It’s easy, in the cold, dreary days of lockdown, to turn to comfort food
But what we eat has a significant impact on both our physical and mental health.
Anne-Marie Minihane, director of the Norfolk Institute for Healthy Ageing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, has offered tips to ensure we look after our health in lockdown.
We are all feeling the pressure of lockdown, but we should be aware of its impacts on our diet. In the short term, stress can shut down appetite, Professor Minihane said, but if it persists the opposite can happen, increasing appetite and motivation to eat.
It can also affect food preferences, including the intake of food high in fat and sugar.
Her tips come ahead of our Open Up event, a series of virtual workshops, interviews and debates relating to our mental health on Friday, February 12.
One session, from 3.30pm to 4pm, will focus on nutrition and your mind, including a discussion on food is so key for our wellbeing.
As well as Professor Minihane, Mark Hitchcock, managing director of UEA’s health and social care partnership, and chef Galton Blackiston will also be speaking.
Mr Blackiston will then take viewers through a recipe stage by stage in a demonstration.
Open Up is run in conjunction with Norfolk County Council, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group and Mind Norfolk and Waveney.
To sign up to the event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-up-tickets-138246449853
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