HOW DOES FOOD AFFECT OUR CONSCIOUSNESS
HOW DOES FOOD AFFECT OUR CONSCIOUSNESS
Almost in every culture, food has long played a dual physical and spiritual role, and with that, many rules have been handed down. In the Jewish tradition the eating pork is forbidden, the Hindus forbid the eating of beef, and many Native American tribes prohibit eating foods that are not sacred to them. So it is said that there are spiritual foods that bestow spiritual power when you eat them.
Your brain is the center of thought, emotion, mood, perception, drive and memory. Only a few people are aware that your brain is also the control center for an abundance of important hormones and other neurochemicals responsible for changing the way you think and feel. Joy, paranoia, even despair are the
result of the delicate balance or imbalance of these important chemical substances that come from our foods.
If, we are knowledgeable we may be able to exercise enormous control over destructive moods and feelings, and to increase our enjoyment of life tremendously by eating the right foods. Nothing is more powerful in influencing all of this than making very careful choices about the foods that you eat daily. Each one of us is unique, this is highly individual. Some foods work beautifully for us, while other foods are absolutely destructive.
Cravings are said to be important memos from the body and are its way of telling us about our emotional needs. They can also provide clues as to the limiting beliefs or negative self-talk that might be contributing to an emotional upset, whether that disruption is a minor, temporary state or a chronic, debilitating pattern. Cravings are tools and guides in the discipline of spiritual nutrition.
The Emotional Messages Of Food
Viewing this list below can help you begin to perceive your cravings and food choices through a lens of
self-acceptance, self-respect, and kindness.
For instance, if you find that you have been primarily been eating crunchy foods, such as popcorn, celery,
and chips, you might guess that you are angry. Take some time to figure out what or who you are angry with, and perhaps what subtle energy boundaries you believe have been violated or that you are violating in others.
If you are repetitively sticky bread stuffs, you are probably seeking comfort in all the wrong places—in food instead of relationships. By paying attention to your diet you can get in touch with your inner heart and
respond to your deeper needs in more self-loving ways than literally feeding your feelings, which is ideal
when living in alignment with the tenets of spiritual nutrition. If you change your attitude and behavior, your food cravings and dietary habits will also become healthier.
Crunchy foods: Anger. Crunchy foods help us act out our anger in a safe way, providing us an outlet so we don’t have to deal with the people or circumstances causing us to be angry.
Salty foods: Fear. We crave salty foods because we want to have more “spice” in our lives but are too
scared to take a risk.
High-gluten or wheat products: Comfort and safety. What’s more comforting than a warm cinnamon roll, mashed potatoes, or a bowl of pasta? Gluten products give us the comfort and safety we need in a non-threatening way. Has a cinnamon roll ever rejected you?
Sugar: Excitement. When we can’t provide excitement for ourselves, sugar does it for us; if we’re unable to allow someone else to share joy with us, we can use sugar as a substitute playmate.
Dairy (milk, ice cream, fatty cheese): Love. Our first food was milk—mother’s milk. Rich, sugary, and/or fatty dairy products represent the unconditional love we received—or were supposed to receive—during infancy. We crave dairy products and foods when we desire unconditional love and protection and can’t find it in our everyday lives.
Chocolate: Sexual drive. We’re all sensual, sexual beings. Eating chocolate is a safe way to feel sensual when our life lacks romance. It’s also a substitute for the sex and physical love we need but might be too frightened to obtain.
Alcohol: Acceptance. If you don’t feel accepted for who you really are, or worse, if you were punished for being yourself when you were young, alcohol can provide the illusion of self-acceptance. It can also protect you from the perceived dangers of intimacy. The sugar in alcohol can serve as a substitute for excitement.
The corn in alcohol can buffer feelings of failure, and grain alcohol can give us the warm feelings we might
lack in our relationships.
Corn: Success. We all want to be and to feel successful. Eating corn or corn products can not only momentarily imbue us with a sense of professional success, but also cushion us from deep-seated feelings
of insecurity and failure.
Fatty foods: Shame. Fatty foods hide our internal shame. They also cocoon us in a bubble of shame (fat)
so we’re safe from other people. After all, letting someone in close might make us feel even worse about ourselves.
The Mental Messages Of Food
The following are some common limiting beliefs and negative internal messages related to certain foods, spiritual and otherwise.
Crunchy foods: Anger causes trouble. If someone is angry with me, they don’t love me.
Salty foods: It’s dangerous to be vibrant or enthusiastic. Being different causes rejection. Girls don’t take risks. It’s not safe to take risks.
High-gluten or wheat products: No one will give me what I really need. The world isn’t safe. I can’t rely on anyone but myself for love or comfort.
Sugar: It’s not okay (it’s evil) to have fun. I don’t deserve to be joyful.
Dairy (milk, ice cream, or cheese): I am unlovable. No one will ever love me the way I really am.
Love is conditional.
Chocolate: Sex is bad. My sensuality is dangerous.
Alcohol: People will hurt me if I show who I really am. No one will accept my true self.
Corn: Success leads to pride. I am a failure. I will never succeed.
Fatty foods: I am a bad person. I don’t deserve anything good. I am unworthy of love.
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