Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cravings Subside When You're Truly Nourished

A few salty potato chips do little more than drive you to find and eat more of them. It just works that way. Same with foods with large amounts of sugar and fat.

But you needn't subject your body to a stand-off, with the likely outcome of defeat. There's an arsenal available to you in all those fresh fruits and vegetables.

It's chemistry, but it's also physics.

You see, besides its chemical properties, food has an energy vibration. The vibration coming from processed foods is more or less flat, compared with the vibrancy of food from the garden or fresh produce section of the supermarket. What you're attracted to has some connection to where your body is, vibrationally speaking.

That's why when you're depressed or bored or sad, foods like chips and dip, brownies, or greasy, salty french fries might be your craving. When you're happier, you're more attracted to the foods that truly nourish you. The vibrations are more of a match.

Sound too "far out"?

I treated a few people in one of my sessions at Yoga West to Mexican tomato, rice and beans. It was lunch time, but each person reported they were satisfied after eating about a cupful of the dish. Here's why. It was a combination of garlic, jalapenos, rice, black beans, tomatoes, cumin, oregano and cilantro, which left us all feeling well fed. That doesn't mean "stuffed." It means "nourished", or "not craving more."

Check it out:

Cook 1 cup med grain rice according to package directions.

Drain one 14 1/2 oz can of tomatoes, save the juice and add enough water to make 1 cup liquid.
Set tomatoes aside. Saute 6 garlic cloves and 1 cored, finely chopped jalapeno in 2 Tbs olive oil until garlic browns (about 1 min). Add one 15 oz can (drained and rinsed) of black beans, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, and 2 tsp salt (preferably sea salt) and stir about 30 sec to blend the flavors.

Add the tomato juice liquid and adjust heat to bring to a gentle boil, and cook about 5-7 min. Add tomatoes, cooked rice, three tablespoons crushed oregano (1/4 cup, if fresh leaves), and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro ~ and stir a few min until warm. Makes 6 cups.

A side salad is a nice compliment ~ or this rice dish can hold its own by itself!


Sara said...

The Mexican Rice yesterday at Yoga West was very delicious. As Paula said, the many flavors (complex) make it satisfying. As if it does something to the brain I suppose, along with the tongue, stomach, and spirit! That's how I feel, satisfied body/mind/spirit when I eat healthy delicious food. The many flavors blended together made an amazing meal. Thank you Paula! Sara

Sheri said...

In my Yoga Teacher Training, we were talking about the prana (life force) in various foods.

The guest presenter said, "How much life force do you think is in processed food? frozen food? fresh fruits and vegetables?

The answer was obvious!

I loved your explanation of why I might crave processed and salty food when I feel down.

Very interesting!

Thanks for the recipe. It sounds delicious!