On Sunday, I noticed that I was in a bad mood. Pretty much all day and I couldn’t snap myself out of it. I tried meditating. I tried relaxing. But nothing worked. Then, strangely, when I woke Monday morning I felt in a really good mood. This made me think – what’s going on?
The Last Week and Food
From the food point of view, last week wasn’t a good one. I was on a business trip in the UK and had a series of lunches and dinners which diverted me from my favoured raw diet. I was eating cooked (sometimes processed) food each day, and this ended with pizza for lunch on the Saturday before driving home to Paris. I can’t remember the last time I’ve eaten pizza.
Obviously, I wasn’t taking my own advice as outlined in this post – How to stay healthy in the business setting?
So, maybe my bad mood was the cause of poor food. But the week was also a stressful one, trying to keep up with the meetings and the demands of work. Sunday was certainly the first day I could relax properly.
But then, I was due to fly to Asia on Monday morning and that added stress to my Sunday. I knew there were plenty of things I had to get done before leaving again, not least was getting packed for the impending trip.
Other Signs – Tongue Scraping
When I’m at home, I’ve been using a tongue scraper each morning for the last couple of months. I’d read about them in various places and saw David Wolfe demonstrate their use in a video clip of his.
The idea is that, when you have toxins in your body, it tries to get them out any way it can, and one way is out through the mouth. During the night it tries to push as many toxins as possible out through the mouth. Using a tongue scraper (a smooth, curved piece of stainless steel), it’s possible to help the body eradicate these toxins (quickly and completely) by simply scraping them off the surface of the tongue.
Well, this morning, when I scraped my tongue I noticed quite a bit more build up coming off my tongue than normal. This suggests to me that my body had a lot more toxins in it than normal, possibly due to a week of poorer quality food and stress.
Other Signs – Body Weight
I weigh myself each morning when I’m home. I try not to obsess about my body weight (the main thing is being healthy, not the number that comes up on the scales) but I measure it just for interest (see also Don’t Obsess on your Weight – Visualize!).
Well on Sunday, the day after driving back from the UK, I was 199 pounds. That was 3 pounds heavier than last Monday morning when I left for the UK. That was a sign that I hadn’t eaten so well for the week.
But then, I had a good day (food wise) on Sunday. I didn’t eat at all until 6pm and then I only ate raw foods. I had a very nice, very healthy, raw green smoothie and some dried fruits and nuts. At the end of the evening I felt like I’d over eaten the dried fruits and nuts. I certainly wasn’t hungry.
Monday morning, I woke early to get ready to go to the airport. I did my customary 30 minutes of yoga (at least this is customary when I’m at home) and then weighed myself before my shower. To my surprise, I weighed 196.4 pounds. That’s almost 3 pounds less than the day before!
It pretty clear that my body wasn’t very happy, was high on toxins and needed a good food day (Sunday) to clear out a lot of the toxicity.
The more than usual tongue scraping was just another sign of the toxins being expelled.
Mood and Food
I’m starting to get a clear idea of what’s good for me. Having a fairly long fasting period each day, raw, fresh, whole, live foods, yoga, calmness, avoiding alcohol, enjoying time with family and friends – these are all clearly good for me. And now I can see the relationship between my mood and food. When I eat poor food for a while, it seems to have a negative effect on my mood. I get grumpy and can’t relax so well.
Of course, the week of poor food was combined with higher stress than normal, so I can’t say with complete confidence that there is a link between my mood and food. But it’s a good theory and I’ll work with it until future evidence tells me otherwise.
The other thing that I find interesting is that my food choices last week weren’t really bad when compared to the standard, average diet. Many people would think I was trying to hard to be healthy. It seems that my body has become more sensitive to food since I’ve been eating mostly raw. This is something that Matt Monarch talked about in his book “Raw Success”. I’m starting to understand what he means.
Do any of you have similar or related experiences? I’d be honored to hear about them if you do.