Nutritionists have emphasized the importance of what we put into our bodies for our mental health.

Ham & High: The Mental Health of Our Community – A day of online events on May 21st with assistance and guidance – will culminate with a discussion of the effects of diet on people’s wellbeing and mood.

Among the panellists will be James Clark, a specialist nutritionist for the NHS; Kris Hall, founder of The Burnt Chef Project, a nonprofit addressing mental health issues in the hospitality industry; and Lorenzo Stella, manager of Hampsteads Restaurant La Gaffe.

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 (May 10-16), Kris said, “The effects of a balanced diet are critical to our mental health and wellbeing.

“With 90% of the serotonin – our happiness hormone – produced in the gut, the role of nutrition has never been more important in maintaining balanced mental health.

“The Burnt Chef Project is proud to support Ham & High: our community’s mental health event to raise awareness on this important topic.”

Ham & High: The Mental Health of Our Community

Ham & High: The Mental Health of Our Community
– Credit: Archant

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The discussion on nutrition examines the relationship between what we eat and how we feel and the effects of diet on the brain.

The panel will be held as part of a series of Zoom webinars. The event is supported by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Thrive LDN and SANE and sponsored by Barnet Fostering and the UCL Academy.

“Food is central to our lives,” said Lorenzo.

“It’s part of our social fabric as people around the world. And the importance of food and nutrition to the mental side of our wellbeing is seldom considered.

“We all understand the effects of a balanced diet on our physical health. However, the importance for our brain health should not be underestimated.

“Certain foods, tastes or the smell of a certain dish can change the feeling in that moment, and the feeling of satisfaction after a good meal determines our mood for the rest of the day.

“As we continue to explore and expand our understanding and appreciation of mental health, the ham and high, which highlight the relationship between diet and how we feel every day, should not be underestimated.”

Register here for free for Ham & High: The Mental Health of Our Community.

Bernardo, Androulla and Lorenzo Stella pictured in 2012

Bernardo (left) and Androulla Stella (center), who opened the La Gaffe restaurant before 1972, together with their son Lorenzo (right), who now runs the business
– Photo credit: Nigel Sutton