Here in Shouldham in West Norfolk; Chalk & Cheese, West Norfolk MIND and Nutrition in Norfolk teamed up to present an enchanting ‘Mood Enhancing’ Spring evening to raise funds for the local MIND, a very worthy cause.
The evening was just delightful, as a relaxing aroma permeated the restaurants, relaxing music gently played in the background, there was soft candle lighting to dine by and a gentle breeze swaying under the veranda.
With my nutritional knowledge, the chef and I put together a menu to lift the mood and relax the senses. Succulent salmon with a tamarind and anti-inflammatory turmeric coating, provided the omega 3 oils along with walnuts in the vegetarian loaf and again in the chef’s special carrot and walnut cake.
There was tryptophan rich chicken with a tryptophan rich sunflower seed sauce and choline rich eggs and `yes’ chocolate featured in the desserts.
Blueberries and spring greens were all part of the meal and these provided a rich supply of anti-oxidants.
So to explain why the food choices :
How and why these foods can help support our brain health, which after all is what plays a big part in whether we see the world ‘half empty or half full’!
- Omega 3 oils are essential for the health of the protective myelin sheath around nerve fibres and this helps to keep nerve impulses travelling successfully along the nerve fibres. They are essential for the health of brain cell membranes to provide good messaging systems and are involved in the production of neurotransmitters, the chemical messaging systems that transmit nerve impulses. So very important for good brain function and a healthy mood.
- Tryptophan is an amino acid broken down from protein and is a precursor to the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin and serotonin is a precursor to melatonin which is the sleep promoting hormone.
- Choline is required in the diet to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter especially involved in memory.
- And then the anti-oxidants are needed especially to keep the fats/oils in the brain from oxidising and becoming damaged harmful toxic fats.
We had a few moments talking about these essential components in the diet and about the health benefits of stabilising blood sugar to reduce high secretions of the fat storing hormone insulin and how to prevent dips in blood sugar which leads to low mood and poor energy.
Stabilising blood sugar will also reduce the risk of common 21st century degenerative diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart problems, strokes, Alzheimer’s etc.
This was a veritable feast for the mind and body and we raised just over £100 to support the work of our local MIND group.
For those that want to loose weight this is the best and most healthy way you can do it and if you want to know more call Jane on 01366 347452 for a free 30 minutes appointment to find out how this can work for you.