Some years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting Linda Prout, nutritionist and author of Live in the Balance. We had a chance to explore how our LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS is directly influenced by what we EAT. Imagine that! Last week I wrote the first of three posts. If you missed the first one, read it first. This is PART 2 of Linda Prout's wonderful message. A link to here website is also below:
Soothing anger; promoting calm through food choices we make...
Many women become irritable just before menstruation when progesterone levels peak. Premenstrual syndrome may also include depression or emotional swings. Men and non-menstruating women can also see emotional swings, often from stress compounded by poor diet. Emotional extremes reflect liver health. The liver helps break down and eliminate toxins and excess hormones. High levels of hormones or toxins overburdening the liver can leave us biochemically prone to attitude and mood problems. Treating the liver through diet and herbs often eliminates emotional symptoms of anger and depression brought on by stress or PMS. Foods particularly helpful in soothing the liver and reducing a tendency toward anger include soy products, green leafy vegetables and sour fruits. Soy products, including tofu, tempeh, Miso soup or soy milk are not only soothing for one who is irritated, they provide essential oils that help regulate blood sugar and thus energy levels. They also help normalize hormone levels, reducing cancer risk. Bitter green vegetables, including broccoli, romaine lettuce and dandelion greens, are particularly soothing for a liver imbalance. In addition, lemon juice, grapefruit and vinegar can also help clear the liver of toxins.
Certain foods, especially alcohol, aggravate the liver and thus exacerbate anger and depression. Alcohol, like hormones, is processed through the liver. Having more than one drink at a time places a burden on the liver and it's ability to clear toxins.
"Bad" fats are also processed by the liver. Fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken, chips, donuts, egg rolls and other foods cooked in hot oils contribute to liver problems and corresponding symptoms of anger or moodiness. Rancid oils and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils particularly tax the liver. Hydrogenated vegetable oils, including shortenings, most margarine and many commercially baked foods, are now thought to be worse than saturated fat (butter and lard) for the body. That's right, you're better off smearing butter on your toast than margarine. Hydrogenated fats or oils are found in everything from salad dressings, peanut butter and mayonnaise to crackers and cookies. Harvard school of Public Health researcher Dr. Walter Willet estimates 30,000 premature deaths each year are attributed to these hydrogenated fats, including margarine. Eliminating hydrogenated vegetable oils from your diet may not only improve your mood, it may save you from early heart disease.
Foods Beneficial for Reducing Anger and Restoring Calm:
---Tofu, tempeh, Miso soup, soy milk and other sources of soy.
---Bitter foods: dandelion greens, arugula, broccoli, watercress, rye, romaine lettuce.
---Sour foods: lemon juice, grapefruit.
---All lightly cooked vegetables especially bean sprouts, celery, lettuce, cucumber, radish.
Good herbs for cleansing the liver:
---dandelion root and leaf
Foods that aggravate anger, impatience and irritability:
---excess red meat
---greasy and fried foods
---margarine and other hydrogenated fats
IN MY NEXT POST ON THIS TOPIC...
There is more to share on this topic. In my next couple of posts, I will provide more about Linda Prout's advice for those of us with a sweet tooth with thoughts on SUGAR's impact on building community with specific foods.
These small changes might give you that leadership edge you need!
Join me next time.
Learn more about Linda Prout's work at her LifeShift website.