It was Hippocrates, one of the towering figures within the history of medicine, who is believed to have first said, 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.'
Now Brisbanites can benefit from this ancient wisdom at the inaugural Feed Your Mind Festival designed to provide education and experiential learning through workshops, talks, food demonstrations, and the sale of nutritional products. 'The intention is to empower attendees with the knowledge and practical skills to enhance mental well-being by choosing nourishing foods and practices, says organiser Angela Taylor, a Support Facilitator within the Partners in Recovery program at the Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland.
To be held at Herston on Saturday 13 June 2015 (9am to 2pm), the Feed Your Mind Festival aims to raise awareness about the importance of nourishing the body to nourish the mind; to educate attendees about healthy food choices; and to empower attendees to use the knowledge they learn during the event to enhance their mental health and well-being.
The event also promotes the importance of healthy practices such as movement, postural alignment, meditation, yoga and dance, to highlight the connection between a healthy body and healthy mind.
The event, being sponsored by MIFQ, Yummy Goodness and HomeFresh Organics, is the first of its kind in Brisbane. 'We invite people who experience mental health issues, their friends and family members, health practitioners, and the general public to come along and experience this unique event,' says Taylor.
Motivation to create the Feed Your Mind Festival came from Taylor's work experience in the mental health sector. 'It's easy to forget how big an influence food has on our mood and mental health,' says Taylor. 'Traditional medical treatment can be limited in its approach and its efficacy to assist people to recover from mental illness.
Taylor also noticed people frequently failed to consider their bodies as a whole system. 'It's very important to balance what we put into our bodies in order for them to function properly, and as they are intended to,' she says.