A Prescription Your Doctor or Therapist Won't Give You: Food Energetics

My client Julie once arrived at her session feeling very unsettled and overwhelmed due to her recent apartment move. I sent her away with a seemingly unconventional prescription for sweet potatoes. She ate some that night and immediately felt more grounded.
More Than Fuel
Food is far more than just fuel. We tend to think of it in terms of nutrients, calories, good or bad. How often do you consider its energetic quality?
All food has unique energetic properties that affect our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. When, where and how it's grown, raised, produced or prepared determines its essential character and the energy it imparts.
By understanding food energetics, you can prepare balance-restoring meals based on the energy particular foods create in your body.
Let's take a look at vegetables.
Plant Prescriptions
The direction a vegetable grows can impart the same qualities in you when consuming it. Here are a few plant prescriptions for when you're feeling...
Scattered or Overstimulated
Root Vegetables - Because they grow in the ground, root vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips, and beets have a strong downward energy. Eating these hearty vegetables can help you feel more focused, anchored and grounded.
Gloomy or Tense
Dark Leafy Greens - Veggies such as kale, Swiss chard and collard greens, grow upward collecting energy from the sun. Eating these chlorophyll-rich foods infuses your blood with oxygen, ultimately boosting your mood and spirits. Light and cleansing, they supply your body with flexible energy and remove physical and emotional toxins literally helping you lighten up.
Moody or Erratic Energy
Squashes and Gourds - To maintain an even keel, eat veggies that grow at ground level like butternut squash, pumpkin and gourds. These can help steady your mood and energy level.
You Are What You Eat
A food's life force directly impacts your quality of life. By selecting foods based on their energetic qualities, you can better nourish not only your body but also your soul.
Sources: Food Energetics by Steven Gagne and Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal