The new creATE Sessions podcasts are now live! I’ll be podcasting every couple of weeks on food, flavour and creativity – and how all these things work together.

My very first episode explains why I’m so interested in the connection between the act of cooking and creativity. Ultimately both food and creativity are important to wellbeing and happiness, and I hope you’ll join me as I explore this further.

To start the journey, here are my 3 Ms to help you build strong foundations for creative behaviour and thinking:

1. Meditation – regularly practising open-monitoring meditation can help improve something called divergent thinking, which is really important to generating new ideas. There is a link below to a short guided meditation if you’d like to give it a go.

2. Movement – walking can have a big impact on creative thinking. If you work from home regularly, getting out for an afternoon walk can be really beneficial. If you work in an office, why not try a walking meeting as an alternative to sitting in a meeting room?

3. Mindfulness – mindful eating is a great way to introduce yourself to a more mindful approach to life. It helps you achieve more focus (which is an important part of being creative) and also really enhances that taste and flavour of food that you’re eating.

Just listen to episode 1 of the creATE Sessions podcast to find out more…


The next creATE Session will be coming soon. Over the series I’ll be sharing some creative food activities to try at home, exploring further how tasting and cooking can help boost creativity, and interviewing people doing inspiring and creative things in the world of food.

If you have any questions or thoughts please pop them in the comments box below. I’d love to here what you think about the first episode.


Further reading / activity

Opening Monitoring Meditation (5 minute guided meditation)

Meditate to create: the impact of focused-attention and open-monitoring training on convergent and divergent thinking Colzato, Ozturk & Hommel 2012

Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking Oppezzo & Schwartz, 2014