Five golden rules for a happy kitchen

Eat mostly plants

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate a large variety of whole, unrefined plants. Huge changes to the human diet over the past 200 years may have run ahead of our ability to adapt.

Use herbs and spices

Alice and I use saffron and turmeric a lot in our recipes as they may help alleviate depression. Saffron has been used in healing for thousands of years. Scientists are continuing research into how curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can help with major depressive episodes.

Go nuts

Seeds are the eggs of the plant world. They contain all the genetic instructions and nutrients to produce life, including magnesium, B vitamins, selenium and calcium, along with protein and healthy fats.

Eat for your gut, ‘the second brain’

To feel calm, flourish and avoid inflammation, we need to encourage healthy bacteria, so don’t resort to antibiotics unless absolutely needed, and don’t overdo alcohol, fatty cuts of meat, gluten, burnt food and processed foods.

Fats are friends

The main fats to remember are the omegas – omega-3 being the most important to a happy diet and found in oily fish, spirulina (the nutrition-rich algae), walnuts and seeds.

By Dr Rachel Kelly