If you’re skeptical about the connection between your food and your mindset, I’m glad you’re here.
You know you’ve felt it: You’re really nervous about something (like a rapid, or a presentation you’re about to give) and you feel like you have butterflies in your stomach, feel nauseous, or you suddenly have to poop. 🙂
That’s your brain sending signals to your gut prepping you for fight, flight or freeze.
What you may not realize is that the communication network that links your gut and your brain flows BOTH ways.
When your gut is in distress or your gut microbiome is out of balance, your gut can send signals to your brain that cause depression, stress and anxiety.
When you eat food that weakens the balance of your gut microbiome or your digestion, you’re also weakening your mindset.
If you want to feel confident and courageous, you want to eat foods that strengthen your gut microbiome and your digestion. Here are 3 strategies that can help.
1.Eat the rainbow
Bring color to your diet by eating between 3 – 5 different color veggies every day. Some colors to choose from are red (beets, radishes), green (leafy greens, broccoli), orange (carrots, squash), yellow (yellow squash, ginger), white (cauliflower, onions).
A diverse microbiome is a healthy microbiome, and when you a variety of fruits and vegetables you ensure that you get the full range of nutrients your body and mind need to thrive.
2.Challenge yourself to eat at least 30 different plant based foods per week
Another way to help diversify your gut microbiome and increase your fiber intake (important for blood sugar regulation, cholesterol and your gut microbiome), is to eat at least 30 different plant based foods per week.
Veggies, fruit, whole grains and spices (including herbal teas) all count as plant based foods.
During my Master your WW Mindset 8 Week Course we challenged ourselves to get to 100 different plant based foods in a week, and several folks made it. The benefits are greater awareness of the foods you eat, motivation to try different foods and recipes, and nourishing your body and your mind more effectively.
3.Eat all 6 tastes every meal
According to Ayurveda there are 6 tastes, and a meal with all 6 tastes is the best for nourishing your mind and your body. It ensures a diversity of foods and flavors that support a diverse gut microbiome.
The 6 tastes are: Sweet (rice, meat, wheat, sugar), salty (salt), sour (limes, lemons, fermented foods), pungent (hot, spicy), bitter (dandelion greens, bitter melon, coffee) and astringent (broccoli, legumes). Every kitchen spice you use also has a taste so you can add a taste via a certain spice. For example, ginger is pungent, oregano is considered bitter.
4.Join my guided fall cleanse
During the cleanse you get to put these strategies into practice with the support of an awesome community.
You learn how to cook meals that have all 6 tastes, you eat a variety of plant based foods with lots of colors, and you strengthen your gut which strengthens your mind.
The benefits include clear mind (bye bye brain fog), lighter body, increased energy, reset taste buds and a more powerful minset.