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HOW TO FIND YOUR HEALTH MOJO…

WORDS: CHARLOTTE JAMESON, BEHAVIOURAL AND PSYCH CONSULTANT

After having a baby I found just a few things challenging. These included not being able to: go for a run when it suited me, sit down to read a book, work on my business, keep the house clean and tidy, get enough sleep, and prepare a nourishing meal.

Interestingly, as a result of these challenges I lost my inspiration in the kitchen. I started to actually despise the thought of having to prepare anything. Perhaps it was because most of the meals I prepared ended up on the floor or splattered over the walls. Granted, the clean up procession following these meals wasn’t exactly exciting and got a tad monotonous. Whatever the reason, my thought process around cooking and how much of a hassle mealtime was had started to take its toll on my body, mind, and soul. That was, until I came across ‘Seasons to Share’.

This is a book about nourishing your body, mind, and soul while you eat and share nutritious food with those who you love. This book highlights the pure joy of sharing great food. As humans, we are social beings who crave social connectedness. This stems from a time when it was vital that we stayed socially connected with our tribe. If we isolated ourselves, we’d be vulnerable and our survival would be threatened. And so we became social animals, part of a tribe, who learnt to combine our strengths and nourish each other through hunting and gathering food. Through cooking, I found myself getting back to basics and honouring the social animal within.

Flicking through ‘Seasons to Share’ I knew, whatever I choose to prepare would nourish my family. I was excited to learn of the alternative ingredients I could use to make our old favourites more nourishing. I couldn’t help but want to share the meals I was preparing with others, the people I love. Bam…my cooking mojo had returned.

Let’s recap.

Along with prioritising sleep and doing something that revitalised me, I honoured the social animal within, chose some recipes from ‘Seasons to Share’ and got cooking. I then shared these creations with my most favorite people, and nourished not only my body, but my mind, and soul as well.   

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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