Do you ever stop to simply take a deep breathe and give thanks to the earth for providing you with energy (food) that keeps you alive and breathing?
Do you ever look at your food for what it is, which is the giver of life?
I know I do.. And ever since I learned about how our emotional state can affect the way we digest and utilize our food, I’ve been working on developing my relationship with food even further!
Let’s be honest, it’s impossible to separate food from emotions.
We all use food to celebrate, we use food to heal and comfort, we use it to nurture, and some of us fall into the trap of using it to suppress emotions. Therefore, one of the most important factors to sustainable weight-loss is building a healthy relationship with food.
Along my journey, I’ve found that intention is everything, ESPECIALLY when it comes to food!
When you’re preparing food with love, you feel more joy behind every bite. When you’re aware that the food you’re eating is helping protect your body from stress and aging, you feel more secure and rooted with every bite. When you realize that our serotonin (a compound present in blood platelets and serum that constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter, which is also known as our natural mood stabilizer), is mainly produced in your gut, you’ll know that every bite is another step closer to a lighter heart and happier mind!
So, now that you’re aware of all these things, you’ll be consciously eating foods that are going to help the production of the beneficial neurotransmitter, serotonin. You’ll also learn how to show more gratitude as you eat your meals, which will also help your emotional response to your food.
Now that you know about serotonin, which is made from the essential amino acid tryptophan, you can get more of this amino acid into your body through foods such as nuts and dark chocolate! This is just one of many food-related emotional hacks.
Many health professionals are interested about how our GI tract is responsible for our mood and emotional states, such as Emeran Mayer, the professor of physiology, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the U.C.L.A., who stated “A big part of our emotions are probably influenced by the nerves in our gut.”
Mayer teaches a lot about how the second brain (our gut) informs out state of mind in many ways. She talks about how our guts play a big role in how people get nervous before big performances and other types of nerve provoking circumstances.
The whole point of this is to show you that you can influence your emotions with the food you eat! As you eat a sustainable and ethical plant-based diet, your mood will be enhanced by so many different factors of eating with good intentions behind every bite.
Also, since whole plant-foods were perfectly designed for us to digest properly, your GI tract won’t be negatively impacted while digesting your food. This will make a HUGE difference in the way you feel physically and mentally.
By creating better emotions towards your food, you’ll also be dodging a lot of stress, which releases the hormone, cortisol.
Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that helps you hear better, run faster, see further, and load your bloodstream with fuel for quick energy. Look at it as the hormone that helps us survive when true danger arises in our lives.
We already know that our emotions can affect our ability to lose weight, so it makes sense that another source of weight-loss resistance is stress. It’s funny because there have been studies by the NIH that show you can literally think your way to weight-loss and weight-gain. This is because stressful thoughts can activate metabolic pathways that cause insulin resistance and weight-gain!
Knowing this, we can create a better emotional response to eating certain plants.
Take this tid bit of information and run with it. Start creating a better relationship with your food. Try out some meals with nuts and dark chocolate. Make new food affirmations and put true intentions behind the food you eat, because after all, your food is what gives you your energy and vitality to live abundantly..
If you do all of these things, you’ll begin to feel better and have better digestion, which will help a LOT with your weight-loss goals!
I hope this small blog post helped you learn a little more about how our food impacts our guts and emotions. If you put this information to use, your body and mind will thank you dearly.
And if you’re wanting more context to how our emotions play a role in our weight-loss, I also have a 5-minute How Our Emotions Affect Weight-Loss video on my IGTV channel that goes over this topic. If you like this written post, you’ll love the video!!
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