The effects of mood on food

The flavours of our consciousness also transform food. Emotions stimulate the production of hormones, which regulate most of our physiological processes, including digestion, absorption, and assimilation. Fear for example, stimulates the release of adrenaline, which affects the kidneys and in turn causes dehydration and a lack of digestive fluids. Anger (the fight or flight response) tenses the muscles and gets the blood pumping to the extremities in preparation for a fisticuffs, consequently diverting blood from the abdominal area. Grief, a low-arousal state, slows the metabolism. In every case, we disrupt digestion, and the undigested food becomes toxins, or poisonous waste that blocks the colon and prevents further absorption of nutrients. Improper digestion and a ‘dirty’ colon are two of the leading diet-related factors in aging and disease. If we are not metabolising nutrients properly, we can eat all the right foods and still be undernourished, or even if we eat a low-calorie, low fat diet, retain weight.

This is only part of the picture. According to energetic principles, our mood transforms foods even as we prepare, cook, serve, and sit down to eat it. Thought itself is a subtle energy whose influence extends beyond the physical limits of the nervous system and its messenger molecules by means of our touch and attention. Changes in our mental state alter the biochemistry of the skin, including such properties as its galvanic resistance and PH balance. These physiological changes, along with other shifts in body energies, alter the foods we handle: a hot, sweaty palm and a cool, dry one will have different energetic effects on the vegetables you cut and cook.

At the same time, thoughts themselves have a subtle vibratory effect on the physical world. Each thought is an impulse of energy of consciousness that sends a ripple of influence through the universe like a grain dropped in a cosmic pond. We pour attention onto the world like a spice wherever we direct our awareness. The taste of that spice; sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, or astringent, depends upon the flavour of our emotions. By way of example….If we prepare or eat a meal when we are angry, the pungent energy of our thought is added to the food like a dash of cayenne. We not only feed our anger to the ones we serve, but in effect, feed it back to ourselves as we eat the meal. Anger literally turns sweet food sour in the stomach, transforming nourishment into poison. Anger eats us up inside and creates heartburn.

Imagine what we add to the taste of our food when we cook a meal with joy and care and sit down to eat with a peaceful mind and a grateful heart. Right attitude transforms mere nourishment into nectar. A perfectly balanced diet of pure grown foods eaten with mindfulness and an uplifted mood not only supplies all necessary nutrients it also stimulates the production of  subtle energy which strengthens immunity and gives brilliance to the skin. Your state of mind as you eat is a crucial ingredient in your diet. Even a perfect meal becomes toxic in the body when our emotions are discordant. Anger can damage the liver as much as alcoholism. So herbs and diet are not enough if the taste of the mind has not changed.

Spend some time with the idea that we nourish ourselves and others through our own thoughts  


10 thoughts on “The effects of mood on food

  1. Judex

    Hi Kate,
    Thanks to remind me about your fabulous article.  It is absolutely lovely.
    It reminds me that at the restaurants I always order "shrimps Fooyang". Each time when there is a new Cook, I called the Waitress to complain because of the different taste of my "Shrimps Fooyang" !
    Indeed tastes helps a lot for enjoying the foods, and immediately started the good digestions. The colours and the smell are enough to water the mouth !
    Unfortunately, I like eating, but I do not know how to cook !
    I have permalinked your article on my page.
    Keep teaching us your unique way.
    Thanks again and take care.

  2. Zoe

    cool  i really did not think about it like that befor and i can understand how that works to now that i think about it. well i just stoped in to say hi and to see what was new so HI and i hope all is going well. see you later bye for now
      From Zoe Moon

  3. LAIRD

    Interesting – replace a cookbook with a moodbook? And I thought chocolate was the answer !  Have a restful weekend.

  4. me

    Hi Kate thanks for your comment on my space, yu are so right, what we put in our blog is entirely up to us. Hate to think im boring people 🙂 Your food/mood article is so spot on. I will have to rem that when im preparing my narna sarni, me & cooking, not the best of friends lol.

  5. Kenneth

    I think Paris H. is haunted by a deep desire to be noticed, a longing to be adored and a craving to be loved, now, I hear you saying, well that is all well and good but they are all natural wants and needs of all people and that is true, however, if these shows of affection have been denide her during her developement, then, that I feel could be the underlying cause of her so desperatly longing for them now.
    They have been magnifide over the years to the point where she is prepared to stoop to any level, in search of inner peace, the driving force behind Paris H. is her own insecurity and her almost child like demand for the worlds attention.  The words " poor little rich girl" springs to mind.
    How small we become trying to be great.
                                                                          Take care    Kenny.

  6. Peter

    Hi KateHope you are doing well .. everything going good here in Scotland except the usual niggles about politics, law .. etc ! now since I’m in a good mood because its the weekend .. a curry would suffice !

  7. Cee

    Dear Lady Kate ..
    How are you?  I haven’t had a chance until now to catch up with some reading.  I got a chuckle with Dave Barry.  I get a little insight when I’m here.   Good brew today, my Lady!


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