Food for the Soul – Eating Yourself Healthy

Food for the soul

















Our resident food blogger Chef Gary O’Hanlon is currently finalising his recipes for our recipe book Food for the Soul. We are delighted to announce that award winning food photographer Harry Weir is capturing the essence of the dishes in pictures.

There are a number of reasons why we decided to embark on this latest project, and as the name of the book suggests, food, great food, has a really deep impact on the soul. With this in mind we have compiled this helpful blog post.

For everyone it is extremely important to eat well but especially for older people, people with disabilities and people recovering from illness. It is all about getting the best possible nutritional value. If you fail to keep up a healthy lifestyle there are potentially many unwanted effects, such as weight gain or weight loss. These can then cause difficulty in your day-to-day life including:

  • Reduced mobility
  • Dental problems
  • Social and psychological issues
  • Increased dependence on others
  • Eating habits could be effected
  • Increased health risks


In order to sustain a healthy diet you must:

  • Increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat. Preferably four portions a day
  • Eat fibre rich products such as wholegrain breads, rice’s and pastas
  • Cut out any fatty foods, especially saturated fat rich foods such as butter, cheese.
  • Fish should always be included in your diet, have at least one serving a week. It is rich in polyunsaturated fats which help to clear arteries and lower the risk of heart attacks.
  • Have plenty of milk and milk products as they provide protein, vitamins, calcium and other nutrients.


Here is a sneak preview of one of our Food for the Soul dishes. 


Anise orange cured duck leg with beetroot mushroom tarragon and sherry ragout.

Food For the soul dish