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Healing meals

Author of The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, Rachel Kelly, shares her experience of discovering how food can be medicine for the mind; how she stopped taking antidepressants and found calm


More than a decade ago, I remember the exact moment when I decided I would try and reduce my dependence on antidepressants. I was emerging from my second serious depressive episode, and had begun to pick up the reins of my life – but I had ballooned in weight, and still felt desperately passive, like a powerless insect trapped in amber. I had come to rely on others in my battle to beat the blues, chiefly psychiatrists who dispensed drugs. One sunny morning, when I was still lying in bed at 11am, I resolved to find other ways to stay calm and well.

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