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COOKING as self care? Psychotherapist and nutritional therapist Jayne Leonard has revolutionised my LIFE
Episode 2827th June 2024 • Feel Better Every Day • Eve Menezes Cunningham
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Have you ever considered COOKING to be part of your self care?

I hadn’t but talking to Jayne for this episode has revolutionised my life! No longer seeing cooking as a chore and boring, I’m suddenly loving becoming more whole food vegan v the junk food vegan of the past several years.

Who knew cooking – this BASIC basic self care – could be so satisfying?

How about you? How might you find a way to reframe one of the things you HAVE to do so it becomes more fulfilling and potentially even fun?

Let us know in the comments :)


Jayne is an IACP-accredited psychotherapist, a qualified rape crisis counsellor and a nutritional therapist registered with the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP).

Jayne blends evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches with nutritional therapy to help people better support their mental health. She has a particular interest in the link between food and mood, including the cultural, social, and identity-related aspects of food that clients bring into the therapy room.

Jayne also has a keen interest in research, particularly nutritional psychiatry, which studies the link between diet and mental health. She has published academic papers on the topic in both the Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the BACP’s Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.

In 2024, she received the IACP’s Research Excellence Award for her paper Staying in my lane: An exploration of counsellors' and psychotherapists' understanding and use of nutrition in the therapy room. She is currently part of a team of researchers who are undertaking an international study related to food and mood.

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I'm your producer and host, Eve Menezes Cunningham, author of 365 Ways to Feel Better: Self-care Ideas for Embodied Wellbeing, freelance journalist and Editor-in-Chief of the Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I'm also an online trauma therapist (with lived experience), supervisor and Self care coach (integrating yoga therapy, NLP, EFT and crystals as appropriate) helping people connect with and take better care of their Self. Past Chair of BACP Coaching, I run Feel Better Every Day with Eve Menezes Cunningham (aka

I started The Feel Better Every Day Podcast because I realised that even with the focus of my work being self and Self care (for 20 years now!), I often struggle. And so do so many of my colleagues. We're all human! So I interviewed several of them including neuroscientists, authors writing about health and wellbeing, fitness professionals, therapists, coaches, energy workers and medical professionals.

We ALL have gaps and even gulfs between what we would LOVE to be doing for ourselves each day and what we actually do. My hope with each episode is that you'll go easier on yourself and do something rather than nothing from your own ideal self or Self care repertoire. Create a life you don't need to retreat from! Let me know how you get on! I really love hearing from y'all.


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