The effect that food has on one’s mood and energy level is very significant. I am willing to bet that you have experienced being low blood sugar, or what many people these days call “being hangry.” Or after a meal that does not agree with you, you may feel sluggish, tired, or even discouraged and depressed. This is because our waking consciousness is directly effected by the physiology of our body. If your body feels good and bright, most likely you will notice that you are also in a good mood; if your body feels like a pile of garbage, your mood will probably be garbage as well.
This is why it is extremely important to pay attention to the fuel we put into our bodies. It is also very important to analyze and monitor how we feel after a meal. The state of our physiology after a meal will dictate our disposition. In this way, food has a direct impact on our happiness, our moods, and how we communicate and are seen by others. Do we want to be known as someone who is calm and alert, or someone who is cranky and irritable? Food can have an impact on this.
I have written about eating intuitively, that is, the practice of learning to communicate with your body to “ask” it what it really needs, rather than what your mind is interpreting what the body needs. For most people, the “link” between body and mind is fuzzy, and the messages often get distorted. When the body is asking for fresh vegetables and fruits, the mind thinks “OREOS!!!”
The significant impact of this (which I often repeat on this blog) is that when we learn to develop our intuition and to strengthen that “link” between our body and mind (so the messages do not get twisted), we will save money two-fold. The first and most obvious way is that we will stop buying so many oreos. The second, and less obvious way is that we will be sick less, have more energy, make more money (because we are sick and tired less), and save massive amounts of money on health care costs. Also, because food also effects our concentration, we will also be able to focus more on our work, our hobbies, and the more important things in life, like family and friendships.