“What color will you bring into your eating today? Red – Passionate, Orange – Creative, Yellow – Powerful, Green – Healing, Blue – Intuitive, Purple – Spirit” Dr Deanna Minich
Sometimes all you need to do is hold a book to really know – I need to read this book. Chakra Foods for Optimum Health is absolutely one of those books for me.
If you appreciate the importance of healthy chakra’s and have a sneaking suspicion the energy or vibrational quality of our food is just as important as the calories, protein and vitamin content, then you will love this book.
Although Deanna has a doctorate and masters degree in the scientific field of nutrition she has beautifully combined this sound knowledge with quantum physics and ancient wisdoms such as yoga, Ayurveda, Native American healing and energy medicine. I personally feel this book is beyond awesome. Its a keeper and I love it.
At a glance, there were a few highlights that really resonated with me. You’ll probably be different but these are mine.
1: Dr Deanna suggests that the solar plexus is the most out of balance of all our chakra’s. This is something she has observed from her clinic and research.
2: If you are over thinking you may be depleting your solar plexus by putting too much “thought energy” out there.
3: The single most important vegetable for grounding are beets (beetroots) as they are born within the earth and carry the colour vibration (red) necessary for grounding. Good to know.
4: Healthy low glycemic foods sustain the solar plexus such as bean soups, hummus, nuts,oatmeal and apples just to name a few. The solar plexus is responsible for our energy balance.
5: Deanna suggests that only when we focus (give our attention and energy) to our food (be present with our meals ) that we are able to truely receive the health and well-being benefits of each meal.
* A questionnaire and chart on howto determine how healthyeach of your chakras are
* Chakra detoxification chart
* How a depleted chakra will effect your life and certain organs
* A full explanation of each chakra and the emotional and physical health imbalances they relate too
* Affirmations for each chakra’s
* Recipes and menu suggestion to improve the health of each chakra (they are excellent)
* What food cravings mean and how to correct them
* A list of food, substances and processes that deplete our chakras
* List of foods that stimulate and have a balancing effect on our chakras
“If you are always eating the same way (what I call “eating ruts”), how can we expect to experience our lives in a new way ? By “shaking up” your eating and getting more variety you may open yourself up to new experiences …. imagine” Dr. Deanna Minich
I’m sharing below a few of the recipe suggestions which Deanna recommends in her book. It should give you an idea as to the type of foods that best nourish and balance each of your individual chakras.
Recipe suggestions - Nourishing bean soup, winter root vegetable soup, red whirl smoothy, grilled tuna steak with oven roasted red peppers.
Think protein, root vegetables and red – tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, apples, red cabbage and beets.
Recipe suggestions - Smoked salmon, carrots dipped in fresh almond and cashew nut butter, creative curry soup, grilled salmon with apricot orange sauce.
Think fats and oils (omega’s 3), fish, nuts and orange - sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, salmon and mango’s.
Recipe suggestions - Brown rice pudding, steel cut oats, toasted rye bread and sunny corn salad
Think foods for power and transformation – low GI complex carbohydrate, fibre, whole grains and yellow, tan and golden foods – corn, ginger, banana’s, pineapples, yellow lentils, amaranth, quinoa, whole grain breads and cereals.
Recipe suggestions – Hearty split pea soup, pesto pasta with broccoli florets, flax-zucchini muffins of joy.
Think sprouts, raw food, foods rich in chlorophyll and green - asparagus, mixed greens, spinach, kiwi fruit, avocado and green grapes.
Recipe suggestions – Vegetarian nori rolls, mango lassi, Asian miso-dulse soup.
Think – Chew food, try new food, mindful eating, sea plants, juices and fruits.
Recipe suggestions – Ask your intuition! Of course there are recipes in the book.
Think purple-red foods – eggplant, blueberries, black berries and purple cabbage
Spices to stimulate and protect:cardamon, nutmeg, tumeric, wasabi, corriander
Fresh air, sunshine, moonlight, prayer and love.
If you would like to purchase Deanna’s book please click here. Deanna’s web site is Food and Spirit . You might also like to watch a short 3 minute video of Deanna talking about her passion for chakra foods. C lick here to view.
Last months book recommendation Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Lasater
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