I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees
We can take a leaf from Mother Nature and pay attention to our human roots, which when strong help us weather the storms of life.
None of us are immune to the whims of living. There may be seasons where we experience joy and happiness and then suddenly we are neck deep in despair and tragedy.
Your Root Chakra holds clues as to how well you handle the cards dealt to you – both circumstance beyond and within your control. Your Root Chakra is your foundational energy. In Sanskrit the word for your base or first Chakra is Muladhara, which means root support. It is often called the root chakra because it connects you to the Earth and supports and sustains your life.
The Root is where the POWER is. You need a grounded first Chakra, as it is the base for your personal empowerment. When the energy life force of your Root Chakra is flowing freely you will have a powerful will to live a healthy life in your material reality and muster unshakable resilience during periods of uncertainty.
The key issues are safety, trust, nourishment, health, home, family, and tribe. Physical symptoms of a distorted Root Chakra often manifest in the adrenal glands, the legs and feet, the bones, the tailbone and colon, and the immune system.
FEAR is the biggest obstacle in free flowing energy to your Root Chakra (anxiety, feelings of restlessness, an inability to focus, and a general sensation of being “not really here” are other emotional imbalances) and will surface before any physical imbalances.
If you do not feel safe and anchored in your body, your Root Chakra may need a tune up!
One of the most healing ways to get your Root Chakra flowing freely is through your food choices. I like to refer to this as FOOD ENERGY. Every whole food corresponds to one or more of your Chakras or energy centers. Think of it as tapping into the energy within you for living a high vibrational life. You eat every day; these are a lot of opportunities you take for granted that are within YOUR control that can end up having a significant impact on quality of life.
Through my own personal experience as well as working with others, using the energy of food is an easy and effortless way to correct emotional and physical imbalances for optimal body-mind-spirit wellness. Body-mind-spirit wellness is how we best navigate life and the three are intertwined.
Here is a one-day meal plan to make sure your roots are strong and secure so you can move through your life safely and with resilience.
Breakfast: Root Veggie Hash and Eggs
All root veggies are incredibly healing for your Root chakra, as these foods grow deep within the quiet earth providing cool, centered earthy energy. If you eat eggs, these are also very grounding as they originate from a stable, sure-footed animal instinctively connected to mother earth.
If you do eat eggs, please be conscious of how humanely the chickens are treated and opt for buying from local farms rather than large industrialized agricultural farming practices.
3 carrots, cut into small pieces
3 parsnips, cut into small piece
3 turnips or rutabagas, cut into small pieces
1 beet, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons coconut, olive or avocado oil, divided
1 red onion, chopped
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Hot sauce or Sriracha sauce, optional condiments
Bring a pot of water to boil and add the root vegetables (carrots through beet). Boil uncovered for 10 minutes until soft. Drain and set aside.
In a large flat skillet (I like to use my cast iron skillet), heat ½ tablespoon oil over medium-high heat and add the onion. Saute for a minute or so until onions are translucent and soft. Add in another 1 ½ tablespoon of oil and evenly place the root vegetable pieces in as close to one layer as possible in the skillet. Season with some salt and pepper. Turn the heat to medium and brown for about 5-7 minutes, carefully flip to brown the other side of vegetables for another 5 minutes. Crack the eggs on top of the vegetable hash, cover with a lid and cook until eggs are set about another 3-4 minutes (or you can cook the eggs separately in another frying pan).
To serve, carefully scoop with a spatula enough of the hash underneath two eggs to a plate. Continue with the rest of the servings. I like to serve with hot sauce or Sriracha sauce on the side.
For a plant-based version eliminate the eggs and add in crumbled tempeh which can be browned at the same time as the root veggies.
Any combination of cut up root vegetables will work and even adding in a cut up white or sweet potato would work. Use what you have on hand.
Lunch: Classic Tomato Soup
I think tomato soup has got to be one of the most universally pleasing comfort foods and not surprisingly tomatoes are a whole food that resonates with your Root Chakra. Skip the highly processed canned version and make it for yourself. My recipe also includes onion and garlic, two additional grounding whole foods.
Serve with a huge salad chock full of seasonal veggies, some cooked chickpeas and a sprinkle of walnuts and you’ll have some great Chakra balancing going on too.
1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 (28-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
1 1/4 cups vegetable stock or water
1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 1 minute and add in the garlic. Season with the salt and dried basil and continue to cook until onions are softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent garlic from burning. Add in the crushed tomatoes and cook for an additional minute, pour in the vegetable broth and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and puree the soup by placing an immersion blender directly into the saucepan. Blend until smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender, place the soup in batches into a blender (or even food processor) to blend the ingredients together returning each batch back to the saucepan. Stir in the cream, if using, season to taste with some fresh ground black pepper as well as any additional salt, if needed.
To serve, ladle the soup evenly amongst 3-4 soup bowls, top with fresh basil.
Dinner: Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito
This is a powerhouse meal that combines sweet potatoes and black beans, two of the best whole foods, for keeping yourself grounded. Black beans and all legumes are my favorite go-to food for reigning in any fears and anxiety.
They are great to add to other healing whole foods like in this burrito, in soups and stews, with rice and other cooked grains, as well as tossed into salads.
If you do eat dairy, please be conscious of how humanely the cows, sheep or goats are treated and opt for buying from local farms rather than large industrialized agricultural farming practices.
For roasted sweet potatoes:
1 large sweet potato or yam, diced into ¼” pieces
1-2 teaspoon olive or grape seed oil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
For Bean Burrito:
1 teaspoon olive or avocado oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 (6”-8” diameter) whole wheat, spelt or gluten free tortillas
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
Condiments: plain Greek yogurt
4 cups seasonal fruit
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the diced sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients (through black pepper) and toss well to coat. Place in single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to assemble the burritos.
While the sweet potatoes roast, prepare the black beans: in a medium sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and onion and sauté for about 1 minute until onions are translucent. Add in the drained black beans and the following 5 ingredients (through black pepper). Stir until heated through and beans start to soften and slightly fall apart, about 3-5 minutes. Take off the heat and remove the bay leaf.
To assemble burrito: warm a tortilla in microwave for 15 seconds, place on a flat surface. Spread ¼ cup spinach on the bottom, followed by ¼ cup sweet potatoes and ½ cup black bean mixture. Sprinkle ¼ cup cheddar cheese and ½-1 tablespoon cilantro on top. Roll up and serve with yogurt.
For a plant-based version leave out the cheese or sub in a vegan cheese if that is part of your plant-based diet. Substitute a plain coconut milk or almond yogurt for the cow’s milk yogurt.
Trail mix made with nuts, seeds, and dried cranberries
Apple slices with nut butters
Strawberries, raspberries, red plums
WHAT ARE CHAKRAS?
The Sanskrit word chakra means “wheel” and you have 7 major energy “wheels,” chakras, that span from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. If you could see them they would look like wheels of energy spinning freely along your spine. Each chakra corresponds to specific glands, organs, and facets of your being that represent a psychological and spiritual quality responsible for your health and well-being, or the lack thereof.
When your energy wheels are flowing freely so is your health and well being; you are optimized for success. When they are unbalanced or blocked disturbances in your physical, mental and spiritual states can occur which are linked to physical disease, unhappiness and stagnation in your life.
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