The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest

A special three-part series on all the weird, wonderful, and warmhearted connections we can find between food and mood. Part three is about the connections between natural foods, natural spaces, meditation and the benefits of rest.

Scroll down for PDF lesson plans and episode prompt cards.

Quiz Answers
Question 1.
When did forest bathing start to catch on in Japan?
1980s
Question 2.
Name two modern-day countries in the Fertile Crescent.
Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Egypt
Question 3.
Which squeezes food faster, the small intestine or the large intestine?
Small intestine
Question 4.
What are the prebiotic fibres in onions called?
Fructans
Question 5.
Silverbeet grows in winter; true or false?
True
Question 6.
What feel-good chemical can get released in your brain when you dig in the earth?
Serotonin

Sources
Giulia Enders, Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ.
‘Archimedes Screw’ by Science Source, 1769.
‘Our Better Nature: How The Great Outdoors Can Improve Your Life’ by Shankar Vedantam, Thomas Lu & Tara Boyle, NPR - Hidden Brain, September 10, 2018.
‘How Does Gardening Make You Happier?’ by Rachel Schott, Science World, June 15, 2018.
‘Hanging Gardens Existed, but not in Babylon’ by Christopher Klein, History, September 1, 2018.
‘Fertile Crescent’ by Joshua J. Mark, Ancient History Encyclopedia, March 28, 2018.
‘Hong Kong: the city still shaped by feng shui’ by Matthew Keegan, The Guardian, July 19, 2018.
‘Not getting enough sleep? It may be influencing how you eat’ by Amelia McGuinness, Food and Mood Centre, March, 2018.
‘Why green is good for you’ by Jay Griffiths, The Guardian, January 8, 2014.
‘Depressed? Go Play in the Dirt’ by Ker Than, Live Science, April 11, 2007.
‘The colour of calm’ by Charlotte Abrahams, The Guardian, September 9, 2000.
‘Getting back to nature: how forest bathing can make us feel better’ by Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, June 8, 2019.
‘Nebuchadnezzar II’ by History for Kids.
‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ by The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica, May 13, 2020.
‘Getting Dirty May Lift Your Mood’ by University of Bristol, Science Daily, April 10 2007.
‘6 foods to eat for a mood boost’ Cara Rosenbloom, Washington Post, April 6 2017.

Credits
This episode was narrated and produced by Alice Zaslavsky
The Bab’s Babylon Bath Bombs ad was voiced by Courtney Glass
Writer: Sam West
Sound engineering: Sam Lowe
Sound Effects Editor: Naaman McKinley
Animators: Vera Babida & Tom
Curriculum Specialists: Beverley Laing & Kelly Fullerton
Funding: Hort Innovation

Lesson Plans

For Teachers

Free Australian Curriculum-aligned lesson plans, springboards and activities for Yr 3-6.

The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest

Yr Level

Learning Area

Curriculum Code
Peace Among the Plants
5 6 7 8
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Overview – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
5 6 7 8
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions PowerPoint – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
5 6 7 8
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 1 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
5 6 7 8
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 3 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
5 6 7 8
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 2 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
5 6 7 8
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 4 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
5 6 7 8
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
Peace Among the Plants
Yr Level
5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Overview – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
Yr Level
5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions PowerPoint – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
Yr Level
5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 1 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
Yr Level
5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 3 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
Yr Level
5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 2 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
Yr Level
5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034
Reflection Questions Prompt 4 – Nomcast The Good Mood Food Special Part 3 – Mindfulness and Rest
Yr Level
5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Health and Physical Education, Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACPPS058 ACPPS077 ACTDEK021 ACTDEK023 ACTDEK032 ACTDEK034