Heal your emotions with food

Heal your emotions with food

Heal your emotions with food

These foods can help regulate your mood naturally.

Grief and grief: reach for cauliflower, turnips and asparagus. These foods resonate with the immune system, lungs, and colon organs, which in the Chinese medicine system are associated with processing emotional grief.

Asparagus naturally supports healthy bronchial tissues to open up the lungs when grief makes you feel like you can’t take a deep breath. Turnips and cauliflower help support your immune system so that the process of living with and healing grief doesn’t leave you vulnerable to developing colds, flu, and bacterial infections. It can be challenging enough just to deal with emotional grief without the added stress of physical illness. So try these foods to protect your health during the grieving process.

Affirm while eating these foods: I breathe deeply and have strong immunity.

Anxiety: Reach for yellow/orange foods like pineapple, cantaloupe, and sweet potatoes (great for curbing carb cravings—and yes, you can microwave potatoes for a quick breakfast, though I don’t recommend microwaving in general). In addition, cinnamon and ginger teas will help suppress anxiety.

Similarly, a cup of pumpkin soup can also calm anxiety. Look for low-sugar varieties.

In Chinese medicine, foods that affect anxiety resonate with stomach and spleen energies, or “earth” energies. In this way, they help one return to center when feelings are strong, which can also help process other feelings such as grief, sadness, frustration, anger, and fears.

Affirm as you eat this food: I am centered and strong.

Fear: reach for deep sea fish like salmon or tuna. If you’re vegan, reach for seaweed like nori, wakame, and kombu.

These foods resonate with the kidneys and bladder in the Chinese medicine system, which we associate with the element of “water,” which governs courage or fears.

Sometimes fear can exist in response to situations on its own, or it can be a secondary emotional response to other emotional states. You may feel deeply sad, then fear may arise around thoughts like, “I’m really afraid that I may never feel joy again.”

Foods from the sea can help overcome fear and return us to states of courage by supporting our adrenal glands, which can go into overdrive with a fight-or-flight response when we experience strong feelings.

As you eat these foods, affirm: I am brave and strong.

Anger: Reach for any green leafy vegetables like spinach, mustard or leafy greens, romaine lettuce or kale. Reach for spirulina juices, cucumbers, green vegetables with low amounts of carbohydrates.

Anger in the Chinese medicine system is located in the “tree” organs of the liver and gall bladder. When we support the health of these organs with the foods listed, we empower ourselves to reach our sense of peace and tranquility, even when things happen that are naturally frustrating or upsetting. These foods will give you access to your natural patience and compassion, even when you’re feeling angry. Drink a bottle of juice like Suja uber greens, which is low in calories (and no, I’m not being paid to feature this product – I actually drink this juice) when you’re in the midst of feeling angry. Or make your own cucumber, cilantro kale, lemon, green apple and mint juice.

It’s amazing how much more relaxed you’ll feel when you take a moment to detox your liver and gallbladder with healing foods.

Affirm as you eat these foods: Compassion and patience overcome anger and frustration.

Nervous stress/excitement: reach for almonds, sesame oil or seeds, and spinach.

These foods specifically help calm the heart energies associated with fast moving energy and that heightened feeling that prevents you from sleeping, resting or focusing your thoughts. Think of a flame going in many directions.

Affirm this as you eat these foods: I calm the flame of my excitement.

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