→  LESSON SIX 

In this lesson you will learn that you have trillions of bacteria living in your gastrointestinal tract and the health and happiness of these bacteria affect the health and happiness of your Limbo. You can keep these bacteria cheering by feeding them well and you can do so by feeding them fibre, which is found in plant foods. The take away message is “Food feeds your mood”, so eat nutritiously by putting a  plant-slant to your diet.

LESSON 6

#FOODFEEDSYOURMOOD

L.E.T.S. do it by following the 4 steps!

LESSON 1

#FOODFEEDSYOURMOOD

→  LEARN, STEP ONE 

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Here are some more fun resources relating to this lesson:

If you want to learn more about your gut bacteria, here is an excellent article titled “Some of my best friends are germs” written by Michael Pollan (who is the author of the excellent book titled In Defence of Food). It was Michael Pollan who penned the now famous advice for eating for best health: “Eat Food (as compared to food-like substances). Not too much. Mostly plants.”

I am a big fan of Dr Michael Greger and his work at NutritionFacts.org. Here is a great blog on the “Best diet for depression” which also contains links to some other interesting resources.

→  EXPERIENCE, STEP TWO 

One of the best ways to learn is to do. Let me show you how to put the learnings from this lesson into practice. Watch the video or read about it below!

IT’S CHALLENGE BY CHOICE.

Any positive steps you make are steps in the right direction. But if you really want to challenge yourself…

#1.  Each day this week endeavour to eat eight fists full of fibre. Fibre-filled foods come in four varieties: fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans (legumes).   

#2.  Once this week try your hand at becoming a Masterchef by preparing and sharing a plant-based meal with someone.

→  THINK, STEP THREE 

What’s the Big Idea? If you had to summarise the five main points of this lesson, what would they be?

How did the challenges go? Did putting a plant-slant to your diet give you a lift? What are some ways that might help you include more high-fibre foods in your diet?

→  SHARE, STEP FOUR 

Here are 3 ways to share your Lift Project Adventure: Talk, Tell, Tag

#1.  Talk about this lesson with others who are also doing The Lift Project, either face-to-face or online, to chat about what you learnt this lesson that is new and helpful to you and how you went with the challenges.

#2.  Tell someone who is not doing The Lift Project something you learnt this lesson that could give them a lift.

#3.  Tag on Instagram your experience of this lesson’s challenges (such as your Masterchef Me creation). Use the hashtags: #foodfeedsyourmood; #theliftproject.