Food can be measured in many ways–not only for its nutrition, but for the experience it gives to you and the energy it creates in your body. You’ve heard it said “you are what you eat.” It is true that food makes up the cells in your body, but have you ever thought it may also impact your relationship to life?
All foods have energetic properties.
Here are some examples of how food might impact your quality of life. If you are feeling unfocused and want to feel more grounded in your life, try eating root vegetables, which grow in the ground and provide heartier, more sustainable energy than would eating a salad. If you are feeling tense and want to lighten up, try adding in more leafy greens, which grow up and outward toward the sun. These foods are cleansing and provide lighter energy for the body.
It’s good to choose a balance of hearty and light foods, to maintain a delicate balance of focused, yet flexible energy.
Eating from your own garden or buying your produce from the local farmers’ market will leave you feeling more connected to your home or local community. When you eat seasonal, locally grown produce, the body is more able to maintain balance from the inside out.
It’s beneficial to take advantage of cooling fruits and lighter greens in the summertime, when they are at their peak in harvest. At the same time, heartier vegetables, such as deeply rooted carrots and squashes, grow more abundantly in the wintertime, and are going to add to the warmth of the body.
It’s also good to maintain a balance of eating seasonally as well as locally, as much as possible, to stay in harmony with the natural order of things.
In addition, cooking food on a gas stove is a lot more relaxing and health-supporting to the body than is microwaving your food, which destroys much of the nutrients, the molecular structure, and, therefore, much of the energy of the food.
Wheat, barley, quinoa
Gas stove cooking
Electric stove cooking
6 Stress-fighting Winter Foods
Do you find that when you’re extra stressed you’re more inclined to make poor food choices? Instead of immediately reaching for junky foods, consider eating more seasonal foods to combat stress.
Tensions can run high this time of year with the craze of the holidays, and this often carries over to your food choices. Ironically, the junky foods most frequently sought out in times of stress are the same foods that promote anxious energy. Sugar, alcohol, caffeine, fried foods–you name it. All foods contain energetic properties that influence your emotional body. This winter (and especially during the holiday season), don’t let nerves and/or stress get the best of you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, focus on eating more of the following grounding foods to combat anxious energy:
- Carrots. This root vegetable is rich in Vitamin C and carotenoids. When cooked, carrots have both warming and earthy qualities that help bolster the immune system.
- Bone broth. During winter, the body naturally craves more animal protein and fats. Bone broth, especially when homemade, is incredibly rich in fortifying minerals and fats that strengthen your entire body from the inside out.
- Oatmeal. This naturally gluten-free grain is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, antioxidants and is great for stabilizing blood sugar. They have a low glycemic index and therefore promote steady energy throughout the day.
- Butter. Yes, more butter! Always buy grass-fed; this healthy animal fat is recommended for cooking this time of year. Butter has bone-fortifying qualities and is especially great for kids in the development of healthy dental structures!
- Cumin. It’s a savory spice used as a digestive tonic in Ayurvedic medicine. Cumin stimulates the production of pancreatic enzymes and reduces inflammation.
- Honey (raw). Nutrient-dense raw honey has a warming/drying effect on the body that helps clear mucus. Keep in mind that heating raw honey can interfere with its healing properties!
Incorporate some of these ingredients with the following recipes!
Hot Buttered Oats
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups water
1 tbsp grass-fed butter
1 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
- Soak oats in water and refrigerate overnight.
- In a saucepan, heat soaked oats over medium heat until warm.
- Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.