Hello friends, and welcome to this month’s Joyinmovement newsletter,
Last month we started discussing Chakra Nutrition. If you haven’t read that newsletter yet, here it is: https://shellistein.com/newsletter/chakra-nutrition/
We covered the first three chakras last month, so this month we’ll talk about the other four. It was wonderful last month to hear from so many of you who read and enjoyed thinking about nutrition from the viewpoint of chakras.
As a review, Chakra Nutrition is taking a holistic approach to nutrition which is so much more than counting calories and grams, and assessing the chemical composition of the foods we eat. After all, nourishing the physical being is only one aspect of your eating experience. Many times I’ve written about how our relationship to food is a reflection of HOW we live. What and how we eat provides many messages on a deeper level.
So let’s discuss the five elements theory and the chakra system and apply these basic principles to nutrition in an integrated way.
GREEN: The Heart Chakra
The fourth chakra is the heart. The heart houses our spirit, is the home to all emotions, and has an electromagnetic intelligence system. When the heart chakra is balanced we feel loving, peaceful, and open to intimacy. When surrounded with love we feel inspired, motivated, and find the space for healing.
If this chakra is imbalanced, we may be overeager to please, fearful of intimacy, stressed or anxious, or in codependent relationships.
When we move into discussing the upper chakras it’s not only the chemical composition, flavors, and energy vibrations of our nutrition that matter, but also how we share our experiences.
Food tastes better what it’s made with love! Foods that feed the heart chakra include cruciferous vegetables such as collard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and bok choy. Green colored foods such as artichokes, asparagus, avocado, peas, kiwi, and limes resonate with the heart chakra’s vibrational frequency.
BLUE: The Throat Chakra
This fifth chakra is our center of self-expression and is considered the gateway between our inner and outer worlds. This is where we speak the truth and share our authenticity with the world. This is the center of choice and demonstrates that every option has personal, social, community and global consequences.
When the throat chakra is balanced we navigate through life with integrity and a strong sense of communication and creativity. When this chakra is blocked, we are afraid to show our individuality. We lie and have trouble communicating.
Eating with the throat chakra in mind includes using our physical senses, listening to our bodies, and being aware of eating patterns and needs. Foods that support this chakra are soothing to the throat and help make speaking and self-expression easier. Soups, sauces, juices, and high-water-content foods fall into this category.
PURPLE: The Third-Eye Chakra
This sixth chakra is our center of perception, insight, and imagination. This is where our visualizations and thoughts begin as they manifest in physical reality.
When this chakra is balanced, our intellectual abilities are strong, we feel intuitive and imaginative, and we seek truth through conscious living. When this chakra is blocked we overanalyze, are filled with self-doubt, and experience physical effects in the eyes and nervous system. Imbalance might show up as nightmares, poor memory, and difficulty being imaginative or visualizing future possibilities.
Our relationship to food now includes intuitive eating. It’s where we pay attention to the body’s way of communicating its needs.
Spices, especially pungent ones such as chili, curry, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric support the third-eye chakra. Foods that nourish the brain, such as omega-3 fatty acids, help maintain a balanced state of mind.
Purple-red foods such as grapes, blueberries, figs, plums, and pomegranates support this chakra.
In exploring this chakra pay attention to your body’s messages about food. Are you overanalyzing calories, grams or your weight? Are you noticing how the foods you eat affect your body? Practice noticing how you feel after eating particular meals!
WHITE: The Crown Chakra
White resonates with this seventh chakra, which represents our connection to the divine. The crown is about purpose, connection, and seeing the bigger picture. You become the witness to your life.
When this chakra is balanced we are open-minded and aware and feel soulfully connected. When it is blocked, we feel a loss of connection to the world and those around us. Imbalances may be experienced as over-intellectualizing, needing to be right, and clinging to rigid belief systems that block newness.
Physical manifestations of this chakra being blocked might include migraines, brain tumors, and cognitive issues.
When it comes to eating to support this chakra the focus is on showing gratitude for food. Fasting is also an element of the crown chakra, not only for detox purposes, but also to recognize who we are beyond our physical body.
So if you’ve read both newsletters and came along the chakra nutrition journey with me, thank you! I hope this overview of the chakras demonstrates how interconnected everything is. All three aspects, body, mind, and soul, play a part in our experience.
I find using nutrition as a pathway in our journey to be fun and interesting! I enjoy looking at which energy center needs support and highlighting it with my eating choices.
Did you enjoy these two Joyinmovement newsletters and find them useful? If not, let me know that too!
Until next month, Joyinmovement is there for the taking, so go out and get some!
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