Meet the Sandbach woman helping us to lead a healthier lifestyle through food

By Deborah Bowyer

11th Feb 2024 | Local News

Sandbach occupational therapist and mental health charity worker, Esther, says we can improve well-being through food. (Photo: Nub News)
Sandbach occupational therapist and mental health charity worker, Esther, says we can improve well-being through food. (Photo: Nub News)

You are what you eat and Sandbach occupational therapist and mental health charity worker, Esther Southern is living proof. 

The healthy 36-year-old found her health was suffering after eating an unhealthy diet during lockdown. 

Now the fun-loving entrepreneur has come up with a plan to literally eat yourself to health, after forming the Wild Salt Community Cooking School.  

And she says eating healthy food doesn't just mean improving your body it can also improve your moods and mindset. 

The Wild Salt Community Cooking School in action! (Photo: Esther Southern)

"There is a link between what we eat and our mental health. We're constantly bombarded with adverts for unhealthy food. 

"By adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet using simple, easily made food it can improve your life." 

Esther's Wild Salt Community Cooking School is working with Sandbach Pantry and is running free healthy living cooking classes at the Wesley Centre in Sandbach. 

"It's about learning what a healthy plate looks like. Ideally, you should have half vegetables, a quarter protein and a quarter carbohydrates. 

Folllowing a healthy diet is so import says Esther. (Photo: Nub News)

"Eating healthy food can help you have more energy so you will feel like doing more and exercising." 

Esther said previously: "The community cooking school provides free classes to families who access the local food bank pantry. 

"The aim is to increase social inclusion, diversity in meals and empower every person who attends to be able to build a nutrient-dense plate of food. 

"The results have been reduced sugar intake, decrease in loneliness and increase in families cooking together at home." 

The Wild Salt has received some cash help from the Cheshire breakfast company, Mornflake as revealed here

Wild Salt held a focaccia and pizza making class last month with Honest Crust Pizza company  which raised £700 to help fund the free cooking classes booked on 8th and 22nd February.  

 And they are also holding a Cameroonian West African cooking class on April 24th from 6.30 pm – 9 pm at Sandbach Town Hall. 

"I've always been passionate about helping people and this is a way of improving their diet and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

"It's often a case of herbs, making food plates look colourful with vegetable and fruit through things like 'poke bowls'. 

Esther is looking for volunteers to help her with the cooking classes and the rest of the project. To find out more visit here to find details about booking or email [email protected] or email [email protected]

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