What's on your plate?

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What's on your plate?

Often, we eat empty calories. Vinay Garg tells you how this could affect not just your body, but also your emotions

Have you ever had a disagreement with someone and then, felt a pressure in the abdominal area or even nausea? Have you ever felt heartache or experienced the loss of a family member and lost the desire to eat?

A recent study showed that emotions can slow down the movement of blood and lymph through the body and stress weakens the immune system and prolongs infection. Competitive work environments, pressure, ambitious targets and the continuous struggle for survival had resulted in increased ratio of stress and depression.

The right nutrients

Did you know that food can help us heal our mind and soul, strengthen our energies and escalate positive force in our life? When a mother cooks with love and care for her children, it is reflected in the food and the child remains healthy. In the same way, the food that we eat can be energised through various ways.

It is proven that most of the chronic diseases today can be drastically reduced with better nutrition and lifestyle changes. But so much of what we are eating today is actually taking away from our health. It is devoid of nutrients and filled with empty calories. We are walking around overweight, bloated and inflamed, but we are actually starving for nutrients.

Without proper nutrition, a person may have trouble concentrating and learning new skills, and may often experience emotional and behavioural problems that affect performance and relationships. The right type of food, when digested thoroughly, benefits the biochemistry of our bodies and especially the way our brain works.

As a result, positive nutrition enhances the wellbeing of the mind in general, including how we think and feel. People who fare well both in terms of personal awareness and nutrition and who are adequately active, harmonise emotions most efficiently. When emotions are relatively balanced, we naturally sense self-respect. Relationship between food and awareness is a key to feeling complete and having emotional equilibrium.

Taking good care

The best way to reduce emotional ups and downs is to make a commitment to take good care of yourself. Poor eating also impacts mood, often leaving you feeling worse on a bad day.

Nowadays, people are inventing new techniques of food processing and  styles to help therapeutic treatment through foods — such as organic food and reiki-treated food.

Today, staying healthy and avoiding illness has become a priority, and more traditional and natural solutions continue to grow in popularity. The health benefits offered by natural solutions resonate with people who increasingly fear the role of commercialisation and who want solutions that cost-effectively fit in with their lifestyles.

For many, the focus on good food and nutrition has become more important. Just as the saying goes, ‘we are what we eat’, every cell in our body was created from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

According to a recent survey of more than 30,000 consumers in more than 60 nations, younger consumers are more concerned about food ingredients, genetically-modified foods and organic foods as compared to the previous generations. Indeed, an obsession with healthy and clean eating seems to be the order of the day.

Additionally, food also affects the quality of our lives, our appearance, moods, weight, energy, the ageing process and our overall health and wellbeing. It is proven that a person who is emotionally and mentally balanced and stronger shows better performance and stays more relaxed and happy.

It’s a clarion call to understand the need of the hour and opt for holistic and good food, which can help in balancing and harmonising our emotions. For, we feed not just our tummies.

(The author is director and co-founder of Neelvow)

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