Grounding Foods to Maintain a Healthy Root Chakra
| ||Many food and eating issues are intertwined with our ability to be able to trust, feel safe, protected, and be grounded and present. Without a strong foundation in basic principles for survival like trust, safety, and security, you might imagine that we may not trust our own bodies’ instincts about eating. |
Most people are out of touch with their bodies. They are not in the present moment, and in order to feel grounded, some people choose to eat, sometimes to the extent that they end up with the opposite feeling that was intended – they feel detached from their bodies, or fragmented. To keep from feeling detached, we must learn how to eat in the way that will promote a healthy root chakra.
GET GROUNDED: THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY ROOT CHAKRA
|The part of our energy that has a deep, earthy physical resonance and is connected to these core survival and physical body issues is known as the root chakra (in Sanskrit, muladhara). A healthy root chakra translates into being able to survive adequately in the world without being plagued by fear around providing a living. As you can imagine, during this time of an economic downturn, fear is being conjured up all around us. Our root chakra issues come to the forefront as we start questioning our ability to provide for life’s necessities, including meals. || |
Why it is important to maintain a healthy root chakra
The root chakra also represents boundaries and support in our lives. Here are some reasons why keeping the root chakra healthy is important:
It is responsible for the energy of body systems that provide us with physical structure, allowing us to make tangible, meaningful contact with the Earth. These anatomical parts include the joints, bones, muscle, legs, and feet.
The root chakra enforces boundaries in the body by keeping us in check with an internal and external defense system, including the immune system (internal “defense” strategy) and skin (external barrier between us and others).
The root chakra oversees the action of the adrenal glands which allow us the momentum to “fight or flee” when we feel that we are in danger.
GET GROUNDED: WAYS TO EAT TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY ROOT CHAKRA
Honor Your Body’s Wisdom: Since most people are out of touch with their bodies, it may be difficult for them to know when to eat. Try to get in touch with listening to your body by observing its natural rhythm rather than your imposed rhythm. See if there are certain foods that your body instinctually needs by simply asking yourself what you need. Practice trusting the response. Note whether some foods make you feel “grounded” or “ungrounded”.
Shed Protecting Oneself with Food: More than 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. Of course, there are many contributors to excess body weight, including lifestyle behaviors such as eating poorly and remaining sedentary. However, if we look deeper to unearth some other causes, we may find that excess weight may be connected to feeling unsafe. Instead of hiding ourselves in the shadow of too much food, we can bring out the best of us by eating according to our bodies’ needs. Practice checking in with your body on food choices. What language does your body use to tell you what to eat and when?
Engage in Healthy Social Eating: The root chakra carries the energy of “tribe” or community – those who support you. When we do not feel safe or supported by the tribe, we may not be comfortable eating with a community or being a part of traditions created by a family. As a result, social eating can be a stressful event, particularly family gatherings.
Strategies to overcome fear of social eating:
Some strategies to overcome the fear involved with social eating may include:
Creating your own traditions or bringing a dish to add to the mix.
Giving some thought to the belief patterns about foods and eating that you inherited from your family and decide whether these are still valid for you.
Creating new belief patterns and enforce them with your new way of eating.
Creating a community of individuals with like-minded thoughts about eating to get together on a regular basis to share a meal.
GET GROUNDED: FOOD FOR GROUNDING AND PROTECTION
|Protein: Protein assists us in reestablishing and strengthening our connection to the earthly vibration within us, bringing us back to our roots. It makes us feel heavy and slower moving, a welcome feeling if we are feeling fragmented or spacey. Animal proteins (e.g., dairy, egg, meat) are particularly grounding since their origin is from some of the most grounded creatures - animals who are “sure-footed” with up to four feet on the Earth and in contact with their instinctual selves. Vegetable protein (e.g., legumes) works perfectly for those who are vegetarian. Too much protein can have the reverse effect, literally creating too much rigidity, ultimately throwing off our physical structure. || |
|Minerals: Minerals, which are stable compounds from the Earth’s crust, impart structure and stability to the body and workings of the root chakra. For example, calcium is needed for a strong skeleton. Iron is needed to ensure that the body can be properly oxygenated and able to function. Foods high in minerals such as dairy foods high in calcium would be nourishing to the root chakra. || |
|Root vegetables: These tenacious vegetables grow deep within the dark, quiet Earth, and embody earthy energy. Root vegetables help us to nestle into our internal, lower core and to be comfortable in its darkness. Examples include beets, parsnips, and rutabaga. || |
|Red-colored foods: A healthy root chakra vibrates at a frequency similar to the color red. Therefore, red foods provide the vibration rate needed to help balance the root chakra. On a nutritional level, red foods usually contain relatively high levels of vitamin C, a nutrient utilized by several body parts overseen by the root chakra such as the bone, teeth, skin, and adrenals. Examples include tomatoes, strawberries, and cherries. || |
Deanna Minich, PhD, CN, (www.foodandspirit.com) is a nutritionist who sees more to food than calories and macronutrients. She blends cutting-edge nutrition information, quantum physics, and the ancient chakra system to guide others to use foods and eating as tools for spiritual growth and nourishment for the soul. With her latest book, Chakra Foods for Optimum Health: A Guide to the Foods that can Improve Your Energy, Inspire Creative Changes, Open Your Heart, and Heal Body, Mind, and Spirit , she opens your heart, unravels your intuition, and guides you on a journey to inner and outer bliss with every bite you take!