Did you know food has emotions? And you thought it was just you! Silly human! Have you ever craved a certain food and then noticed a distinct shift in your mood? Well, that is your body talking to you and your food supporting your body’s needs.
Food comes in colors: bright and rich, intense flavor—pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, peach, corn, carrot… Dark and rich, milder flavor—sweet potato, peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini, beet, greens… Dull with intense flavor— onion, potato, turnip, nuts, radish, seeds…and then there are herbs full of rich greenness with flavors of sweet, sour, pungent, woodsy, sharp, bitter…
Food also, when examined close up, has distinct similarities to human cells and body parts. Slice a carrot or radish to create a disc and you see it looks like your iris. The cucumber, crookneck and zucchini squashes sliced sideways looks like your epithelial (skin) cells. Bell and sweet peppers also resemble layers of skin cells and can be peeled like skin. Walnuts look like a brain hemisphere while pecans look like the folds of the brain. Kidney beans are called that because they look exactly like your kidney in shape and color! The gallbladder, liver and pancreas have similar shapes, and resemble beans. Have you ever wondered why this is? Nature is here to support you!
One day as I was gleaning the strawberry bushes, my mood, already content, brightened and I started smiling, without any reason. Strawberries are just happy fruits. Eat one and feel your tongue and mouth tingle with delight and an hour later, notice yourself re-experiencing joy and happiness as your gut digests the happy berry. Did you know your gut produces most of the neurotransmitters in the body? Over 90% of your serotonin!
After eating beans I find myself feeling whole, content and any feelings of anger, or need to self punish slipping away. The body holds anger, harshness and bitterness in the liver, kidney, pancreas, and gallbladder. Cucumber and peppers are known to enhance skin health and I also find they lift moods.
So, the next time you have a craving, stop, and notice. What are you craving? What is your mood? Will the cookie or piece of candy really quench the anxious or down mood? Where in your body are you feeling the mood? Think about what fruit or vegetable resembles that area of the body. Find a food t match, eat it and see what happens. Inquiring minds want to know, so please share your experience on the facebook page!
Here’s to your health and wellbeing.