Does drinking your morning coffee gives you “jitters”? Do you crash after eating a sugary snack? The foods we eat connect to our mood and how we feel!
Understanding Food Energetics
According to traditional Chinese Medicine, each food has an energy that can nourish our body or create imbalances that result in sickness. This is also known as food energetics. Understanding food energetics helps build a sense of well-being. It’s true that you are what you eat!
Foods with caffeine, sugar, or alcohol create tensing qualities in the body. If you feel anxious, consider looking at how much coffee, sugar, and alcohol you consume in relation to other foods. Could you try an herbal tea instead of your regular coffee, or fresh fruit instead of candy?
Want to feel more grounded? Reach for foods that literally grow in the ground! Root vegetables, especially when stewed or baked, bring forth a stabilizing quality. They are typically sweet and are a great way to reduce cravings for sugar. Try baking sweet potatoes by washing and slicing them, drizzling them with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt, then baking them at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. They’re delicious!
Need an energizing boost? Reach for bright fruits and leafy greens. Like their colors, you’ll feel more vibrant and refreshed. If you have digestive discomfort or bloating from eating raw salads or vegetables, try lightly steaming them to maintain nutrients and break down the fiber.
Want to feel more connected? Eating foods grown locally and purchased at your local farmer’s market can help you feel more connected to your community. Plus, you get to meet the people who grew your food! Cooking food at home helps you connect better with your food, slow down while eating, and helps you tune into fullness cues more easily than when eating out at a restaurant.