Emotions are a bridge between the mind and body. When we eat local and unrefined food, prepared with care and love, our mind follows with flowing, harmonious emotions. Our natural state is a calm, peacefulness, flowing into joy. Healthy emotions allow us to deal smoothly with all aspects of life. As the seasons shift, as do emotions; summer is greeted with a full bloom of emotions, while winter may bring more solitary, subdued feelings.
Emotions are directly linked to our health; consuming meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, puts emotions on edge, causing them to surge or remain stagnant. For those of us living in temperate climatic regions, certain foods interfere with our ability to express emotions well, especially tropical foods, iced foods and chemicals. The most common are: banana, coconut, ice cream, yogurt, iced drinks, artificial sweeteners, and heavily chemicalized foods.
Foods that nourish our emotional health also produce health at all levels, including cardiovascular health. A plant based diet, consisting of grains, beans, vegetables, nuts, seeds and seasonal fruits creates a happy equilibrium between the body and mind. These same foods foster a direct connection between our mind and body, and the environment and nature.
Health is our default state. This includes body and mind; we want to exist with balance between each. The modern and contemporary lifestyle is creating a disconnect between our physical and emotional state and the environment. To return to a plant based diet means restoring the connection between the environment and our emotional nature.