Eating For Your Subtle Body
Before I get into the heart of this post, I wanted to thank all of you that have linked to and/or tried out the Women’s Energetics e-book. I so appreciate it, and hope it will reach whomever it is meant to reach. Since I first posted I have fixed some typos and made it available on Smashwords in many e-reader formats, including Nook, Kindle, Ibooks, etc. Also, I am working on fixing the static that comes through in some of the accompanying podcasts.
Now for that most loaded of subjects – for some of us anyway (especially women) – food. Food is energy, and so of course it makes sense to approach food vibrationally – not only in terms of nutrition or calories. I have been working with this myself for some time, and it has been truly helpful.
Since I work with the chakras, one of my primary reference points is the work of nutritionist and energy healer Deanna Minnich, author of the book Chakra Foods for Optimum Health. Although I can’t possibly incorporate all this great book discusses here, in general, here are the foods that support the function of each chakra energetically:
Root/First Chakra – proteins, root vegetables, red fruits and vegetables
Second/Sacral Chakra – water, essential fatty acids/Omega-3s, tropical fruits, orange fruits and vegetables
Third/Navel/Solar Plexus Chakra – whole grains, high-fiber foods, low-glycemic carbs, yellow/tan foods
Fourth/Heart Chakra – cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, sprouts, raw foods
Fifth/Throat Chakra – sea plants, soups, high-water fruits like melons, juices
Sixth/Third Eye -caffeine, chocolate, spices, alcohol (particularly red wine), purple-red berries and grapes
Seventh/Crown Chakra – pure foods of all types, sunlight, clean/pure air and water
Just like with nutrients, it’s important to approach eating for our chakras holistically, with an eye to overall balance. But we can also use chakra eating to better understand and address common eating challenges or poor eating habits. I find this is especially true for individuals that are very sensitive energetically, and/or intuitive (one or both of which you probably are if you are interested in the topics of this blog!)
Working with this system, problems arise when we feel a lack or need related to the energetic function of a particular chakra, and instead of eating foods that support that chakra, we reach for something else that gives us a fake or temporary boost in that area. This is very similar to what most of us call ’emotional eating’ – eating too many carbs, sweets, or other comfort foods in response to stress, depression, anger, or to reward ourselves.
In this case, instead of ’emotional eating’, we engage in ‘imbalanced energy eating’ – eating in response to different energetic forces or deficiencies. Getting in touch with our energetic cycles and needs can positively impact our eating patterns, just as working through emotional eating issues can. For those of us that are energetically sensitive, a common problem that can arise is eating incorrectly to ground ourselves, or to shield ourselves.
If you are naturally a very upper chakra person, you may at times be prone to feeling spacey, unfocused, floaty, or in short, ungrounded. This can cause you to be drawn to heavy, rich foods – usually refined flour carbs and high-fat dairy. These do temporarily bring you back to earth, but they don’t truly help you ground. A better choice for grounding is to focus on foods that support your root chakra – primarily protein. Although any protein is grounding, the denser the protein, the more the grounding, i.e. meat is more grounding than legumes (although both will work.) Incorporating more root chakra foods into your diet on a regular basis – root vegetables, red foods – will also help support the grounding function of this chakra.
Eating to shield yourself might also be an issue – eating in response to psychic/energetic overload, such as being in a crowd or being involved in an angry or otherwise difficult energetic interaction. The root and navel chakras are both heavily involved in our ability to shield ourselves energetically – our ability to create and maintain healthy energetic boundaries. Eating the foods that support these chakras on a regular basis – proteins, fibers, low-glycemic carbs, red and yellow/tan foods – will help support these boundaries (in addition to visualization and self-awareness work to develop them.)
Craving sweets can be a sign of a few different things. It might indicate that you need more second/sacral chakra energy in your life – joy, passion, creativity, sensuality, and yes sex (did you know increasing the amount of sex you have is highly correlated with losing weight?) If that’s the case, eating second chakra foods – those with essential fatty acids/Omega-3s, tropical fruits, orange fruits and vegetables – will help reduce the cravings. Sweet cravings can also be a sign you need more third/navel/solar plexus strength – that you are seeking a quick-fix way to shield yourself from energetic pain or over-stimulation, and in fact need better energetic boundaries.
As a woman, another thing to consider is where you are in your monthly cycle and/or energetic life phase. We are already more energetically absorbent in general, and are particularly sensitive in the days leading up to menstruation, and during perimenopause. This means that eating to shield ourselves – supporting our root and navel chakras – is especially important during these times.
I think another issue that can arise for intuitive people is eating foods that stimulate the third eye to an unhealthy degree. Obviously the foods that support the third eye are fun foods for most of us – coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, berries – fun:-) But any of these in excess is problematic. In addition to the physical problems, it can overstimulate our third eye, causing too much energetic data to flood in, resulting in a vicious cycle of craving heavy carbs or sweets as a quick-fix way to shield ourselves. I know for myself I realized at one point that when my energetic boundaries were weak, I would feel unfocused or out of touch with my intuition, and thus impulsively overdo it on third eye foods – particularly coffee and chocolate – in an attempt to reconnect with my intuition, when what I really needed was foods to support my root and navel chakras to ground and shield myself.
One thing that eating for your subtle body really highlights is that you may need different foods from an energetic perspective depending on your situation. For example, on days you are surrounded by lots of people, or face a difficult commute or meeting, grounding and shielding foods may be more important, while when you are on a spiritual retreat, eating heart and third eye foods might be exactly what you need.
Mindful eating is also essential for getting in tune with how foods impact your unique energy body. We are each different, and although the list above provides a general guide, you may notice other patterns for yourself if you really focus on how you feel before and after you eat different foods.
Another thing that has been quite helpful to me is a tantric approach to food. In tantra, distinctions between good and bad, pure and impure, are discarded, and the focus is instead on working with all experiences energetically on a deep level, and to find Source/Light at the root of all these energies. So for me, tantric eating means 1) focusing on the pleasurable aspects of eating, and 2) focusing on my ability to absorb what I need from foods energetically and urging my body to discard the rest. This means that while I do attempt to eat pure, healthy foods, when I have or choose not to, I can energetically draw what I need from the foods, and release the rest.
I’d love to hear ways that you eat for your subtle or energy body, or ways that you feel you might engage in ‘imbalanced energy eating’ (in the present or past.) Namaste-