What to Eat When You're Feeling Scattered, Gloomy or Moody

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 your 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: Kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens and other dark leafy 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 also 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, spaghetti squash, pumpkin and edible 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.

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

Boost Your Health with these Nutritional Powerhouses: Dark Leafy Greens

How often do you go to bed thinking, "I really need to drink less coffee, wine, beer or soda, or eat fewer french fries, cookies, cheese burgers or 10 p.m. bowls of ice cream?"

Sound familiar?

So often we focus on what to delete, rather than what to add. This puts us in a constant state of deprivation, rather than one of abundance.

Crowding Out
I invite you to shift your thoughts and energy toward focusing on adding healthy things to your diet. By doing so, you will eventually "crowd out" those not-so-healthy habits as you fill up on more nutritious fare. Your desire for extreme foods, like sugary treats or fried snacks, will naturally start to diminish as you nourish yourself with cleaner, more balanced foods.

You may not believe me now, but you will even start to crave healthier foods. As a former cookie addict who now craves kale, I speak from experience.

Talking of kale, an excellent place to start is with dark leafy greens.

Nutritional Powerhouses
Dark leafy greens, like kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, arugula, spinach, dandelion greens and bok choy, are some of the most nutrient-rich foods on our planet. Plus, they are fast and easy to prepare and pretty darn cheap. Most importantly, they are crazy delicious.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant nutrients), the benefits of eating dark leafy greens are abundant. These veggie superheroes can:

  • Reduce inflammation (the root of all disease)
  • Decrease your risk of cancer, diabetes and blood clotting
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Detoxify your body
  • Promote a healthy gut
  • Improve circulation
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Boost energy and mood
  • Alleviate depression

That's a lot of bang for your buck!

Greens Keep You Clean
Packed with fiber, greens are quite filling and keep your digestive system trucking along. By eating a bowl of greens before your dinner entrée, you'll get a mega dose of nutrients.

Go Great With Everything
Greens go great with pretty much everything and can be eaten raw, steamed, sautéed, roasted, boiled or pickled. I love greens mixed with beans, atop brown rice or quinoa, or stirred into soup. Heck, I even pile sautéed greens on top of almond-butter toast!

Slap on Some Fat
Many vital nutrients in veggies are better absorbed with a bit of fat. Prepare your greens with olive, coconut or avocado oil, or toss with some nuts, seeds and/or avocado.

Eat Greens Challenge
To help you get into the habit of adding greens to your daily diet, I challenge you to eat a serving of greens four to five days a week. Even if you're dining on takeout pizza, enjoy it with a side of greens.

If you're already a great greens eater, experiment with new varieties and recipes.

Focus on adding in greens for a month and feel what a difference it makes. Challenge your partner or a pal to play along. Here are a few tasty recipes to kick start your Eat Greens Challenge.

Can't-Eat-Just-One Kale Chips

Easy Speedy Sautéed Greens

Zingy Creamy Tahini Greens

Sautéed Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Dandelion Greens with Warm Walnut Vinaigrette