I have discovered through my years of experimenting with what I put into my body how it effects my moods and my ability to show up honestly and authentically with others. There was a time in my life where eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with cheese doritos in them and dominos pizza covered in ranch dressing (I had the weirdest food cravings) was a regular every day eating occurrence. My digestion was a mess, I was bloated all the time (I literally looked pregnant/food baby belly), and I was secretly very depressed which I tried to hide behind a plastered smile on my face.
I can now see, of course in hindsight, that what I was eating was effecting my moods and my ability to feel satiation and happiness in my skin. When I started learning about yoga and Ayurveda, I began to understand that what I am putting in to my body, physically with food and emotionally with my thoughts, could change me on a cellular level. Every time I decided to eat a meal that was nutrient dense and protein rich, I was able to feel my internal inflammation go down. As I learned that I have a brain in my gut and that I could trust my body's messages and what felt good in my body, this changed how I showed up in my life.
The people around me now watch in amazement over how much vegetables I can eat (I own a t-shirt that says eat more kale ;)). With every vegetable I eat I feel mental clarity, energy, and the ability to be present. And with every non-processed food I choose not to eat, over time the emotions that were being stuffed down by all that toxic food began to surface. I'm not going to say it was easy to deal with these emotions; they were so deeply buried that they felt like they were going to eat me whole. Yet, as I continued to eat whole foods, I was able to stay with my emotions and be with myself even if they felt quite intense. As I worked (and continue to work) through these emotions, I see food and what I eat on a daily basis as a gateway.
The way you feed yourself can change your whole world which in turn can change another person's world. When you treat your body with respect and feed it whole unprocessed nutrient dense foods (think vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, organic meats, beans, whole grains, healthy fats) you step in to your vibrancy. Good nutrition can change the way you process the events of your day, which can in turn lead to decreased stress levels, which in turn helps you to feel happy, to give back, which then in turn can effect those around you. So just by eating those vegetables, you could end up making someone's day by your ability to be generous with others because you are being kind and considerate to yourself. And I think that is pretty cool.
So I want to give a call to action. Instead of telling yourself that there is something you "can't" have, you can insert a new tape that you are choosing not to have that processed food because it blocks your ability to be you. And when you show up as your authentic self, you give those around you permission and encouragement to do the same.