Feed your Solar Plexus

“Open your Solar Plexus Chakra and embrace your core self!”  One way of healing and balancing your solar plexus is by your daily diet.

  

Get in touch with your hunger gauge:

Often, we lose sight of our innate sense of physical hunger and responding to our bodies’ physical cues to eat. Often we can confuse what drives us to eat, like emotional hunger  with actual hunger. At times we may under or over eat or forget to eat at all without even realizing it. Be reconnecting with yourself and your internal power of the Solar plexus you can tap into the internal rhythm to eat, and eating regularly. So before stuffing into that delicious burrito at mid morning snack rate your hunger, write a food journal she how full you feel after each meal you have, look for patterns in your diet, document what types of food you have and how long they sustain your energy for.  If you find yourself “stuffed” after a meal, you may have inundated your solar plexus and not to mention your digestive system and can  place an additional burden on it to process. Aim for about 80% fullness, and if you can try some light exercise to help get the blood flow moving along with your solar plexus.

Schedule regular eating times:

You may want to start by first creating a regular eating schedule. Some people benefit from 3 square meals a day and some people from 4-6 small meals a day, scheduling regular eating times helps retrain yourself to get in touch with your eating patterns. having 3 big meals ( 300 – 450  calories ) with 2 small snacks ( 100 – 150 calories) helps us to maintain our blood sugar, and therefore, gives more energy. this said it depends on your nutritional needs, weather you are active, wanting to loose weight or gain it,  6 foot tall or require special diet requirements, seek a profession for advice when calculating how many calories you need,and never drop below basil metabolic rate.Feeding yourself more regularly will ensure that you have the fuel you need to keep going without succumbing to cravings or dips in energy.

Carbohydrates:

The three lower chakras connect to the energy of the trio of macronutrients , with the solar plexus resonating with carbohydrates, the sacral chakra flows with fats and the root chakra anchoring  proteins. The key to balancing this chakra is with the right amount  and right carbohydrates, such as wholegrain breads,  brown rice and pasta. See whole grain foods rather than  processed foods have not been stripped of essential nutrients our body needs they also have a lower GI and don’t spike our blood glucose levels , giving us a high than a crashing feeling after we eat. Whilst choosing the right carbohydrate, the fiber content of the product is very important marker of how much sustained energy the product will provide, If a food is high in fiber, you will receive adequate amounts of energy over time and if it is to low in fiber and high in simple sugars, your energy will be erratic , as i mentioned before your energy will initially  be very high but then it will plummet. So remember if you eat too little carbohydrates we do not equip the solar plexus with the energy it needs to have momentum and direction and if we have to many carbs we bombard and tax our solar plexus .

Yellow coloured Foods:

To achieve and maintain a A healthy, high vibrational solar plexus, this chakra vibrates at a frequency similar to the colour yellow. Therefore, yellow foods provide the vibrational rate needed to help balance this chakra. Examples include lemons, yellow bell pepper and fresh corn . Bananas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, dairy such as cheese and yogurt, turmeric, cumin, bread, pasta ( wholegrain of course) , flax and ginger. 

Tips to remember –

  • Get in touch with hunger. Most people don’t really know what hunger feels like
  • Rate your hunger before and after eating to tap into how well you are maintaining your fuel reserves.
  • Know when to start and stop eating.
  • Don’t stuff yourself. You know that saying ‘full as a goog’? You do not want to be that
  • Know which foods give you energy and also know which foods drain your energy away
  • Eat regularly according to your body’s needs, NOT the clock on the wall.
  • Aim for about 80% fullness
  • The goal for a healthy solar plexus chakra is to eat foods that are balanced so that you can be balanced – for example, fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, and vegetables.
  • Yellow foods usually contain relatively high levels of plant compounds antioxidants like lutein which protects cells against an attack from the effects of too much energy in the body and overactive metabolism.
  • Include in your diet yellow coloured foods such as – Lemons, yellow capsicum,  fresh corn ,Bananas, mints- peppermint spearmint , sunflower seeds, pumpkin, dairy such as cheese and yogurt, turmeric, cumin, bread, pasta ( wholegrain of course) , flax and ginger. 

If you missed out or want to read up about the Solar Plexus chakra click here

 

Written by Andy Jackman

Read below for a simple home made recipe for roast vegetable that helps detox and boost your solar plexus.

 

 

you will need ~

2  sweet potato’s

1 pumpkin of your choice

2 – 4 carrots

3 big dashes of olive oil

Rosemary ( to taste)

Oregano ( to taste )

Himalayan salt ( to taste)

large baking pan

Preheat oven to 200o celicas

Roughly chop veggies approximately the same size, spread evenly onto a greased baking tray. Lightly drizzle olive oil to coat veggies, sprinkle rosemary,. oregano and salt  to your taste. Bake veggies for 40 minutes, take tray carefully out of the oven flip veggies over , reseason if required and place back inot the oven until they are golden brown and cook to your liking, me well i love them crispy!!

Enjoy 

Love Andy X 

 

 

Alkaline Vs Acidic Foods

 

If anyone reading this is like me and has over indulged over the past few weeks for the silly season and Christmas, you may be feeling (besides very guilty) bloated, lethargic and ” heavy”. Than its time to join me on a mini detox, to help with the sluggish metabolism and digestion. Now if you have been hearing all about this “ alkaline diet” in all the gossip mags, or possibly overheard girls in the tea room at lunch talking about this new “Fad diet” im going to give you a little run down on the basics and why its good for detoxing or making it a new permanent way of eating.

So, what’s the theory?

The theory is that the Ph balances within our body influences whether our bodies host a disease or helps fight off disease. A high acid diet can creates a breeding ground for disease, which can lead to poor health and chronic disease. If you, like me are gaining weight, craving carbs and sugar, wake up or frequently have a foggy brain than you are running too acidic.

The Run Down

This diet makes the body less susceptible to inflammation and disease whilst promoting increased energy, weight loss, stomach upsets indigestion and fights fatigue. It’s recommended that if you consume alkaline foods 80% of the time it can transform your life.

Acidic Vs Alkaline Foods

  • Foods that cause excess acidity include Meat, Dairy, Sugar, poultry, fish, eggs, grains, alcohol and flower ( All my favourite foods).
  • Alkaline foods consist of Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes , Nuts.

When talking about the alkaline diet, it is important to understand the meaning of the pH value. So as nurses ill give you a quick cheat sheet on what ph is. When talking about the alkaline diet, it is important to understand the meaning of the pH value. Put simply, the PH is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline something is. The pH value in the body ranges from 0 to 14

  • 0-7 is acidic. (Think of the acid in the stomach that brakes foods down)
  • 7 is neutral.
  • 7-14 is alkaline (your blood is more alkaline sitting around 7.35)

Now im keeping this simple because I am only taking on components if this diet to detox myself off the Christmas treats I have been scoffing down as of late. But if you want to read all about it and follow the diet down to a fine line here is a link to one of the many websites dedicated to this lifestyle choice Alkaline Diet

Examples of Alkalising Vegetables: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, beans, sweet potato, Peppers, and Spinach, carrots and garlic.

Examples of Alkalising Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, rockmelon, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon, pineapple and mango.

Alkalising Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, cashews, and Tofu.

For an extensive list go to Alkaline – Acid food chart

Ready steady…. and juice

As of this week, im starting each morning with a smoothie made with fruits and veggies on the allowed list. Today I mixed up in my nutribullet, Blueberries, watermelon, pineapple, celery, pear, apple and carrot and let me tell you I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this earlier. It was so refreshing especially in this heat wave (Temperature already reaching 28o at 6 am) I couldn’t of started eating healthier at a better time.

Lunch time I had roasted sweat potato, garlic, carrot and broccoli

And for dinner I had zucchini pasta ( yes made with a red wine and garlic pasta sauce) with a side of cauliflower mash.

Its only been 3 days and I can tell you I already feel lighter, my stomach no longer looks like Uncle Francis beer gut and I found im getting my spring in my step. You don’t have to completely change your lifestyle, I still sit at star bucks before work each morning with my sugar free vanilla latte and read my book, but im choosing not to add my buttery raisin toast to add with it, and now I make a conscious choice when I grab for snacks also when I go food shopping.

However, you might want to consider some of these extra tips to get you back on track while detoxing.

Here we go….

Hydration

Everything is influenced by the quantity of the water you drink. Getting adequately hydrated will make a huge difference to your health, immunity, energy and vitality. So gulp up, flush those Christmas puddings out! Aim for 6 to 14 cups a day, remember not to overdo it, listen to your body and never force it!

Transition

Take it slowly! It is far better to transition and get there slowly, by sticking to it for the long-term rather than being perfect for a day or two and then crashing (which is what I normally do eek)

Supplements.

Supplements are another effective way to assist your body in returning to its healthful state, Supplements are great at replacing lost nutrients with vitamins and minerals to give your immune system a boost.

So good luck and happy detoxing, if you have any handy tips or ideas please comment below.

By Andy Jackman x