The challenge is that as soon as we start talking about emotions and feelings things can appear to be getting too ‘hairy fairy’. Requiring a ‘leap of faith’ as something to ‘believe in’ rather than a logical, measurable process rooted in tangible components. Thanks to biology, epigenetic’s and an understanding of the vibrational nature of the Universe, the latter is now the case 😉
Food effects how you feel, and this is how:
The Vagus Nerve
A nerve that directly connects the brain and stomach with a two-way information highway. What happens in your brain directly effects your stomach and what happens in your stomach directly effects your brain.
The Second Brain – ‘Gut Feeling’
The digestive system has its own nervous system which, communicates with the rest of the body using information gathered through the intestinal vili, finger like projections within the intestinal walls. In this sense, the digestive system is referred to as the ‘second brain’ and responsible for ‘gut feeling’, impulses stemming from your stomach not your brain!
What you eat directly impacts what hormones are released and in what quantity. For example, serotonin is released within your digestive system. However, if there are digestive disturbances, like food allergies or intolerances, then this directly impacts the release of serotonin, which is the happy hormone, and leads to decreased levels leaving you feeling more prone to feeling down or depressed. Also, there are amino acids required from food to facilitate the synthesis of certain hormones and hormones are directly responsible for how you feel.
Stimulation or Sedation
Ever drank coffee or eaten something sugary and felt a whopping surge in energy, followed by a cataclysmic crash? Or ever experienced a ‘carb coma’? Much of this is relative to the individual, and how well food is digested given your individual constitutional state. Too often people feel ‘unhinged’ and think it’s them, when in fact, it’s the coffee!
The amount of sugar in your blood effects your energy levels and mood, let it drop too low and you will feel exhausted, irritable and anxious, even faint. Eating foods that are high in sugar, causing huge surges in blood sugar are the most common culprits and this rollercoaster directly impacts your mood. I have worked with so many clients that feel depressed and irritable, thinking there is ‘something wrong’ with them, when in reality, there is nothing wrong, it’s just that their blood sugar is fluctuating so wildly that they can’t find balance.
Food is Vibration
You are energy, food is energy, your thoughts are energy, and when you eat all of these energy vibrations collide and all are effected which, has a direct impact on how you feel!
So, why is this important?
Because your physical state is a direct result, or manifestation, of your mental and emotional state of Being!
This is the chain of causation, physical is the last part of the equation.
Think about that for a moment. If your mental and emotional state ‘causes’ your physical state, why are we so concerned with eating to ‘fix’ our physical body? Surely a much quicker and more effective approach would be to positively address our mental and emotional state through food and lifestyle.
I have lost count of the amount of clients I have seen that completely contradict what standard research predicts, that the healthiest people eat the healthiest food and the most unhealthy eat the unhealthiest food. This is not entirely accurate. The constant is not food, the biggest determining factor for physical health is your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Whilst a healthy mental and emotional state can override an ‘unhealthy’ diet, a ‘healthy’ diet cannot override an unhealthy mental and emotional state.
When there is stress, anxiety, or other negative emotions the majority of the time, it is practically impossible for your body to be physically well. Even if you are living on kale and wild blueberries (more on wild blueberries in my next blog)!
Also, your intention counts. If you are eating ‘healthy’ food because you think you ‘should’ out of fear for the alternative, then your body doesn’t reap the benefit. Similarly, there are people that drink, smoke and eat burgers, because they love them, and live to be 90 years old! There are others that smoke and eat take-out and die at 50. The difference is not the food, but the intention behind it. The first being for pleasure and fun and in the latter case to soothe stress and seek comfort whilst feeling guilty about their ‘bad’ choices.
There is so much more going on with nutrition than meets the eye, and I go through this process with each of my clients, helping them to understand the intentions behind their eating whilst decluttering their beliefs about ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
Why are you eating, for pleasure or fear?
Do you feel guilty about what you eat? Are you eating to nourish your mental and emotional wellbeing or are you fixated on improving your physical body? Ask yourself these questions now. They are essential to begin connecting with yourself a little deeper, tapping into the healing potential that truly comes with nourishing your whole self rather than just a piece of you.
Check this out, a recording from an Abraham Hicks seminar that I love. It really begins to explain what’s at the heart of the BeU approach to nutrition. I also talk about this in my upcoming book, BeUtiful Body, a guide to eating and loving your body light!
What do you think?
I would love to hear your feedback so please comment below and if you’d like me to help you understand more about yourself and food then say hello here and we can begin a BeU program that helps you to experience your natural state of wellbeing more easily. with Love, Laura xo