Feeding Your Emotions With Whole Foods
There are many circumstances in life that bring about mental and emotional pain.
It's true that time heals all wounds, but there are things you can do to help restore positive emotional health.
Emotions are contagious and our brains release electrochemical molecules that create these emotions. It's why Don Tolman agreed to take part and delve deep into this in the doco called e-motion, that was released a few years ago.
A critical thing that can accelerate the healing process, is being around people.
You can also feed your emotions through food. In fact there's an entire chapter dedicated to this in the Farmacist Desk Reference - Encyclopedia of Whole Food Medicine called, "Feeding Your Emotions".
Food and drink is not only for nourishment, it's a measure of social exchange, and whole foods in particular literally impact the subatomic, atomic, electric and molecular level of our impulses that create either health OR disease.
Whole Foods & Emotions
There is not a medicine in this world that can compare to the power of whole foods for healing the body, emotions and the mind.
Human experience shows the incredible health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and there are easy ways to get these nutrients daily.
Learn more in What Are Whole Foods? 7 Benefits Of A Whole Food Diet
The important thing to re-discover is that whole foods are at the foundation of impulse and its regulation.
Again, impulse leads to emotion and emotion is sent at the speed of light throughout our entire central nervous system. The nerves attach to our entire bodily architecture. The nerve messages lead to cellular nourishment if the emotion is a healthy positive virtue or to cellular chaos if the emotional signal is a negative toxic, potentially deadly one.
Whole foods carry the biochemicals to release negative molecular residues and strengthen positive construction.
Whole foods can lift us, calm us, recharge us, amplify us and expand our creative imaginative inventive potentials in many aspects of life.
Colours For Emotional Healing
One of the most misunderstood and underestimated aspects of foods from the plant kingdom is the variations in COLOURS of these foods and how they target and lift different body systems and parts of your anatomy.
All of these foods reflect the 7 colours of the rainbow, which is why "rainbow fasting" can be so damn powerful in amplifying positive energy and releasing negative patterns that make you feel angry or frustrated.
Choosing colours from each of the different colour groups every day is strongly recommended for maximum benefit, especially because the mind and emotions determine health and disease remission. So it’s a great idea to understand which colour of whole food affects which emotions.
Meanings of colour have been established over time and distance of human experience through the use of foods, their colours and how they made people “feel”. An example of this is red peppers, “hot-blooded”; tomatoes, the heart or “love apple”; etc.
Want to feel a certain way or enhance specific qualities in yourself?
It’s as simple as eating an abundance of that colour and clothing yourself in that shade.
The brain responds wonderfully.
Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire and love.
Being a very emotionally intense colour, red enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate and raises blood pressure.
In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage.
#1 Benefit of Red: Confidence. A sense of control and mastery of one’s body, behaviour and world; the sense that you are more likely than not to succeed at what you undertake and that others will be helpful.
Important constituents of emotion: Lycopene and Anthocyanins
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. Orange is associated with joy, sunshine and the tropics and represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement and stimulation.
Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect and stimulates mental activity.
In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
#1 Benefit of Orange: Curiosity. The sense that finding out about things is positive and leads to pleasure.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity and generates muscle energy.
In heraldry, yellow indicates honour and loyalty.
#1 Benefit of Yellow: Intentionality. The wish and capacity to have an impact, and to act upon that with persistence. This is related to a sense of competence, of being effective.
The Orange/Yellow Group Of Whole Foods
Important Constituents of Emotion: 700 + Carotenoids (Beta-carotene is but 1) Bioflavonoids and Vitamin C
Green is the colour of nature. It symbolises growth, harmony, freshness and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety.
Green has great healing power. It is the most restful colour for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance.
In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope.
#1 Benefit of Green: Self-control. The ability to modulate and control one’s own actions in age-appropriate ways; a sense of inner control.
Important constituents of emotion: Lutein and Indoles
Blue is the colour of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolises trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth and heaven; hence the name true blue.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquillity and calmness.
In heraldry, blue is used to symbolise piety and sincerity.
#1 Benefit of Blue: Relatedness. The ability to engage with others based on the sense of being understood by and understanding others.
Purple: Indigo, Violet
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolises power, nobility, luxury and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery and magic. Purple is the colour of imagination.
#1 Benefit of Indigo: Capacity to communicate. The wish and ability to verbally exchange ideas, feelings and concepts with others. This is related to a sense of trust in others and of pleasure in engaging with others.
#1 Benefit of Violet: Cooperativeness. The ability to balance one’s own needs with those of others in group activity, family and friends, etc.
Important constituents of emotion: Anthocyanins and Phenolics
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity and virginity.
It is considered to be the colour of perfection. White means safety, purity and cleanliness.
White can represent a successful beginning.
In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.
#1 Benefit of White/Brown: White light contains and supports all seven colours and skills, holistically, (generally not specifically).
Important constituents of emotion: Allicin (onion, garlic)
Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil and mystery.
Black is a mysterious colour associated with fear and the unknown like black holes.
Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant and prestigious colour like a black tie event, or a black Mercedes.
In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.
Healing ourselves requires that we remove the external donations taken internally that cause our dis-ease.
In this process, we find that the causative factors of illness are not strictly dietary problems. Instead, they can relate directly to the mental and emotional life we live as well.
Our thoughts and feelings are powerful, dynamic forces that influence every aspect of our lives and are a major causative factor in either the health or dis-ease of our body and mind.
How we feel and think about ourselves is what we become. Whether we realise it or not, our conscious and unconscious attitudes, or belief systems, and feelings, or emotions, powerfully affect the cells, tissues and organs of our physical bodies.
This along with the conditions we experience in the world around us.
Learn more in 5 Ways To Heal With The Power Of The Mind
The first and most important step in healing any problem is to become aware of and acknowledge that there is an existing problem. Once we recognise and learn to release the attitudes that inhibit our expression of being conscious, we then remove the root causes of our dis-ease. In this way, symptoms will fade away and we will establish permanent healing.
There is not a medicine, supplement or potion that can compare to the power of changed thoughts, whole foods, loving touch or fasting for healing the body, emotions and mind. Touching and fasting must be present before true, lasting healing can typically occur.
Learn more in Fasting: What You Should Know
By consciously choosing touch and fasting, we can free ourselves of the blockages commonly referred to as pain and disease.
Dietary and bodily hygiene opens the door for love to enter and negative emotions to resolve and be released. When you let go of guilt, for example, you are then free to love yourself and life more fully.
When you find it in your heart to let go of resentment and anger, you are then free to love other people more fully and will experience greater harmony in all of your relationships.
This is the basic formula necessary for healing ourselves on an individual level and for healing our world on a global level.
Reason and emotion, mind and heart, are the regulators of the body's response to whole food medicine.
How To Eat For Emotional Healing
Whole foods not only assist in this process, but whole foods are the very foundation of our emotional fabric.
Whole food dietary hygiene is the key that opens the door to life.
Internal physical cleanliness is the force that fully activates the bio-circuitry in our mind/body system.
Love in a pure, clean, flowing body is the source of healing.
Wrong diet and lack of physical hygiene can create the negative and destructive energies in and between people in their social encounters.
From the most Ancient of Times whole foods were looked at as messengers of healing and knowledge,
in fact, they were called “Words of Wisdom” until about the 1890’s.
We need to express and identify words of positive emotion in order to amplify them. Actually, say them aloud or to yourself as you eat the colours of foods that represent them.
Eating the colour of food and focusing on positive emotions while asking your mind and body to release the negative emotional counterpart leads to healing. This is where the ritual blessing of food came from.
Express and identify words of emotion to diminish and/or release them.
Picture them coming out of you through the bowel, urinary tract or breath.
Sometimes it helps to play or mime the bodily postures and facial expressions of the emotions we want magnified and/or released.
Exaggerate for instance the pathetic frown, and lips quivering as you explain to someone how hurt you are for them teasing or making fun of you. Kids are great at this. Substitute an emotion for the one you really feel and exaggerate it as well.
Embrace a variety of colours of foods and do it often. Get outdoors and walk because it gets your senses involved. Overload on YELLOW plant foods (like Pineapple, Mango, Corn and Bananas) and expose your body to sunlight.
All of these things will not only help your health, but they are also significant keys to restoring your emotional balance and wellbeing.
Tolman Self Care.