Foods To Avoid For Physical And Spiritual Well-being

Over the past few weeks, I have learned a lot about foods to avoid for physical and spiritual well-being. Remember, I am not a physician and the advice here should be considered anecdotal, at best.

IMG_2114Since the beginning of February, I was told by Michael Broffman at the Pine Street Clinic to avoid avocado, eggplant, soy, vinegar, pineapple, alcohol, chocolate, and wheat! These provide ingredients which are contraindicated for the Chinese herbs I am currently taking. Of these, chocolate, avocado, and wheat make eating difficult, but not impossible. I’ve learned to live with these restrictions, especially when I recognize the they are impermanent.

From a webinar I watched for a while, I learned from Dr. Sara Gottfried and J. J. Virgin to avoid eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar & artificial sweeteners, dairy, and glutamate. I don’t really know the reasons for any of these, but I can speculate on a few.

I think soy is considered bad because more than 80% of the soy grown in the US is genetically modified. Ssee, for example, Are You Playing Genetic Roulette? and Are We Eating Our Children?, two articles about GMO foods. Perhaps this is also true for corn.

Artificial varieties of sugar prepare the brain for a sugar boost which never comes. The taste buds trigger this expectation in the brain and it eventually gives up, thus losing the benefit of artificial sweeteners. They also encourage sugar craving and sugar dependence because they are sweet. Qing Yang reports in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine that “While people often choose “diet” or “light” products to lose weight, research studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may contribute to weight gain.” [Read More…]

Now chakra healer, Carol Tuttle, reports on Chakra Foods – Eating Our Way to Physical And Spiritual Wellbeing | Chakra Healing Blog that the following foods  should be avoided:

However, many foods and drinks are not only unhealthy for the body and mind physically, but also can unbalance the chakras and cause energy leakages and blockages. Any foods or drinks which encourage addictive behavior are particularly harmful for the sacral or second chakra, which when blocked can result in gluttonous or addictive habits. High fat foods, foods with a high salt or MSG content (a popular flavor enhancer which is mildly addictive and present in many processed foods) or foods and drinks containing caffeine or other stimulants are often the cause of problems with all the chakras.

Eating healthily, with a balanced diet based on raw and unprocessed foods is not only fantastic for many aspects of your physical body, but can also really assist with the development of your spiritual life via your chakras. By locating which chakra you are having problems with, it is relatively easy to find out which foods (by color or association) you can focus your diet upon in order to return balance and harmony to your body, mind and spirit. [Read More…]

While this statement is fairly non-specific, she does tell us that “green colored foods such as fresh leafy vegetables and certain green fruits or pulses are a great way of healing and opening your fourth chakra, that of the heart.” For the root chakra, whose color is red, she recommends, “include red meats and other animal proteins, red fruits and berries (especially pomegranates and cranberries) and root vegetables such as beetroot and yam.”

So, if you take anything away from this article, let it be to avoid artificial sugars, especially in diet drinks like Coke and Pepsi. These are the worse for you.

What are you willing to give up in your diet to balance your chakras and reduce you craving for sweets? Anything? Please share.

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