Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Good Mood Food Workshops with Rachel Kelly

Workshop One

A one off, one hour workshop summ­ing up the latest re­search and evi­d­ence on what to eat for opt­i­mum ment­al health. The workshop shares what I've learnt over the past four years work­ing with the nut­rition­ist Alice Mac­kintosh who has hel­ped my own wellbe­ing. Since chang­ing my diet, and how I eat, I now feel calm and well, after a long battle with an­xiety and de­press­ion. Food has been a key part of my re­cove­ry.

The workshop in­cludes my per­son­al story, as well as shar­ing gener­al ad­vice based round my Gold­en Rules for a Happy Kitch­en. The workshop ties in with my book 'The Happy Kitch­en: Good Mood Food' which is being pub­lished by Short Books (be­hind the 5;2 diet) in Janua­ry 2017 and in­cludes re­cipes we've de­veloped to boost your mood, keep you calm and help you sleep.

Sever­al newspap­ers are in­teres­ted in serialisa­tion and the book has been pre-sold to sever­al co­unt­ries, in­clud­ing Simon & Schust­er in the USA.

Par­ticipants would be given a book at the end of the workshop.

Workshop Two

This is a se­ries of seven workshops. The first is a gener­al in­troduc­tion to my Gold­en Rules for a Happy Kitch­en. The next six workshops address in turn the sym­ptoms of low mood and an­xiety, and what to eat to over­come them and boost your wellbe­ing. Week Two looks at Balan­ced En­er­gy; Week Three is about Be­at­ing the Blues; Week Four is eat­ing to stay Nice and Calm; Week Five is nourish­ing Ment­al Clar­ity; Week Six is ac­hiev­ing Hor­mon­al Peace; and Week Seven looks at what to eat for Sweet Dreams.

Each workshop in­cludes what I've learnt on each topic, where the re­search cur­rent­ly stands, as well as re­cipes de­veloped to address each sym­ptom.

Par­ticipants will be given a copy of the book at the end of the co­ur­se.


"Todays' workshop was excellent. Rachel & her two colleagues were wonderful. The food was delicious & of course extremely healthy. I need to purchase a food processor & blender!!. I really loved the approach that Rachel took. It's manageable cooking with out been stressed. It has encouraged to start experimenting. I haven't cooked anything or than steam & pre-cooked food. Thank you for a providing a wonderful work shop." Patricia Purcell

"I at­tended Happy Kitch­en Rac­hel's with the hope of re­unit­ing myself with co­ok­ing nourish­ing food that would sup­port my well being.

Since my de­press­ion I'm now re­liant on medica­tion to sup­port me day to day. Food has be­come a secon­da­ry re­quire­ment.

My love of food has de­pleted. I eat be­cause my stomach makes so much noise which is dif­ficult to ig­nore.

I will satis­fy my need to eat by quick fix food.

I struggle to cook from scratch. I find it stress­ful if the food I'm at­tempt­ing re­quires a lot of in­gredients and at­ten­tion.

I panic & focus on what I don't have in­stead off what I have to make the dish.

Rac­hel's & Lucy pre­pared & co­oked one re­cipe from each four chapt­ers off Rac­hel's new cook book.

Chapt­er 1- Balan­ced En­er­gy
Chapt­er 3 - Nice & Calm
Chapt­er 4 - Ment­al Clar­ity
Chapt­er 7- Com­fort food

What I loved was the simplic­ity and the approach that Rac­hel took when ex­plain­ing each of the 4 re­cipe's.

The in­gredients were all familiar to me, non ex­pen­sive, avail­able at all super­mar­kets.

Un­for­tunate­ly we are bom­barded with so much cook books, TV co­ok­ing pro­gram­mes. It can be very off putt­ing & very daunt­ing.

When I watch the celeb­rity's TV food pro­gram­mes I find it dif­ficult to grasp what the ac­tu­al meal is.

I feel I need a honours de­gree in sci­ence, de­sign, geog­ra­phy, de­sign­er, kitch­en to ac­commodate all off the uten­sils that is re­quired to cook a meal.

Rac­hel's approach was in­credib­le pract­ical & very easy to un­derstand.

No non­sen­ses in­vol­ved with the in­gredients that are re­quired. All of the in­gredients are very af­ford­able which is very im­por­tant.

All off the re­cipes were ex­treme­ly easy to fol­low. The time fac­tor from start to fin­ish 15-30 minutes which of co­ur­se is cruci­al when your not able to com­mit to amore ar­du­ous times­cale.

I loved all off the re­cipes they all had the main ele­ments for a love­ly healthy meal which were love,­kindness,hap­pi­ness, fun all roled into one.

I know what I will be as­k­ing Fath­er Christmas for Rac­hel's be­auti­ful cook book.

What bet­t­er way to start 2017 with a copy of Rac­hel's be­auti­ful co­ok­book. Re­ceips sprinkled with so much love for a healthy and happy 2017." ~ Pat­ricia Pur­cell

"Dear Rachel,
Just to let you know how much I enjoyed your presentation on Wednesday. I spoke to the others, during and at the end and they were equally impressed. The fire alarm and cooker just added to the excitement! Seriously, I needed this talk. It has changed my outlook on cooking. Already, I have used coconut oil etc. Thank you for enlightening us. It was brilliant!
Love, Eva"

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Photos from Workshop at St. Charles' Hospital

How to Walk on Sunshine Workshops

Rachel runs a one-off, one hour 'Walking on Sunshine' workshop that teaches participants to foster resilience and good mental health. In it she shares strategies relating to both body and mind through group exercises. Rachel runs workshops for charities, schools, universities and companies, helping those who come to look after their mental health.

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Healing Words Workshops

In ad­di­tion, Rac­hel runs poet­ry workshops for vari­ous or­ganisa­tions in­clud­ing ment­al health charit­ies, prisons and bookshops in­clud­ing Mind, Co­ol­Tan Arts, SMART, Soho House, The School of Life and The Idler Academy. These workshops are usual­ly for­matted in a four-part se­ries in which par­ticipants meet once a week for a one-hour sess­ion. Each week Rac­hel shares a selec­tion of poems (han­douts in­cluded) de­sig­ned to re­flect an arc from dark to light over the co­ur­se of the month. Groups usual­ly com­pr­ise eight to twel­ve peo­ple, which al­lows for every­one to be in­vol­ved.

The first of the four sess­ions in­cludes a gener­al in­troduc­tion to the heal­ing power of poet­ry: the ways poet­ry can pro­vide a dif­ferent nar­rative in our heads and make us feel less alone. Rac­hel leads the group in look­ing at un­derstand­ing dark­ness and de­spair through cat­har­tic poems and de­scrip­tions of ment­al un­rest. In the second sess­ion the group dis­cus­ses poems that can help us find the strength to over­come de­spera­tion as well as the motiva­tion to fight on. The third sess­ion is about using poet­ry to re-engage with the wider world, often through an apprecia­tion for na­ture. In the fourth and final sess­ion the group ex­plores the ways in which poet­ry can help us appreciate and navigate every­day life.

For many at­tendees, the last time they read aloud was as childr­en. Rac­hel is a keen pro­ponent of see­ing this prac­tice re­dis­covered in adulthood. Rea­d­ing aloud as a group helps par­ticipants to di­gest the poems, opens their eyes to the musical­ity of the words and al­lows time for them to put the text down and be read to. If you are in­teres­ted in at­tend­ing or host­ing a workshop, please con­tact us here.

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