There are many ways a person can create balance in the chakras. One of the least explored ways is using foods to create balance.
So how do we feed ourselves in ways that nourish and permit health in our energy centers? We nourish the energy of a specific chakra by eating foods that support the underlying energy of that chakra. Each month we will explore what kinds of foods can nourish each of the major chakras.
The energy associated with the first major chakra of our energetic anatomy, our root chakra, is a sense of survival. Foods that therefore ground us, and make us feel safe, make perfect meals to balance the energy of the root chakra.
Here is a recipe I enjoy in the winter when I am feeling ungrounded. It is heavy enough to ground and warm, without being unhealthy. The splash of red from the skin of the potatoes makes the dish quite suitable for 1st chakra healing, as red is the colour of the first chakra.
COCONUT & FISH SOUP
- One celery stick, chopped
- Half a large onion, chopped
- 1 medium size carrot, chopped
- 14 fl. oz. or one can of unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 unskinned red skinned potatoes, quartered
- ½ cup of sweet potatoes, cut into one inch cubes
- 1 cup pumpkin or squash, cut into one inch cubes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 fillets of white fish, for example basa fish, cut into 2 inch portions
- 6 cups of water
- one teaspoon of dried thyme leaves
- salt and black pepper to taste
- ¼ cup of chopped fresh cilantro
- Saute the onions, celery and carrot together with the thyme on a medium heat until the onions are translucent.
- Add the pumpkin, sweet potatoes and water and boil, until the pumpkin and potatoes are soft, approximately 25 minutes.
- Add the red skinned potatoes and boil until the potatoes are cooked, approximately 10 minutes.
- Reduce the heat until the soup is simmering, add the fish and coconut milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until the fish is cooked. Approximately 5 minutes
- Turn off the heat and stir in the cilantro.
Enjoy while hot. (Feel free to substitute the fish with chicken.)