This morning I got up at 5.30am, jet lagged and I started reading "Food Energetics" by Steve Gagne'. Amongst other things he was talking about the properties of foods: constrictive or expanding. I had to put down the book. While I was in Sicily my diet had to adapt to their tastes: sweet, thick, rich, oily, spicy, hot, cooked, heavy. Their diet is expansive. All very fresh as the ingredients come from the ground but very heavy to digest, once cooked Sicilian style :).
I noticed how my body started needing things I usually try to avoid, or that I no longer crave since I organize my meals. I all the sudden had to have a coffee after my meals, I missed my lemon and my tea, but I couldn't bother thinking of drinking a warm cup of water with lemon after I digested those heavy foods. The reaction in my belly would not have manifested in a very pretty way…hehehe
It's a good balance of constrictive and expansive foods. The constrictive being the more pungent and the expansive the spices.
"A common reaction is to choose constrictive foods, in an effort to 'pull yourself together', when you feel the situation is 'coming apart'….Emotion from the latin 'emovere', means to move out, stir up, agitate. The 'e' in emotion is an out motion or moving outward, an unwinding centrifugal motion, a motion away from the point of center"
I had to put the book down; this is exactly what I was experiencing in the mist of excitement, joy, love, and fear of the unknown…was his family going to like me? was I going to be able to adapt to the situation? was I going to be loved, accepted, liked? was I going to be able to practice? would I like them? their foods? their habits?...
Yes it all turned out perfectly well, I've never been happier but the whole situation created this unsettling sensation in my belly, and what my belly knows is constrictive grounding foods, so that's what it looked for to feel 'put together'.
take a moment today and see what routine, what choice of foods you make to balance you, to ground you…and just know that reactive food choices not only support the present emotion, they also prepare the psyche for more reactions that will continue to negate your life. So open up to life as It comes and be aware of your choices!
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