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Mood Food

WHY A VARIED WHOLEFOOD VEGAN DIET CAN HELP BEAT THE BLUES

Our pace of life has changed beyond recognition over the last century and many of us have difficulty keeping up. Take a long weekend away and you return to 300 emails. Walk with your kids in the park and your mobile phone rings and texts beckon. You’re always accessible and expected to respond immediately.

Information comes belting at us from across the world and it’s impossible to keep up, to know everything you feel you should. The average British diet has changed, too — becoming more refined and sugary and more laden with meat, dairy, eggs, fat and alcohol.

Does it matter? It does and is partly why a survey of 37,000 people for Optimum Nutrition UK, found that:

• 82 per cent of people in the UK said they become impatient quickly;

• 80 per cent reported low energy levels;

• 67 per cent felt they have too much to do;

• and 64 per cent became anxious or tense easily.

In 2016, GPs wrote a record number of prescriptions for antidepressants in England — a staggering 65 million, about double the amount ten years previously (NHS Digital). Other people turn to yoga, meditation, self-help books and counsellors but very few who are mentally stressed ever think of improving their diet. Truth is, our brains can’t function properly without a good diet, let alone imbue us with the right mood.

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Welcome to our December issue of PlantBased magazine. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, we’re not holding back on the festive food in this issue — it is the most indulgent of seasons and we’re packed full of amazing plant based meals. December is a month that seems to bring people together more so than any other. Day-to-day we go about our busy lives and often get caught up in the things that aren’t important, but at this time of year we come together, spread love and remember all the great things we are so privileged to have. I know that I will be surrounding myself with all the people that matter most for the entirety of the festive season. Christmas dinner is often billed as the most important meal of the year. This can make the entire experience rather stressful, and there is nothing worse than feeling stressed in the kitchen. Check out our top tips for avoiding Christmas stress alongside your guide to creating a delicious Christmas feast, with not one, not two, but three stunning roast dinner mains. Don’t miss our hearty and fluffy Yorkshire puddings either, puddings without eggs are something that many vegans have struggled to achieve, but I've tried these first hand and can’t wait to make them myself on Christmas day. Stepping away from the December spirit for a moment and a recent trip to Amsterdam provided me with the opportunity to eat a whole lot of incredible food. Find out all about the food I ate, and how to make a veganised version of the traditional dish of stamppot too. I look forward to seeing you all in 2018, for issue 4, where we’re going to be bringing you a magazine packed with cleaner recipes to help kick-start your new year in a very healthy way.
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