My daughter and her husband are embarking on a great adventure, emigrating to Vancouver.My head says this is a great idea, their lives should be filled with lots of exciting activities – they already know how to design a great, fulfilling life for themselves and I anticipate that they will do the same in Canada. But my heart …., truthfully, I had not anticipated the overwhelmeing feeling of desolation when I said goodbye. Desolation dulls the appetite, and flattens the spirit and energy. I didn’t feel at all like eating for a day or two, but I was interested to see what would be a good idea foodwise and so I reached for my little “Medicinal Cookery” book by Dale Pinnock. I picked a couple of recipes to play around with – Cardamom and Banana Porridge; Lavender and Rose Chocolate and our own Trail Blazers. Cardamom increases the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which gives us that “feel good” factor. Chocolate has two compounds – Anandamide which evokes euphoria and Phenylethylamine which elevates mood. Rose contains Geraniol which has a mild anti-depressant effect. I substituted the Cardamom for Lavender in the chocolate – love the scent but not the taste!
So, only half a pack of tissues later, equilibrium restored, I had been soothed and very pleased to have avoided a sugar binge and the associated guilt. Planning a long holiday in Canada next summer also really helps…..