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Wirral doctor pens a different kind of healthy cookbook

A charity recipe book written by a psychiatrist is hoping to help maintain mental health through food.

Dr Maureen Wilkinson, who works at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), put together the recipes of a few of her favourite meals to create a book called Cooking with Panache.

She explains her motivation thus:

“I worked as a psychiatrist for over thirty years and I’m glad to say my practice changed a great deal as I kept up with new developments in neuroscience and psychological therapies, but also as we learnt more of the importance of healthy eating for mental health.”

Wilkinson went on to say that she has had a lot of conversations over the years with patients about the benefits that can be gained from dining on colourful foods. The book, she added, was designed with that in mind.

When people think of healthy eating, they often tend to only think specifically of weight loss efforts, as obesity is one of the biggest problems in modern UK society. However, as Wilkinson’s work highlights, there is plenty more to it than that.

Different nutrients play varying roles in ensuring the healthy running of all sorts of bodily processes, so perhaps school tuckshops in Merseyside will adapt their offerings in response to the new cookbook.

Proceeds from the recipe book will go to CWP’s Challenging Stigma fund, as well as to Jamie’s Fund, which supports Ugandan mental health care. In 2010, CWP built a relationship with Kisiiizi Hospital, which is in South West Uganda. The book will cost £10 and is available from the Jamie’s Fund website.

Posted by Jennifer
March 31, 2014

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