Do you have any food that really resonates with your heart & soul?
After so many years of my life in North America, I am still very much a Japanese person in my mind and even taste buds. Recently, I have gone back to the golden Japanese breakfast combination of a bowl of rice and miso soup with natto (fermented soy beans) or baked fish. I usually have them with a pickled plum (Umeboshi) that my mother made. I just feel so right, nourished and satiated after such a meal, not only physically, but also emotionally and even spiritually – yes it is one of my Delicious Moments 🙂
When we are down and blue, many of us reach for comfort food because they make us feel good – maybe it is just its tastes, but often it is associated with our emotions and memories.
There are also times when some of us feel strong craving for certain foods – possibly irritated and frustrated until we have them….
This is a phenomenon that occurs simply because we all have intimate relationships with food and eating. This could be not just something in our head, but possibly some nutritional imbalances. That’s why there have been various studies in relation to this Food & Mood connection. You might have seen or heard something like “this food is good for that and that food is not good for this!” The followings are some examples of food that are good for our mood.
1. Fatty Fish: They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are known to be beneficial for our mental wellness (and more!). Since our brains are made up largely of fat and our bodies cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, we have to rely on a diet rich in omega-3s to meet our daily needs.
Healthy Source option: wild cold water fish (e.g., salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel)
2. Whole Grains: The primary source of energy for the brain is glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. Unlike the rapid spike of sugar level when consumed simple sugar, complex carbohydrates are full of fibers and B vitamins, release glucose slowly, helping us feel full longer and providing a steady source of fuel for the brain and body.
Healthy sources: whole-wheat products, bulgur, oats, wild rice, brown rice, barley, beans
3. Fermented Foods: Fermented foods contain probiotics (healthy gut bacteria) which have been shown in studies to reduce anxiety and stress hormones and effect the neurotransmitter GABA.
Healthy sources: yogurt with active cultures, Natto, kefir, kimuchi, tempeh and certain pickled vegetables
Well, even though I didn’t plan, this is also the Japanese golden breakfast combination of rice, miso soup, fish and natto! According to “simple diet (whole diet) is good and why”, a great book written by leaders of holistic medicine in Japan, Dr. Ryoichi Obitsu & Mr. Hideo Makuuchi (registered dietitian) said…
“The important thing is to have an abundant diet that was born from the abundant culture of Japan “. The abundant diet is real, wholefood diet that protects the health as a result, it is a diet that enhances the natural healing power. “
What we eat is of course important, but there is something more…that is
HOW WE EAT & CONNECT TO WHO WE ARE
Food gives us the opportunity to nourish our body, mind and soul, reminding us the healing relationship with Mother Nature. Enjoying food that is seasonal, local and culturally appropriate seems like greatly contribute to our wellness promotion, because that is a Delicious Moment♪
Early summer brings LOTS of delicious vegetables and fruits. Let’s savour your Nature’s abundance towards your Delicious Moments & Beautiful Health!
With love, hope and gratitude from my heart,