Episode #23 – Feed Your Body Feed Your Soul
It’s important to understand what you feed your body has the ability to affect your mental health. Therefore, the choices you make as it pertains to what you eat is vital. It’s time that we focus on our longevity and what it means to live a meaningful life.
I read this amazing article by Eva Selhub MD titled, Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food and it shared some important points. It mentioned how what you feed your body takes care of your thoughts and movements. Furthermore, the effect it has on your breathing, heartbeat, and your senses. If you’re not feeding your body properly, guess how your mind is being affected?
We all have the responsibility to take care of our existence on this planet. Many of us have no idea how many things go into maintaining ourselves. It’s not because the information isn’t out there. But maybe because we rely on the teachings that have been handed to us. In order to sustain anything, we must know the best way to feed it, both physically and mentally.
Among many things, we’re encouraged to do the minimal. In other words, go to school, get a good job, and take care of your family. But what about the things in between? It’s like purchasing a car, but failing to keep up with it’s weekly and monthly upkeeps. I can imagine how good it feels to establish these things, but how do you sustain it? When you feed the body, you simultaneously feed the soul. One cannot exist without the other.
The sharper the body, the sharper the mental. There’s a feeling you get when you eat the wrong thing that differs from the right. The feeling is unavoidable.
What You Eat is What You Feel
Now I’m far from a nutritionist, so therefore I will get help from so that I am able to help you better. It wasn’t until I changed the way I ate, did I feel an improvement overall. Just because it tastes good, doesn’t mean it feels good. So when you feed your body, before every bite, ask yourself, “How will I feel as a result?”
If your soul doesn’t resonate with what you feed your body, then don’t do it. I know it’s easy to get a dollar burger at McDonald’s and Burger King, but think before you eat. Think about the different components that go into maintaining a car. You not only have to put gas in it, you have to put both engine and transmission oil. And it doesn’t stop there. You have all these other fluids that come into play.
The same goes for our bodies. When we feed our bodies with foods that deplete us, we feel depleted in return. Your body is the vehicle to your very existence. What you feed it will determine how far it will take you. The question is, how far do you want to go and what are you willing to do to get there? We tend to take care of things that we value the most. So how much do you value yourself?
Foods That Feed the Soul
I promised you that I would get the help so here it is. Before I get into it I must stress how important it is to be mindful of how you feed your body. Although I encourage you to do your own research, I have done a little to help you out.
Maxine Barish-Wreden, M.D., AbIHM, wrote an article titled, Eating Well for Mental Health. It states how processed sugar and processed foods can lead to depression. I believe that my mental state is very important to me because without it I can lose my sanity. And I believe my sanity plays an important role in how I live my day to day life.
If I am feeling good, then my view on life is different. It affects the way I approach my day and how I handle whatever unknown life presents me with. My mental state affects my energy and how I distribute it to the world around me.
Healthy Eating Tips that Feed the Soul
We all deserve the best, but if we are to give our best, we must feed our bodies properly. Dr. Barish-Wreden also encourages us to practice mindful eating, paying attention to how we fell when we eat. If you ever intend on experiencing that good ol feelin that life has to offer, be mindful. I want to leave you with some healthy eating tips Dr. Barish-Wreden suggest:
- Stay Away From Processed Snacks: Now I know how tasty potato chips or sugar-filled snacks can be, but remember, if it isn’t good, it won’t feel good. Don’t sacrifice a long-term goal for a temporary feeling.
- Eat Plenty of Healthy Fats: Such fats include olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado. This is vital for the soul as it supports the functionality of your brain. Once again, what you feed your body feeds the soul.
- Snack Healthy: Snacks such as fruits, nuts, or baked potatoes does the body good.
- Timing and Location Matters: Eating in front of the television can be distracting and can cause you to overeat. Rather, find a quiet, peaceful place where you can relax and consume good foods. Chew slowly and enjoy every bite.
Eat Good Feel Good
I hope this gives you something to build on. I’m not only speaking on this from a research aspect, but also from my own personal experience. For me to be able to continue to that good feelin lifestyle, I had to attack all aspects of my life and this was one of them.
The more I was able to feed my body properly, the better I felt. And the better I felt, the better my consultation became. A clean mind feeds a weak soul and healthy foods make for a clear mind. They go hand in hand. From my eating good, I was able to do more because the energy created allowed me to. I say all of this to say when your body is well-fed, the soul wins.
Join me next week for Episode #24 – Get to the Root of Hate With Love. Based on the state of our world today, it is very necessary to kill the hate bug. Let’s visit the power of love and its ability to dismantle this disease called hate.