The end of British summertime is a tough one for anyone who is seasonally affected, but arguably it is hardest for those not born into the dark, damp days that characterise British winter. In Tibet the sky is always blue and the light is dazzling even during the coldest spells. Evenings can plunge to perishing temperatures, but daytimes are warm in the winter sun. Yeshi struggles at this time of year.
When his mood is low, Yeshi takes special care to eat well. Avoiding fried, sugared, salted food that is often high in saturated fats (the very snacks we tend to reach for when we’re feeling down and desperate) is the best start: studies show that overconsumption of ultra-processed food can increase anxiety and any tendencies towards depression.
When looking after your brain, the best way to eat is fresh. The Tibetan diet is characterised by an abundance of plant foods including fruits, vegetables, cereals and grains. Beans and legumes too. They say that lentils and chickpeas, vegetables and fruits, unprocessed grains and modest amounts of lean meats and dairy are an excellent pathway to good mental health outcomes. Bring on the spinach and chickpea curry, then. And Yeshi’s dal! (You are well looked-after at TT).
In Tibet, the link between food and mental health has been recognised since ancient times. Tibetans say that we must eat well in order to feel well. But it’s also important to eat regularly and to eat sufficiently. You won’t often find a Tibetan snacking on the run, late at night or skipping meals. Strict slimming diets that restrict food intake are also rarely seen – balance is key*.
In the West, we’ve been slower to make the connection between diet and good mental health. A recent episode of the BBC World Service radio show, The Food Chain, explores the growing body of scientific research that supports these important findings. Such an interesting programme – have a listen.
This week’s menu is live on the website now. Plan your brain feed! We have a seasonal special on this week – pumpkin 🎃 potato and pea curry. Beef coconut curry also makes a welcome return (lean beef only 😇). Our opening hours are as follows:
Wednesday: 5-9.30pm (dinner only)
Thursday – Saturday: 12-3 (lunch) / 5-9.30pm (dinner)
Come for dine in, take away or freezer food. We also have a new batch of sepen chilli oil in the house. If you live far away, did you know that you can now buy our chilli online?
Eat well, be happy! Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Julie and Yeshi
Opening hours this week:
Thurs – Sat: 12-3pm 🥢 5-9.30pm
☏ 01865 499318
* much more of this in the Taste Tibet cookbook! Available in store and online now