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The Foods That Feed Our Emotions

In my previous blog, “Cravings: A Call to Feed the Emotion,” I promised to share with you which cravings feed which emotions. This is an important part of healing.  To stop feeding the emotion, we must understand how it is being fed; and food is the key.   

First, let me say that emotions are important to our human-ness. Emotions allow us to laugh and cry, to show excitement and fear, anger and sadness.  Emotions help us feel our thoughts, express our feelings and share our uniqueness. Without emotions, life would be pretty boring. Emotions, however, should not define our lives or rule who are.  
Its healthy to get angry when we are feeling hurt or abused; what is not healthy is when anger turns into resentment.  It is healthy to be afraid when we need to move away from something; it is unhealthy to live in fear. It is okay to be disappointed when something does not work out; it is unhealthy to become a disappointment.  Our bodies are designed to handle all of these unique feelings, moments at a time.
When do emotions cross the line? When we choose to live in the emotion instead of choosing to move through the emotion.  When we live in an emotion, it becomes a repetitive pattern. Eventually, through repetition, this energy finds a place to call home within our bodies.  The longer we live in the emotion, the deeper this energy digs itself into this comfortable new home and eventually, we become the emotion, unable to remember who we are without it.  The emotion has now become us, otherwise known as “I feel stuck,” words I often hear from my clients. 
For the emotion to stay comfortable in its hiding place, it must be fed, a job we easily become proficient at doing. Knowing what foods feed which emotions can help us choose differently. This is the starting point of taking our power back from the emotion. Let’s look at the foods that feed the emotions.
Disappointments are fed with caffeine, chocolate, white sugars, refined carbs and extra salty foods.  I know, I know, how can you live without caffeine?  Quite nicely I assure you!
Frustrations and angers are fed with artificial ingredients (read labels), city and purified waters and white sugars.  Yes, all that junk food has to go!
Nervousness is fed with caffeine, chocolate, oranges and O.J. and other acidic foods that may cause distress to the stomach.  Nervousness often turns into anxiety and anxiety is fed with stimulants.  Not a good idea for this personality type.
Fears and worries are fed with fried food, hydrogenated oils, pork and cow cheese. 
The goods news is that bad oils can be replaced with good oils, which help alleviate the cravings such as extra virgin olive oil, sesame tahini, avocado and small amounts of nuts and seeds or nut and seed butters.
Resentments, bitterness and blame are attached to victim mentality and are fed with cow dairy, oranges & orange juice, white sugars and refined carbs. We don’t have to go without; instead we can replace cow dairy products with organic soy, rice, goat, sheep and almond milk products.
Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are fed with stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate, white sugars, refined carbs, loud music and stressful situations.  Replace with relaxants such as lavender, chamomile, long walks, hot baths, yoga, meditation, tai chi, gardening; anything that grounds the energy.  
When given this information, I often hear from my clients... “How can I live without my coffee! or my chocolate! or my milk!”  Quite nicely I assure them, and for an added bonus, you can begin to achieve the results you are asking for. Caffeine or bladder?  Its your call.
In my next blog, I will share with you some of the physical symptoms that are attached to these emotions.  If we learn to see how all these pieces fit together, we may be able to make a puzzle with a beautiful picture at the end. There is a light at the end of this tunnel, and that light is you!


David Shepherd said...

It took me a while to get rid of caffeine. It took many failed attempts and probably about 6-9 months, but each new attempt to give it up was a bit better than the one before it. Now I drink about a half a cup of decaf coffee each morning and water. My energy is much much better without all the crashes.

Linda Wojcik, Nutritional Kinesiologist, Spiritual Intuitive, Flower Practitioner said...

Such a great comment David. People drink caffeine for that energy boost. What they don't realize the long term effects on the adrenal system.. ups and downs play havoc after a while. If additional support is necessary, a good multi or b-complex vitamin can help or green supplements like Spirulina or chlorella will nourish the cells

Lisa said...

"City or purified water"? So...the water purifier I have on my faucet isn't cutting it? Just curious what the issue is there. And also...what water is left?

Linda Wojcik, Nutritional Kinesiologist, Spiritual Intuitive, Flower Practitioner said...

Good question... I find that MOST, not all, filtering or purifying systems on city water supplies work quite well. Not true all the time. My son for instance lived in W Hartford and bought a very expensive purifying system. He was so sick within a month and did not connect the dots. Get off the water; he improved. Usually your body will let you know although some of us are not quite as sensitive. Purified waters that you purchase such as Dasani or Nestle will definitely not flush the system. Pure spring water is usually the safest bet.

Terri said...

What about raw Cacao? it is rich in magnesium, antioxidants, and many other nutrients, considered a superfood. it can be slightly stimulating, but in a good way, not an agitating way. combined with raw Maca, it is very good for adrenals. at least it's a stepping stone away from caffeine.

Linda Wojcik, Nutritional Kinesiologist, Spiritual Intuitive, Flower Practitioner said...

I agree Terri. Raw Cacao is very different that the chocolate and caffeine consumed by most. It is a very beneficial food in moderation....

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Anonymous said...

Very, very interesting! Quite curious and puzzling to find out how one arrived at finding the link between a particular emotion to a specific organ and particular ailment and also to the foods that enhance or reduce that emotion!! Genuinely asking because of my ignorance.

Is this where the sharp intuition, Kinesiology, or being clairvoyant, provides the knowledge?
Or are there any other ways of pinpointing the links? Is it from texts or information received from a still mind?

Like a music composer or a painter or a writer/poet or orator?

Thank you for sharing your Knowledge.

Linda Wojcik, Nutritional Kinesiologist, Spiritual Intuitive, Flower Practitioner said...

Thank you for your comments. The information you ask about organs and emotions has come from my work over the past 33 years with clients:

learning through experience
using Kinesiology to help confirm the healing experience
paying attention to the physical body as it reacts and recognizing it as a language

I also will share that my intuitive gifts have been enhanced over the years throughout the years. The more we practice who we really are, the more our gifts will become enhanced.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your reply.
Pardon me if i was out of line or lacking in etiquette in making that inquiry at all. I'm sorry. Forgive me.
Looking forward to reading more posts in this blog.