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Navigating the world as someone who is energy sensitive (an empath or highly sensitive person), can be challenging at times. Sensitives face a world that isn’t built for their level of sensitivity. So understanding your sensitivity and what works best for you as a sensitive can really take some of the stress away. One area where I see sensitives struggle is diet. We struggle with fatigue…a lot. So it can be easy to reach for highly processed, convenience foods when we are feeling exhausted. But those foods can actually deplete energy instead of replenishing it. So then what is the best diet for empaths? I’m not a dietician or nutritionist so I cannot recommend one way of eating, but in my own experience, a natural, whole, fresh food diet has been what has worked best for me.
Many sensitives struggle with digestive issues and food intolerances (all caused by chronic stress). And they may also be sensitive to many of the synthetic chemical additives, preservatives, and colorings found in so many highly processed foods out there. As a result of their sensitivities, they could experience skin issues, gastrointestinal problems, or even respiratory issues.
Food was meant to nourish us and supply us with the nutrients and energy that we need to thrive. But from an energetic perspective, many of the factory-processed foods available are energetically dead. They aren’t rich in nutrients or the energy that we need. So for those who are sensitive, energetically and nutrient-depleted foods may deplete energy instead of boosting energy. Add to that the fact that many empaths react negatively to synthetic chemicals and they may find that eating too many factory-processed foods is impacting their health and well-being. Many empaths find that eating whole foods feels much better energetically.
What does a whole food diet look like?
But what does it mean when I talk about “whole foods”? These are foods that are in their natural state, or as close to it as possible. When at the grocery store, it would be the foods that you find around the perimeter of the store.
This would include fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat, dairy, and eggs, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, legumes, and fresh herbs. Of course, it’s important to avoid any whole foods that you are sensitive to or have an allergy to!
Does eating this way mean you shouldn’t ever eat processed foods? No. But there are definitely some that will be less energetically depleted than others. The key is in reading the nutrition label. You benefit more by choosing processed foods that contain whole food ingredients and fewer chemical additives. There are some great products that are available in the market today that can be better options.
The key is to begin paying attention to how different foods make your body feel. If you eat a meal and feel tired, angry, sad, or blah, something you ate may have not been the best energetic match for your body.
Transitioning to a whole food diet
Our friends over at Simple Clean Living have actually written a bit about making the transition to a real food way of eating. Be sure to check out the posts below for some additional guidance!
How to Switch to a Whole Food Diet
What a Real Food Way of Eating Looks Like
Making the switch to whole, real, fresh foods can be a game-changer for empaths. It is one healthy way to recharge your energy and prevent yourself from getting depleted! And it is the best diet for empaths…and even for those who are not sensitive! Of course, I have tons of real, whole-food recipes here on the site. So be sure to take a look!