“Your diet is the primary material for your body to construct its intricate matrix of being"
Taking an active part of your healthcare is a potent way to prevent health issues and manage and tend the problems you suffer from currently. Nutrition, movement and quiet reflection and meditation are the foundational elements of this process. In considering nutrition remember that your diet, the food and drink that you consume, is the primary material for your body to construct its intricate matrix of being. If your diet is deficient in the rich and natural elements that it needs, your body will suffer. Conversely, if it is oversaturated in other elements, your body will likewise suffer.
The key elements to nutrition are:
How do you feel after you eat specific foods? How do different foods impact your body? Do certain grains give you cramping in your lower body or disrupt your bowel habits? Does dairy make your nose run? Does sugar make you spacey? Do you notice a pattern with your emotions or your joint pain in relation to specific foods?
There are so many possibilities of experience! It may seem overwhelming, but it only takes time and attention to learn about what foods will promote your health and wellness, and which will promote illness and suffering. An excellent aid to help you learn more about your current personal nutrition is a food journal. If through your detective work you can discover that for example your arthritic symptoms are generated from eating processed grains, you can limit or remove these foods in your diet and benefit greatly physically and emotionally.
Other aspects of mindfulness relate to how your emotions impact your choices. The key aspect of this element of mindfulness is simply your attention and thoughtfulness. Take the time to note your mood and emotions throughout the day, then notice what foods you are drawn to or repelled from.
Another important part of mindful eating is a consciousness of the way in which you participate in the ritual of eating your food - hopefully slowly, chewing thoroughly while in a relaxed setting! The way we eat our meals and snacks has a profound effect on our body’s digestive process, and in turn how we assimilate nutrients. Stomachaches, gas and bloating and low energy are negative effects of a disturbed and rushed eating experience.
In working intimately with our diet, we observe the way psyche and soma are greatly interconnected and both impacted by and from our food choices and eating habits. If you would like support in tracking your diet and learning more about new possibilities of nutrition and health, you can learn more at by calling the clinic at 707-861-8930.
Chase L. Desso, LAc