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Self Care Advent Calendar Day 20

Oh my goodness – just 5 days to go!

Yesterday I started looking at the senses and your hearing got a little TLC.

Today can I suggest that you pay a little attention to your tastebuds?

For many of us one of the greatest joys in life is our sense of taste. Personally I just love to eat beautiful foods and drink amazing drinks. I very rarely drink alcohol, but when I do it’s an excuse to try a cocktail with some new flavours.

What sort of tastes stimulate you? Some have a sweet tooth, some prefer things more savoury. Some like it hot, others mild. For me the combination of sweet, sour, salt, chilli and oumami that you tend to get in Thai foods really works.

One of the greatest gifts I ever gave myself was to enjoy the taste of foods that are good for me. I used to hate salmon – all fish in fact. I did like chilli, so in order to be able to eat a piece of salmon (which you are recommended to eat twice a week to get all the lovely healthy oils from)  I used to make salmon fish cakes with enough chilli in to mask the taste of the fish. I can’t say as I really enjoyed them to start with, but I did get used to them. There is a theory that if you eat any food every day for 3 weeks then you will start to like the taste. I didn’t eat it every day – just a couple of times a week. Slowly, over time, I began to enjoy it. I started changing up the recipe, less chilli, more salmon. Then I started cooking salmon in the pan and eating it with salads, or baking it in the oven and eating it with some steamed veggies. Now I actively look forward to eating it. I don’t eat it just because I should, but because I want to.

Self care is a balance. It’s balancing what’s good for you with a little of what you like. Sometimes that’s eating healthy, nutritious food. Sometimes it’s giving yourself a treat (just make sure it is a treat and doesn’t become the norm – if you’re doing it more than twice a week it’s getting a bit routine!). The ultimate win is when you find something that is both healthy and that you look forward to.

So my challenge for you today is a choice. I’d like you to eat/drink something that you find yummy – really yummy – but if you’re up for it I would also like you to choose a food that you think you should eat more of (fish, vegetables,whole grains, nuts etc) and work on ways of incorporating them into your diet. Clearly you shouldn’t eat anything that you are allergic to, or even if you just have a reaction to, but a mixed healthy diet is one of the best ways I know to take care of yourself.

Changing your diet can be difficult on your own. If you are looking for ways to release yourself from fussy eating habits, or just from eating too much junk, then you don’t have to do it on your own. There are people out there – like hypnotherapists – who can make it a lot easier for you.


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Here’s to Fish and Chips Friday!


Guess what I’m having for dinner.


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Eat your way to Happiness


It is often said you are what you eat, and those of you that follow my blog will already know that I am a firm believer in using food as medicine – and that includes using it as an anti-depressant.

Some foods are particularly good at keeping your moods balanced and your thoughts positive.

If you think that sounds a bit odd, just think of it this way. Your brain is, in effect controlling, your hormones and your thoughts. These two things are the main factors in causing depression. By eating foods that support your brain chemistry and give it a regular supply of the nutrients it needs, you are keeping it healthy. This means that it can properly regulate your hormones and ensure that a regular supply of ‘happy hormones’ like serotonin are being produced.

The food I want to highlight today is Mackerel

Mackerel and Sardines are among a type of fish, known as oily fish, which can help prevent depression.

Oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which have antidepressant and anti inflammatory properties.

Recent studies have shown that new onset depression can be significantly reduced just by eating mackerel twice a week or by taking a supplement if you really can’t face eating the fish.

It has other benefits as well. Omega-3 is thought to help with joint pain and stiffness as well as being touted as an aid to learning and concentration.

So keep young, healthy, supple, clever and happy with these amazing little fish.

I know what I’m having for dinner tonight.



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