Part III: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

When I ask clients what they want to achieve from a nutrition consultation, it is common to hear, “I want more energy”. This tells me the person needs to start with the nutrition basics and heal from the ground up.

Nutritionally, healing from the ground up is a matter of acknowledging and using appropriate building blocks that foster good health.

The building blocks are simple and few: drink pure water, eat pure food that supports your biochemical individuality (free of chemicals, additives or preservatives), breathe fresh air, and find a balance between movement and relaxation.

Factors that contribute to good health are often learned from family, friends, and society.

Factors that contribute to ill-health and interfere with the ability to use appropriate buildings blocks that foster good health are also often connected to health pattern learned from family, friends, and society.

Your life experiences and what you’ve been taught along the way has the potential to color your perspective and decision-making ability in regard to your health.

A question to consider: Are you making food choices from an emotional, mental, spiritual or intuitive place?

When you make food choices from an emotional place, you connect eating certain foods to social situations. This is where family traditions come into play, or pizza night with friends. For example, you might enjoy eating a Wendy’s cheeseburger because it is familiar and you have memories of having lunch with your Grandmother there, or you might make a certain meal because it is a traditional meal learned from family.

When you make food choices from a mental place, you rely on media to inform you about diet trends and nutrition protocols. As someone who “follows the rules” you apply what you have read or learned about nutrition from the media to your own life. An example would be someone who follows current diets like a gluten-free diet or a Paleo diet because it is part of a trend (even though these diets are great for many people).

When you make food choices from a spiritual place, you may be connected to a particular philosophy or dogma that you feel loyal too. You might add or eliminate foods based on religious/spiritual/dogmatic principle. For example, you might modify your diet as part of a religious observance or follow a particular food philosophy such as veganism.

When you make food choices from an intuitive place, you eat with intention. You listen to your hunger cues and work with the building blocks of health to sustain your body. Food choices and meal planning are based on what your body needs to eat and thrive. You pay attention to how your energy feels.

When you consider the chakras, healing from ground up begins with Root Chakra.

Do you want to learn more about the Chakra System, nutrition and the role intuition plays with your health? Friday, May 23rd is the last day to register the class, Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System. Follow this link to sign up: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.  

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Part II: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

For thousands of years, ancient medical systems such as Ayurvedic Medicine and Chinese Medicine have recognized that fine tuning energy flow is the key to maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. The quality of your energy, or life force, is the most important factor to consider when it is time to make some changes and improve your health.

Working with the chakras can be a useful tool to help maintain energy flow and to create much-needed balance. As an energetic super highway, the Chakra System creates a convenient blue print that has much to say about what is happening with your entire body.

When you feel sluggish, tired, depressed, overweight, constipated, bloated, or unable to make decisions in your life — these are signs that you are dealing with a foundational issue or potential dysfunction that affects the Root Chakra.

Each chakra is attached to:

Physical Health — A specific gland of the Endocrine System is associated with each chakra as well as specific organs in the body.

Emotional and Psychological Health — Certain characteristics are associated with each chakra and your personal story has much to say about how to improve the health of each chakra.

Potential Blockages and Dysfunction — What is happening with you physically, emotionally or mentally act as clues to inform you about the function of your chakras. Once you are given information you can make an informed decision about your health and take responsibility for potential blockages or dysfunction.

A Particular Color from Nature — Ayurvedic doctors counsel that we are influenced by the vibration of the food that we eat, so a particular color is thought to raise or lower your vibration (energy). A particular color from nature is attached to each chakra and has the ability to heal it.

Working with chakras is an intuitive and proactive approach to your health. When you work to incorporate chakra information with your whole body, you initiate the healing process.

Root Chakra – The Foundation

Symbolically, the Root Chakra connects you to the Earth. Your concerns about physical and material survival are addressed here. For those of you who study psychology it is the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. You cannot thrive unless your essential needs are met. If your foundation has cracks, you can expect to see dysfunction in other chakras as well.

Physically, the Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine (there are also chakras that are located in the soles of your feet). Any potential dysfunction can be connected to your bones: spinal column, legs, feet — your rectum, Immune System, Adrenal Glands and Circulatory System also show up here.

Psychologically and Emotionally, When general information about the Root Chakra is applied to your nutrition and health you are working on: trusting your food choices, body image, as well as will power and the ability to create boundaries. How you perceive the Earth is also important. Appreciation for where your food comes from as well as where and how it grows can be addressed at the Root Chakra level. Our family rituals and traditions with food are also explored here.

The Root Chakra asks us to shine light on our family of origin, our history and ultimately take responsibility for creating the changes that our health deems necessary for survival.

Some questions to consider: What did you learn from family about physical and material survival? How was money viewed in your household? Was there an abundance of food or was food scarcity a concern? Did your family care about the source of your food? Was your family interested in buying quality ingredients or growing your own food? 

Do you want to learn more about the Chakra System, nutrition and the role intuition plays with your health? Friday, May 23rd is the last day to register for the class, Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System. Follow this link to sign up: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.

 

 

Part I: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

Sound nutrition has people so confused. The media says one thing, your neighbor says another, and your doctor says something else – Why has eating a balanced diet become so complicated? Andy why have people placed the power to decide what is right for them in someone else’s hands? Is it possible that you are looking for answer from  people or using resources that are not right for you? Why is this?

As a holistic nutritionist, part of my work is to educate clients about sound nutrition, but I don’t push a particular philosophy, I always leave room for intuition and I respect what is right for you – what is your food philosophy? How has your food philosophy evolved over time as you have received new information?

When I educate clients about sound nutrition I give an array of choices – not just one nutrition model to choose from. Eating well looks different to everyone, that’s why one nutrition plan does not work for every person. I respect each person’s biochemical individuality. The client is always in the driver’s seat, as a passenger, I co-create nutrition plans that help and heal.

This June, I will be teaching a class with the Wellspring School for Healing Arts, called Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System. This class offers another choice, another food philosophy or model that may work for you. If learning information about using your intuition, exploring multiple food philosophies and learning about the Chakra System and how this information can help you lead a healthier, happier, and more productive life resonates, then I think this class will be for you.

Some of you may need a little more information. I hope to fill in the gaps in the coming weeks touching on a few questions that I’ve received so far. The following post will offer some Chakra 101.

What are the Chakras?

Practitioners of one of the oldest medical systems, Ayurveda, continue to rely on information about the Chakras to treat people, recognizing that you have to look much deeper and work from the root if you want to create real changes with health. A proactive nutrition protocol respects this as well. Health plans must treat the whole person,  improvements on the physical plane are often made when you also address what is happening emotionally, mentally, and energetically.

The Chakras are considered to be seven energy centers in the body that follow the spine connecting our physical body with our emotional, psychological, and spiritual bodies – they are interdependent – the health of one chakra depends on the health of all the others. The Chakras are known as the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakra.

Each chakra is considered to be a circular sphere that whirls on its own axis – the speed of each is dependant on the quality of energy (or light) that is present in our environment – our thoughts, the people in our communities the quality of our air, food, and water supply all have an effect on the health of our chakras.

A healthy chakra system is moving – the speed depends on the amount of energy you have and the quality of light has a special significance as we get much of our energy from the sun as a heat source and fuel for our natural world to grow. Food choices of the full color spectrum play a significant role in the health of our chakras because light is so significant to the health of the chakras – a color from nature is connected to each chakra.

Are your wheels spinning?

The Chakra system is interdependent relying on the body, emotions, mind and spirit to work harmoniously. If your mind is healthy you continue to think positively and move forward, if that energy is blocked, you stay right where you are, or continue to spin your metal wheels wondering what direction you should be heading in.

Each chakra has specific physical, emotional, and psychological attributes that are able to give us clues about the state of our health. When the chakras are out of balance they are considered to be overactive, under active, or blocked.

Whether you believe the chakras to be actual whirling disks in your body or you choose to view the chakras location as a metaphor to teach you about your health there is something to be learned.

If you would like to read more about my class offering or register for the class, you can do so here: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.

I welcome questions and comments from the generally curious or prospective students in the comments section below.

Upcoming class: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

I’m excited to announce in June of 2014, I will be teaching a class with the Wellspring School for Healing Arts that explores nutrition, intuition and the Chakra System. As a holistic nutritionist, I feel particularly passionate about this combination of disciplines.

The class will be held on 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM till 8 PM on June 11th, June 18th and June 25th.

The cost of the class is $125 but you can get an early bird discount ($25 off) if you register by May 11th.

You can register for this 3-day workshop directly with the Wellspring School for Healing Arts. Here is a link to read about and register for the class: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.

Is there room for intuition in your healthcare plan?

Some of you may wonder: What role does intuition play in my healthcare plan?

At the present time, many healthcare plans do not recognize intuition as an important part of decision-making that can lead to improved health – but shouldn’t it be? Isn’t it your intuition that encourages you to make the necessary changes that lead to improved health? Isn’t it your intuition that encourages you to make an appointment to see a specialist when you see signs of ill-health?

Coming from a holistic health perspective, I believe that your intuition continuously gives you clues about what you should be doing to keep yourself well. Sometimes people just need a little help finding that voice and the ability to recognize that the voice is saying something of tremendous value.

Are you ready to learn how to listen and respond to what your intuition is telling you?

In the 3-day workshop, Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System, the following questions will be explored:

What is the Chakra System? How can information about the Chakra System help with your overall health? How does the Chakra System relate to nutrition? Which foods are thought to support the Chakra System? What is intuition?  How do you use or enhance your intuition in regard to making appropriate food choices?

What will students learn in this class?

This class will focus on the qualities of each Chakra and which foods are thought to balance each system. While exploring the Chakra System we will focus on developing an intuitive sensibility using tools for exploration and self discovery – some possibilities include: tarot, creative visualization, meditation, and movement. A variety of food philosophies will be explored as they relate to each of the Chakras.

This class is experiential and it will be important to come to class prepared to interact and share!

If you are a student who is interested in taking the class, questions are welcome in the comments section.