20 years.
Qualified as a registered
nutritional therapist,
Katharine, combines her
unique education and nutrition expertise to offer
schools, organisations and families advice, education
programmes, practical workshops, and individual/
family clinical consultations. Katharine also presents
The Food Teacher show on UK Health Radio where
she discusses the importance of food for health and
wellbeing. She has published 2 books: `Heat-Free
Cookery for Primary Schools'. Look out for The Food
Teacher at Food Festivals and events throughout the
country during 2017.
fats help to build brain structure and neurons.
They also help to make the chemical messengers
in the brain, which make communication quicker.
It's also valuable reducing omega-6 fats, which can
increase inflammation and also affect mood. Foods
rich in omega-6 fats include processed/junk food
and plant based oils.
Alice and Rachel also reflect on the famous
Hippocrates quote, `All disease begins in the gut'.
They explain that our digestive system can become
inflamed and not work properly, which will impact
on our mood. There is a nerve from our brain
down to our digestive system connecting the two
which is how they communicate so an unhappy
gut = an unhappy brain. Signs that your digestion
system isn't working optimally include a feeling of
a tight knot in stomach, feeling sick with nerves,
bloated, pain, feeling full, reflux, changes in bowel
movement and burping a lot.
Hormones can also play a huge part in influencing
moods. Fluctuations in oestrogen levels can lead to
changes in mood and anxiety so it's vital for woman
to try to manage their stress levels. Focusing on
keeping hydrated, eating magnesium rich foods and
iodine can be beneficial as this supports the liver
detoxification pathways. This can be particularly
helpful for teenagers, menopausal women and
pregnant women.