In Nourishing and Nurturing Part 2, WU World Changer Danielle Duperret shares about the correlation between the food we eat and how it affects our mood. Late joining this series? Catch up on Part 1!
Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!
How do you feel after a hearty Thanksgiving meal? Are you alert and full of energy or ready to take a nap? Have you ever said, “It’s the last time I stuff myself like this”? However, there are leftovers for a day or two. You don’t want to let those go to waste, so you eat a copious meal again, and again. By next year, you will have forgotten about it and will enjoy another hearty Thanksgiving meal.
New Year’s Eve follows Christmas that followed Thanksgiving. By January, it’s time to detox, whether you do it by choice or through cold and flu. Yes, cold and flu are just the way your body cleanses itself to stay healthy. Rest, and let it do its job.
Many foods contain gluten, and many people are sensitive to it. Gluten tends to “glue” your red blood cells together, forming what is called “rouleaux” in French and “rolls” in English. When they are stuck together, these red blood cells cannot deliver much oxygen or nutrients to your cells.
You feel sluggish and heavy like thick molasses is running through your veins and arteries. You are not in shape to run a marathon or concentrate on a new project. Choose healthier foods, full of energy and vitality, to tackle the next task at hand.
From Leaky Gut to Leaky Brain
Your gut membrane is only one cell thick, which is pretty thin. In the best of worlds, these cells absorb nutrients. Because of stress and unnatural foods, toxins, unhealthy food particles, drugs, and pathogens, which should be evacuated, bore through and between the cells, and cause many ravages once they pass this border. We are now dealing with “leaky gut.”
Thankfully, the ever so vigilant immune system is ready to catch the intruders on the other side. Unfortunately for us, these intruders are smart and can mimic the signature of body parts, which then causes the immune system to wage war against said body parts, leading to degenerative diseases.
Not happy to have caused damage to the gut lining and other parts, the intruders start attacking the brain in the same manner. They loosen the tight junctions of its membrane and infiltrate the brain, and it fights back. It’s the beginning of dementia. The gut has been called the second brain. Most, if not all of our ills, start there. Is it worth making an effort to keep this gut, healthy? Absolutely (in my opinion)!
The Sugar Cycle
Skipping meals and consuming too much sugar will take you on the sugar roller coaster. Let’s look at it:
- You eat sugar mmm, it tastes so good
- Your blood sugar spikes. Dopamine is released in the brain, and this makes you feel soooooo good. Insulin is secreted as well to drop your blood sugar levels.
- Your blood sugar levels plummet. High insulin levels store fat in your body.
- You start craving sugar again, and the cycle repeats.
Does sugar affect your mood?
You be the judge. It has been linked to exhaustion, weakness, digestive trouble, shaking, sweating, hyperactivity, anxiety, nervousness, confusion, headache, irritability, sadness, crying spells, faintness, hunger, night terrors, and nightmares. A smorgasbord of side effects!
Does it still taste good?
If you follow a sugar-burning diet, you will be on this roller coaster, as sugar burns rapidly and needs to be constantly replenished. You will feel hungry most of the time. Much has been documented about leading a fat-burning lifestyle (healthy fats), which avoids the ups and downs of a sugar-based metabolism. It also allows you to feel satisfied all day long, and thus calmer.
You don’t have to eat less, you just have to eat right.
Here are 10 suggestions (which I elaborate on in my book/course Eat Well, Live Well with Energy, Vitality, and Focus) for nourishing and nurturing your body-mind and feel satisfied:
- Eat with an attitude of gratitude. Pray and bless your food.
- Enjoy food in a relaxing environment, ideally in nature.
- Chew your food well. Eat mindfully, consciously.
- Organic, in season, nutrient-dense foods are optimal.
- Eat a variety of colors, textures, and tastes.
- Nourish your ethnic/ancestral background. Who are your ancestors? What foods did they eat?
- Nurture the child within. Have fun!
- E-motion = Energy in motion. Emotions need to circulate, not get “stuffed down” with foods.
- Nurture your social needs. Find a community to “break bread” with.
- Nurture your mind and spirit. Read good books and connect with a Higher Power, ideally read a chapter or a poem before you sit down to eat your meal.
There is a connection between food and mood.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series next week!
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