Negative Emotions & Food – Part 1

Every moment of every day your thoughts – all the endless chattering inside your head are manifesting themselves as your reality. If your internal voice is a monologue that constantly criticizes your every move as a failure, you will fail. ~The Intention 

What we put in our mind is as important as what we put in our mouths, just as the exercise of our mind is as important as the exercise of our bodies. This makes sense, as the body-mind is one system where every thought creates a biological reaction in the body. In fact, life-negating thoughts are infectious and have a powerful negative effect on the healing system of the body. For instance, if our thoughts are filled with fear, guilt, anger, depression, or anxiety we often necessitate a physical compensation of eating comfort foods to return some sense of balance despite the physical consequences. Over time these compensating eating behaviors become fixed in the unconscious mind, thereby turning this process into uncontrollable cravings that creates destructive patterns in our lives. Negative emotions acidify the blood – a precursor to dis-ease states.

In my own process to wellness over a span of over two decades, I discovered that there was a direct link between my emotions and food cravings. That the food I ate was only one source of energy – a secondary source of energy in my life because it was secondary to the primary sustenance that comes from feeling good in my body from movement, having healthy happy relationships, a fulfilling vocation, creative outlets and most importantly a spiritual practice.

The quality of my life in all areas directly affected my thoughts and feelings, which were closely linked to what I would eat and drink. When I was bothered by something I gave up a wholesome meal for a small box of chocolates – an impulse buy at the checkout counter. I used food as a way to insulate my pain. I have always exercised and have never been overweight, but assuredly, if I had not worked on my emotional eating patterns and discovered a correction between my negative mood states and the effects certain food had on my physiology, I very well could be. I found, however, that it was not so much about weight, but developing body wisdom and affirming attitude towards life. This important distinction between what primary food and secondary food is makes or breaks quality of life.

No doubt, the kinds of food we eat are essential to our health. The food we digest is assimilated into our bodies and transforms food and nutrients into blood. The bloodstream picks up nutrients from sunlight infused food, the digestive tract, oxygen from the lungs, hormones from the endocrine glands and enzymes from other parts of the body, and transports to all tissues, structures head to toe. It also picks up wastes and transports to the lungs, liver, kidneys, lymph system, etc. for detoxification and eventual elimination. Blood builds, fuels, cleanses, moistens, cools and warms all structure and function.” The energy output of our food that creates our cells, new tissues, organs, skin and hair is a factor held within the pH (acid/Alkaline) balance of our blood directly linked by food and negative emotion.

Most people consider food the only aspect of nutrition, but I discovered that when I was nourished on a deeper level that my body would shift into an intuitive eating pattern. For instance, when I was grounded in my body, I noticed that it would tell me what it needed to feel nourished. When I did not observe my body’s wisdom and ate something other, I often got a stomach ache. This became a trial and error process of what to eat and when to eat. I also discovered that the body self-regulates. Self-regulation—the inner wisdom of my body, lets me know through healthy food cravings that I need to eat more raw food, protein, fruit or vegetables nutrition, and so on. For instance, if I have a craving for salt or sugar, I take note of my monthly biorhythm & what may be temporarily out of balance due to hormone fluctuation of nutrition imbalances. I then seek to fulfill that craving in a healthy way.I find that eating a large tablespoon or two of thick raw honey readily satisfies a desire for sweetness or raw 88% cacao chocolate increasing serotonin the brain.

To activate the body’s self-regulation it is essential to eat when our bodies are hungry and not according to the dictates of the clock.  Self-regulation requires that we no longer ingest toxic foods, sugars and high fructose corn syrup, transfats, chemical additives and highly addictive substances.

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SURTHRIVAL ~Solutions for Surviving the Economic Downfall of America

Part 2 of the New Economy Series

The way to protect our selves in these hard economic times is always to control spending. We each must decide for ourselves how we wish to manage our lives in terms of a bankrupt nation and a depressed economy. Here’s what I’ve consistently recommended to intelligent people over the years garnered through my own experience, research and from financial professionals.

1- Own your own vehicle. Don’t borrow money to drive a car. It depreciates right off the lot and is not worth what you paid for it. It’s better to own an old car than it is to make payments on something that stretches your wallet and stresses you. Opt to buy a used car outright. There are a lot of repossessed vehicles floating around now that are still under warranty. Try Uber or other share-a-ride venues.

2- Own your home. Work to pay off your existing home mortgage and own your home outright rather than qualifying for a loan and moving to a larger home. At minimum, reduce your loan so that you have 50% equity in your home. This should help to insulate you from all but the very worst housing bubble price drops.

3- Stop spending money on frivolous and overpriced things. Starbucks coffee, soda, brand-name laundry detergent, jewelry and processed foods to name a few. Stretch your money by buying healthy low-cost, bulk food ingredients like lentils, brown rice and quinoa; tea, almond milk, Broth, and coffee, etc.

4- Protect your health! Forget about promises for national health care system that’s any good because our entire health / sick-care industry is focused on treating disease rather than promoting health. Know that no health care system can make you healthy, only the proactive measures of sound nutrition, superfoods, sunlight, exercise and avoidance of all toxic chemicals to boost your health will. Take charge of your health right now!

5- Own some productive land. It is a form of permanent wealth. You can actually grow a large portion of your own food by converting lawn to growing vegetables, fruits, nuts or edible herbs and beneficial plants and trees. Regardless of what happens to the world economy, land in good climate capable of producing food and medicine will always hold value. The GARDEN REVOLUTION of growing an Individual & Local Food System is catalyzing backyard & urban farmers and permaculturists into action.

6- Own a Good Bicycle.  There is no form of transportation that is more affordable. Opt for a moped, electric bike, or its alternative if pedaling is an athletic challenge. Electric bikes cost far less than a penny per mile, it is great exercise and will makes your legs and butt look great. 🙂

7- Don’t save ALL your money in one bank or in U.S. currency! Diversify!!! Banks are failing. The currency may depreciate and be declared worthless. Investing in anything that cannot be printed is the only logical way forward for people who wish to steer clear from investing in devaluating assets. Support your local bank and alternative forms of currency.