It's almost two years since I've made the transition to a semi-vegan lifestyle, and while the transition hasn't been easy, it's been a physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. Coming from a large Italian and Southern family, food is the core of everything and most of the time, it isn't the healthiest.
I grew up, like most, believing food should be the center of every gathering, happy occasion, and as a means of enjoyment; now that I'm older and building traditions of my own, I'm working to change that thought process and use food as a tool to nourish and heal. Food is meant to be a nutritious substance that helps us maintain a [healthy] life and grow, but in today's climate, food is altering our moods, lowering our spiritual vibration, and killing us. It has taken me a long time to understand this, but after consistently being sick for years, mentally and physically, I began to change my diet—eliminating animal flesh, dairy, and gluten, and cutting back on sugar—I noticed a shift in my spirit and how I felt physically.
Food plays a role in all aspects of our well-being, and I encourage you to look at food as more than a means of fuel, but as a resource for nourishment and to support your overall health and spirit; here's how food can heal you and fuel your spirit.
Mental Clarity and Energy
Because I work to manage my anxiety daily, sometimes minute-to-minute bases, I have to be mindful of the food I'm eating, and what will stimulate my mind positively. Excess caffeine and sugar will make me feel "fuzzy" and fatigue, and anything processed makes me lose any stamina I have. So, I had to do a lot of research and testing to see what types of food will provide me with mental clarity and energy, and it started with eating real, whole foods. Foods that excite your brain and give you strength are generally found on the perimeter of the grocery store; you should avoid anything with a barcode or has more than five ingredients on the label.
I encourage you to eliminate sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food additives, and preservatives; these ingredients can poise your brain and disrupt your spirit.
Foods for mental clarity and energy
• [Unsalted] Nuts and seeds
• Dark chocolate
• Green tea or matcha
Nourish from the Inside Out
Do you find yourself hungry at random times throughout the day? Craving a very specific food— a candy bar, burger, or cookies? Yeah, me too, and it took me years to realize and understand, I'm an emotional eater. I eat when I'm bored, anxious, and happy; whatever the reason, it's important to recognize if you're eating because you're hungry or craving an emotional need. If this is you too, I encourage you to find non-foods ways to manage your triggers and nourish from the inside out.
Getting enough sleep and exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety, but eating the right foods can promote energy and satisfaction, as well as shifting your mood.
Foods to nourish from the inside out
• Ginger tea
• Fruit and nut mix
Physical nutrition is important but equally important is spiritual nutrition because we always become what we eat. If you're feeding your body 'junk food', your mind and spirit will become the same. You should look to consume food that is pure and good for the soul because when you consume food in its purest form, it contains energy from the sun and earth. These foods vibrate at a higher energy and will benefit your physical and spiritual health; you'll receive more energy from eating fresh food than processed, pre-packaged food.
Foods good for the soul
• All fresh fruits and vegetables
• Gluten-free whole grains
• Brown rice
• Fresh herbs and spices
• Olive oil
• [Unsalted] Nuts and seeds
Veganism isn't for everyone but eating to nourish your spirit is, and with simple adjustments in your current diet can benefit your mind, body, and soul. Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.