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Eat Your Way To Happiness

Nutritionist Alice Mackintosh mental health advocate Rachel Kelly shares four ways to uplift your mood through the way you eat.

  • 01

    Plan Your Meals

    Eating regular meals helps to maintain blood sugar levels which is essential for maintaining our moods. When our blood sugar levels dip our body switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing stress hormones that heighten anxiety levels. Plan and prepare your meals ahead of time to create a structure in your eating.

    women eating a flower with a look of happiness on her face
  • 02

    Eat A Range Of Whole Food Groups.

    Instead of shortlisting a few ‘superfoods’, take a varied approach to the food you eat. Food works better combined than in isolation. This also guards against common nutrient deficiencies.

  • 03

    Listen to Your Gut

    Observe the exchange between the food you eat and how you are feeling. Eating well is as much about what is on your mind, as what is on your plate. If you are feeling sluggish, Kelly recommends preparing easy dishes that stimulate the appetite. Bitter and peppery flavoured foods like rocket, grapefruit and basil are great appetite and nutrition boosters.

  • 04

    Take Pleasure in Preparation

    Take the time to prepare your meals mindfully. Cooking can be a reassuring ritual and an extension of your meditation routine. When preparing a meal, you have to stand still, so this might encourage you to enjoy the moment.

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Alice Mackintosh

Alice Mackintosh is a fully certified nutritional therapist practicing in London. Alice regularly writes for magazines and newspapers; and is often invited to comment on a host of nutritional matters on BBC World News and BBC Radio 4. In 2017 she teamed up with established author, client and friend Rachel Kelly to create bestselling book The Happy Kitchen – Good Mood Food, a guide to eating for mental health based on 140 pieces of scientific research.Alice is a proud member of the two leading governing bodies for nutrition and complementary healthcare – the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)  and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Follow Alice:

Instagram: @alicemackintosh_nutrition

Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly is a British author and mental health advocate. She has worked as a journalist at The Times, and is the author of the books Black RainbowWalking on SunshineThe Happy Kitchen and Singing in the Rain

Follow Rachel:

Instagram: @rachelfkelly