The Happy Kitchen: Seven Lessons in Good Mood Food with Rachel Kelly and Alice Mackintosh
Can you eat for happiness? Author Rachel Kelly, who has had a history of depression, shares her personal experience of harnessing the power of food. Over the course of five years, she has worked with nutritional therapist Alice Mackintosh to build up a range of recipes, designed to boost energy, relieve low mood, comfort a troubled mind, support hormonal balance and help you sleep soundly.
In this Idler Academy online course, Rachel and Alice explain the principles of eating for happiness by introducing seven easy and nutritious recipes from their book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food. Learn more about the mood-enhancing power of ingredients like Vitamin B and raw cacao, and find joy in cooking food that improves wellbeing.
Introduction: Rachel’s Story
Lesson One: Balanced Energy – Nutritiously nutty granola (21 mins)
Lesson Two: Beating the Blues – Happy Smoothie (24 mins)
Lesson Three: Nice and Calm – Sundried Tomato Hummus (22 mins)
Lesson Four: Mental Clarity – Alice’s Creamy Scrambled Eggs (17 mins)
Lesson Five: Hormonal Peace – Three Bean Salad (24 mins)
Lesson Six: Sweet Dreams – Midnight dip (15 mins)
Lesson Seven: Comfort Food – Dark Chocolate Brazil Nut Brownies (25 mins)
About the tutors
In her early thirties, Rachel Kelly suffered two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition, and her recovery, in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people. Her memoir Black Rainbow was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014, and her second book on wellbeing Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness is an international bestseller and has been published in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.
Rachel now speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery to help educate and break stigma. She is an official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, Young Minds, Sane and The Counselling Foundation, and her latest book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, co-authored with Alice Mackintosh, was published in January 2017.
Alice Mackintosh, (Hons) Phys, BSc (Hons) NT, mBant, originally set out to qualify as a medical doctor, but ultimately felt that taking a natural approach to healthcare seemed a more effective way of helping others. She has degrees in both Nutritional Therapy and Biomedical Sciences and now works as a consultant in London’s Harley Street.