Food and The Emotions

February 15, 10am to 5pm


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Are our thoughts and emotions more influenced by our genetic inheritance or our lifestyle and culture?

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Food & The Emotions

An Exploration of the Body/Mind Connection

with Bill Tara

One of the most common debates in understanding human emotion is the argument between Nature or Nurture. Are our thoughts and emotions more influenced by our genetic inheritance or our lifestyle and culture?

In this one-day workshop we will use a fusion of the Ancient Wisdom of Asian medicine and the insights of Modern Nutritional Science and Psychology to unravel the mysteries of our emotional landscape.

The issues surrounding what we eat and its effect on us can be confusing. Food is not only a primary fuel for our biological well-being it also has deep emotional and cultural connections. Food can either serve us for our good health and pleasure or undermine our total well-being. Our food addictions and cultural traditions often stand in the way of our better intentions.

Every year we discover more about how specific nutrients in our daily diet affect our brain chemistry. Some of these effects are positive and contribute to mental stability and improved cognitive function and some inhibit proper functions. Knowledge of these relationships can place us in a better position to improve the health of the nervous system. The implications of these discoveries are wide reaching.

By improving our mental functions and sensitivity we can better reduce stress, overcome emotional triggers and maintain a greater degree of calm. There is a reason why monastic communities all over the world have followed specific diets to assist in meditation. (Don’t worry, I will not be recommending a monastic diet.) Once we understand which foods serve us, we can make better choices.

During this day we will look at the ways that food addictions develop and how to cure them. As well as understanding the ways the food effect our mental functioning and responses to our environment.

10am to 11:30 Understanding The Ways We Form Food Habits

Biological Triggers And Dopamine

The Gut Biome And Enteric Nervous System

11:30 to 11:45 Morning Break

11:45 to 13:00 Foods That Harm And Foods That Heal Body & Mind

13:00 to 14:00 Lunch (Bring Your Own Or Dine Out)

14:00 to 16:00 The Chinese 5 Energy System of Health & Emotion

How Organic Imbalance Produces Emotional Distress

16:00 to 16:15 Afternoon Break

16:15 to 17:00 Seven Biological Keys To Emotional Health

Q & A