I have been a bit of a food and health fanatic for most of my adult life. It is one of my many passions. Recently, however, I have become less inspired by food than I used to be. Sometimes I have even felt downright indifferent about it until my friend Vanessa came to stay with me during her visit from Colorado. Vanessa announced shortly after her arrival that she was going on a detox. My first response was to eat some chocolate and wish her well.
But THEN she inspired me.
My daughter even jumped on board, so all week we have been sharing in the misery and ecstasy that is cleansing. The unexpected part? I have been having so much more fun with my food! It is funny how sometimes it takes having boundaries and restrictions to feel delighted and even free. I believe this is true for many things in life.
Whenever I endeavor to really dial in on my diet, amazing things happen. I understand that the transformative effects of how and why I eat, affect me just as much as what I eat. This is because of the energetics of nutrition.
The energetics of nutrition: a polarity perspective
The Polarity approach to nutrition is not about following a rigid diet that everyone should conform to, although there are guidelines. It is more a perspective than a prescription. As polarity aims to bring balance to the whole being, emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, it starts with the underlying principle that gives rise to it all: energy.
Food balances (and imbalances) our energy
When we go through life eating whatever is closest at hand, it is easy to lose touch with the “why” that motivates our choices and the mindset around our eating. Consequently, we often don’t realize how our food is even affecting us.
The polarity perspective on the energetics of nutrition looks at how your food is working for (or against) you physically. But what you eat is only one part of it. The “why” you eat what you do and the consciousness around it, can often be even more important.
The more consciousness we bring to our choices, the more opportunities we have to use our food as medicine.
Of course being overly obsessive is not healthy either. The aim is to find right alignment. Going with the flow while being tuned in.
For me personally, I can tell I am in balance when I know my “why” around my food choices. This means I am not just shoving things mindlessly into my mouth.
I can eat well, but I can also take it a step further by choosing foods that will balance me elementally. When I listen to my energy and eat accordingly, my body, mind, and emotions are all being nourished equally. I can trust my intuition and cravings only when I am tuned in to the energetic qualities of my food and how they affect me. Otherwise, I have to question where the cravings are really coming from. Sometimes it is important to stray from the program and cut loose, however, in order to stay in balance. (This means that even chocolate is the best choice sometimes!)
What is the Polarity perspective on proper nutrition?
Although Dr. stone, the founding father of Polarity therapy, was an avid vegetarian who deeply explored the health benefits of cleansing and fasting, the polarity perspective does not insist that everyone should be a vegetarian 100% of the time to fall into the category of balanced. There are all kinds of exceptions to all kinds of rules. However, there are certain guidelines that remain fairly consistent as far as what constitutes a healthy balanced diet energetically speaking, and these have to do with the vibrational value of what you eat.
As fresh living foods carry a higher vibration, the ratio of living to nonliving foods can often affect how much vitality you feel. Raw or steamed vegetables for instance often contain more nutritional value as well as prana or life force energy than leftover, fried, canned or processed ones. Any food that comes in a package or contains additives such as food colorings, preservatives or sugar (in any one of its many sneaky forms), is going to be vibrating at a lower frequency which means it is less life-giving than its fresh, organic counterpart.
Meat in any form, especially if it was treated unkindly or killed brutally is going to carry the vibration of that fear or mistreatment in its flesh, just like we carry memory, emotion, and consciousness in our flesh. It is pretty simple really. When you eat things that die a sad death, you have to process that energy in your body. This just means it is of a denser vibration and takes more energy to process both physically and psychically.
The way we process energy is the consistent factor in all aspects of health and well being. The more of your life you have processed emotionally, released, learned from, integrated and healed, the more energy you have for your evolutionary growth and self-actualization. Polarity therapy aims to help the energy process in any and all aspects through the body- our living temple. True health is reflected in all areas of our life as well as our physicality.
When we eat well and feel well, our personal energy stores are not being directed towards recovering from what we just ate. Food can either help evolve us or it can slow us down.
Eating intentionally for good vibes
Eating with intention is like getting into your car with a map and a clear destination. Without intention, one might be driving all over the country not really knowing where they are headed.
Food can be powerful medicine not only for the properties it contains such as vitamins and nutrients but for how it can affect us vibrationally when we eat with intention.
When we eat to fill a hole inside us, the food will affect us very differently than when we eat out of joy and wholesome pleasure. Even if it is the same food, the properties of the food itself can be transmuted, digested, and assimilated differently depending on the emotions and circumstances that went into the preparation and consumption of the food.
You may have noticed this in your life when you ate something in a hurry under stressful conditions and found it did not sit well in your body. Or when you ate something absolutely decadent and ‘dangerous’ in a harmonious way under positive circumstances that did not have the ill effects it might have on you normally.
When we pay attention to the conditions around our eating, we have the opportunity to come into harmony with our food so that it works for us instead of against us. By eating intentionally, we not only choose our food more wisely for the benefit of our body, we can choose to eat foods that benefit us energetically as well.
Eating for elemental balance
Many foods can be eaten on purpose to help balance the chakras. In some ways, this is symbolic and has more to do with your mindset than the health properties of the food itself. For example, if you need to balance your second chakra or your water element then you might eat something orange (that invokes the color of that chakra.) But other times it can be quite literal. (Need more water element in your life? Drink more water!)
I often prescribe certain foods to my clients to help them balance a particular element in one direction or another (meaning they are excessive or deficient in a particular element). For instance, if someone is struggling with their digestion being sluggish and slow, or they are having a hard time getting things started or making space for new things to begin or come to completion, I may discover that they have too much earth energy (root chakra). In this situation, I might suggest avoiding things of a denser vibration such as meat, dairy or processed foods. Not because I am judging these foods as less healthy, but because they are denser vibrationally and therefore serve to slow one down.
If one was feeling flighty, ungrounded, and disconnected from the earth, however, I would say, eat the foods that feel most earthy. Eat red beats, root vegetables, eat dirt! They might be needing more earth in their diet if they can’t focus or be present if they are vibrating too quick and “blowing their circuits”. It can be helpful in this instance to eat more often and eat slower. Eat more fats and things that will anchor you to the world. This is what it means to eat for your element.
The basic knowledge of which foods support which chakra, combined with a clear intention when choosing and ingesting them, can be tremendously powerful in shifting one’s energy. When our energy shifts, everything else begins to follow. More harmony energetically means more harmony physically, and emotionally. This could mean getting unstuck, resolving old issues and resetting old patterns. This could mean changing one’s life in a positive transformative way.
By identifying which chakra is ruling the show, you can choose to intentionally feed your energy back into alignment. Once you get on track with a more harmonious alignment, you can trust your bodies cravings to direct you to the most balancing foods.
But if you find yourself stuck in a downward spiral and are out of alignment energetically, then it may take a concerted effort to get back in touch with your bodies intuitive nutritional needs (Ahem, speaking from experience).
We often resist what is good for us because the momentum of that lower vibrational state is going to rule over our cravings and be attracted to the foods that will perpetuate it.
Once you turn the ship around, however, you will find yourself gaining momentum in the other direction. This not only applies to food, it applies to everything!
We are wired to know how and what and when to eat. It is in our DNA and it is our natural state of being. I often go through phases when I forget this and eating well feels downright complicated and time-consuming! But each time I make the effort to come into greater balance, I remember how gratifying and pleasurable it really is to nourish my whole self. Eating harmoniously can take a little effort at first, but the good feelings that follow are well worth it. Even when you have to put the chocolate away.