Oven therapy: Is cooking good for your mental health?

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Lindsay Lohan has been baking up a storm - but could it be doing her some good?

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In a bid to clean up her act, Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan has turned to a spot of baking.

The troubled actress has been sober since completing her most recent stint in rehab this July and has been absent from awards ceremonies in a bid to stay on the straight and narrow.

Lindsay posted these snaps of her baking the traditional Thanksgiving treat of candied yams (sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top to you. We know, weird).

Looking happy and healthy the actress seemed to be enjoying her time in the kitchen - but could cooking up a storm being doing her more good than just making delicious treats?

Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, who suffers from manic depression, seems to think so, saying after his win, "Baking helps lift my depression. It can't cure it but it helps."

"When I'm in the kitchen, measuring the amount of sugar, flour or butter I need for a recipe or cracking the exact number of eggs - I am in control. That's really important as a key element of my condition is a feeling of no control," he told the BBC.

Baking has been used as an occupational therapy, just like painting or exercise, as a way of focusing the mind.

According to East London NHS Foundation Trust which has been experimenting with cooking therapies, it can also aid planning skills, short term memory and social skills.

From getting the blood pumping when kneading dough, to being creative and having a sense of accomplishment - all these aspects are seen as helping to lift someone's mood.

However if you want to go full circle of goodness - give away your sugary treats as eating too much could make your body go into a sugar slump, which will undo all the good work. Nuts.



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