We all have a unique relationship with food. This relationship is often formed by food memories, our food environment, and our physiological response to It all. Understanding these dynamics can create a personal sense of clarity and agency. This kind of agency could also lead us into behaviours and actions which restore a healthy, and even more importantly, happy connection between mood and food.
I offer a few of approaches to food psychology, depending on your particular situation. For instance, if you would like to explore your connections between mood and food in a cooking class environment, have a look at Option 1. If however, you want to take a deep dive into your history and take a more therapeutic approach, have a look at Option 2, where we shop together, cook together, and process your particular food story in a compassionate environment which promotes understanding, relevance, and clarity. The process, outlined below, are the beginning steps in this journey. Option 3, is for individuals or organisations which would like to explore mood and food interactions in hospitality environments. This workshop focuses on supporting people who seek to create good food and experiences for their customers, but who are doing so in largely unhealthy ways both personally and or culturally.
All of these options can be done individually, or in groups as suits you.
Option 1 - A Mood / Food Experience
In this 2 hour cooking experience, we'll explore the connections between mood and food by preparing a four course meal that helps tell the story of your lived experience. For starters, we'll discuss early food memories and make an appetiser which speaks to your sense of nostalgia. Next, we'll create an entree connecting these memories with what's important to you today. The main will be a culinary realisation of what's truly relevant to your ongoing food journey. And finally, we'll design a dessert which expresses what makes you happy about eating, and life in general.
This experience can be with just yourself or with a friend, or a small group if you like.
Option 2 - A mood/food deep Dive
The first step in this journey is about looking back, identifying important food memories and associations which have mapped to our thinking and habits.
Cooking a favourite meal together allows us to celebrate your values while acknowledging memories and habits which may promote, or diminish your health and happiness.
Healthy, happy connections with food require a deep understanding of our physiology. Tracking certain biomarkers, getting a family history, and supplementing our eating will likely round out the food / mood connections.