FEEDING THE THROAT CHAKRA
Foods for Communication and Truth: Feeding the Throat Chakra
The thoughts we think and the words we speak are destined to ultimately become manifest. But how many people realize the power of their words? Do we speak authentically, coming from our true place within? Or do we find ourselves caught up in lies, deceit, or rumors? How do we communicate our feelings and needs about eating? Do we remain silent to issues around the food supply – such as the safety of foods, the adulteration of foods with additives, or the marketing of unhealthy foods – or do we speak out? You may have seen the recent fast food ads showing gorgeous models gorging on greasy burgers. This is clearly a disconnect, and sends a message of inauthenticity to people watching – young children and teenagers are most vulnerable to the subconscious messages these ads are promoting. Eating those fast foods laden in sugar, fat, and salt will not help someone to have a healthy, perfect body. In fact, as we know, quite the opposite.
Therefore, it is important to be true to ourselves in all aspects of our lives, even when it comes to foods and eating. If we can’t say “no”, we may find ourselves in a predicament where we must eat certain foods that don’t benefit our bodies, minds, or spirits. Know exactly where you stand on something like foods and eating so that when you are called into question or in a situation, you can report your truth! And then you will feel good about it – your message will be clear and consistent with who you are.
Like the other chakras, the throat chakra can easily find itself in overdrive by talking incessantly without making sense, chewing mindlessly, or gulping food. However, a healthy, balanced throat chakra can harmonize truth and authenticity within the entire being by speaking clearly and truthfully, eating mindfully, and synchronizing all the activities that take place in this concentrated area: hearing, talking, tasting, chewing, breathing, and swallowing.
Chew food: In the age of fast living, we are doing everything fast, including eating. If we are eating on the run, we may tend to shortcut our eating by gulping and swallowing rather than chewing and assimilating. If we are not chewing our food thoroughly, chances are we won’t be able to digest, absorb, and ultimately, assimilate it into our body. Thus, chewing serves an important function. It is also essential that we put our awareness into eating so we get the most from the experience and do not feel like overeating – chewing slowly helps us to accomplish this. Eating with consciousness keeps us in the moment and allows us to savor the flavor and joy of foods!
Eat high-quality foods for your highest self: Every day we are bombarded with food choices – how do we know what is best for us? Nutritionists seem to tell us one thing one day and another thing the next. How do we know how to choose foods? The throat chakra is about choice, decisions, and options – but not just any – the throat chakra, being a higher, resonating chakra than some of the other lower chakras, is calling us to make the best choice for ourselves and our planet. Eat foods that serve your body, mind, and spirit, and that serve the realm of nature – the animals, plants, and water. If we are eating meat from chickens kept in unhealthy, stressful conditions, we may take on the ‘energy’ of those chickens – frenetic, chaotic, stressful. If we are eating foods that were grown using natural elements instead of synthetic, such as organically grown foods, we are taking in healthy, higher-vibratory signals for our soul.
Spark alchemy amongst the food elements: On a spiritual level, the throat chakra is about alchemy – transforming the messages of the heart into the language of voice, words, song, poetry. The throat chakra resonates with the alchemy of food elements – bringing together water and earth, fire and water, fire and earth. By eating foods like soups (earth-water elements fused together through fire), we encourage and honor our connection with the elemental nature of foods and our bodies.
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 (http://www.amazon.com/Chakra-Foods-Optimum-Health-Creative/dp/1573243736), she opens your heart, unravels your intuition, and guides you on a journey to inner and outer bliss with every bite you take! Her new book, An A to Z Guide to Food Additives: Never Eat What You Can’t Pronounce (http://www.amazon.com/Z-Guide-Food-Additives-Pronounce/dp/1573244031), is a companion guide for your journey to the supermarket to help you make sense of your food!