Every plant and animal you eat is a virtual factory of mood changing chemicals. The familiar adage, "You are what eat," takes on new meaning as you absorb not only the nutrients, but the "chemical personality" of the food as well. Some foods heat up your metabolism, others cool it down. Some foods have stronger chemicals and a more dramatic personality, like coffee and alcohol. Others, like the passionate tomato, are more subtle. Their effects build up slowly, over time.
As your blood chemistry changes, so do your emotions and thoughts. Ayurveda believes that personality and emotions are in the blood. Drink coffee every day? Any food you consume on a regular basis can make these personality changes chronic, a kind of food possession. Discovering the personality effects of food is easy. Simply take a few moments each day to notice your feelings, recalling what you've eaten. Once you know the connection between food and your thoughts, you can make a better choice for how you want to live.
The passionate italian chef will have a new scapegoat. "Honey, it's not my fault, the tomato did it.", will be the latest excuse. Feeling hot under the collar every time you eat chilis? In your home, try to walk away from fights with powerful foods like chili peppers, wheat, sugar, and dairy. Although they offer a brief moment of pleasure, they can disrupt the entire household mere hours after consumption. Take the compassionate approach instead and eliminate these foods if they are offensive to your constitution.
FOODS WITH STRONG PERSONALITY
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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This is an excellent article. A thought to add about animal products.I stopped eating red meat years ago and recently decided to remove poultry from my diet, as well. It is a completely personal decision. Mine was based, in part, in reading I've done about how an animal becomes filled with fear and anger as it does everything in its power to avoid being killed. I'm sorry to be blunt, but perhaps animal products could be another source of food with "strong personality."