Of course the foods you eat have a physical effect on your body and well being. What some people do not realise is that they also have an effect on your emotional and spiritual well being. The connection between mind, body, spirit and food, is shown in how the body processes the foods you choose to eat.
What you choose to eat determines the quality of the nutrients and energy that you bring into your body. We are affected quite differently by fresh, whole, organic foods compared to artificial, processed foods. Processed foods can disrupt the nutritional balance of the body which may compromise ones mental and emotional health.
When you eat a refined sugary snack your blood sugar levels rise. I am sure we have all experienced those sugar highs!! Unfortunately what goes up must come down, so as soon as you feel this sugar high, your blood sugar levels plummet. This can leave you feeling tired, anxious, and generally unwell.
How many times have you noticed that after a heavily processed meal, you feel tired, lethargic and irritated? It’s not your imagination; it’s simply your body focusing all its energy into processing the refined foods eaten, to eliminate them. In comparison to this, fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds bring you natural energy and a more complete and balanced set of nutrients.
There is no doubt that the food you eat affects your mental state and can change the way you feel. I’m sure we can all tell the difference in our mood and energy levels after eating a wholesome and nutritious meal! Eating pure whole foods are said to bring calmness, clarity and tranquility to the mind.
A diet high in refined foods and sugars may also mean a diet lacking essential nutrients required for general health and well being. For ones overall health, we all require a healthy balance of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, complex carbohydrates and proteins. These are all obtainable from the food which nature has given us. Here are some easy food sources which ensure a healthy body and mind.
B Vitamins - Whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa, green leafy vegetables.
Selenium – tuna, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and whole grain cereals such as oats.
Folic acid – spinach and asparagus.
Complex carbohydrates – whole grains, legumes, beans, whole grain cereals.
Essential Fats - nuts, seeds, oily fish such as tuna, and oils such as olive oil.
Protein balances your blood sugar levels so you don't get those highs and lows! Sources include; lean red meats, chicken, fish, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Eating the correct foods will provide a strong basis for your overall health. Your body is an empty vessel which you need to fuel properly in order to power it along in this crazy adventure we call life, but how you power your vessel determines many outcomes beyond it’s immediate direction.
So next time you are tired or stressed and you need something to power you along, really start to analyse what you eat, why you eat it and how you feel after. Your choices might just start to change as you become more aware of the connection between these foods and your mind, body and spirit.