Mind Over Food — What it’s about ?

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Growing up , I was used to being behind the dorm kitchen or following my maitre d watching her cook and peel potatoes. She was a feisty lady , her hips big and her eyes squint as she tastes her food . She frequently licks her upper lips and constantly adds her homemade spices.

It’s funny, she was always alone and everyone seems to sympathize her for being a spinster. Her cat Oulie purrs as he sits next to her, however, the funny thing is she never felt happier . She laughs with no care and her food can put a smile on anyone .

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I never noticed it until I embarked on a special journey with food . Being bullied all the way from primary to high school , I suffered severe depression and anxieties . I never knew what those words meant until later in life , I always thought those emotions meant something bad was about to happen. I just sat there crying and hoping it would stop . However , I had my own vision though on how successful I could be and I was afraid that these problems are going to paralyze me from ever reaching that point in life.

I took refuge in the kitchen , from cooking burned eggs till burning my upper lip trying to grill cheese on a fork ; I enjoyed every moment of it . I watched Gordon Ramsay and his cooking all my life and tried to imitate his skills up to my understanding . I was prone to injuries and I was laughing .

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The joy I had expanded as I traveled all around the world , I constantly searched for the best and the worst foods in that country and never hesitated to try them . My friends sometimes find that disgusting , but for me, it’s an amazing story .

Until then , I thought food has nothing to do with a person psyche , however, I realized that every time I indulge in different flavors it triggered a different part of my brain . It triggered a memory and it triggered different emotions . I decided to look deeper .

How does your diet change your mood ?

Why do we crave chocolate during menstruation and why do we look for oysters as aphrodisiacs?Why is it people dine with cheese and berries to induce love or look for a warm pot of stew to feel safe?

When spoken theoretically , it all doesn’t seem to make sense but when you analyze your everyday diet you’ll soon notice the slightest change in your mood. From rumors and investigation finally, I stumbled upon a gold mine,

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Japan one of the most revolutionized as well as fantastically awkward countries has been the pioneers of female Ramen noodles .

Ramen noodles are every Japanese bread and butter. Like how every European enjoys potatoes , they enjoy that long slimy noodle. Eventually, they created flavors that cater to women’s emotions with the aim to lift their spirits as well as give them a positive energy to go through day to day life . Ramen is generally eaten by people in their mid-twenties to those who are in their late forties , with such a large number of people who enjoy this delicacy (half of them are women) it’s important to find a way to include mental health in their diets . On the other hand , chef’s in Tokyo are currently experimenting in Feminine Ramen broths , with one currently being the pioneer ;chef Nozu is taking this industry for an indefinite ride.

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It was a small step , however, I decided to expand it and experiment cooking with myself and then with others . During a dark period, I started cooking as a form of self-medication for depression .I preferred slaving myself in the kitchen as a choice of an alternate reality , the truth is my emotions reflected in my cuisine . It reflected the pain I was going through and it showed in those who ate my food . Often enough after eating they too seem to be under the moon about their emotions. A full stomach but a sour cloud always loomed during those cooking sessions .

On another occasion , before falling head over heals in a relationship ; I said the only way to get him to notice me is to cook . I started with the least amount of knowledge on what I was doing , but during the process, it felt natural . Me and the food were in tune . I felt oxygen and my hormones of love and happiness surging to my brain charging it as I made the final dish .

However, the question is , did those who ate it feel the same ?

Yes they did ,

The enjoyment of the food was felt throughout the room . Despite it being spicy , I saw some even licking their plates clean . That night as if it was an aphrodisiac , everyone was tuned in the mood for love — even my steel-hearted man. It was a trigger , however, after observing through various trials and errors I realized food is one way to trigger emotions that expected and unexpected.

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In the progressive sense, if you’ve been through the “Hangry” phenomenon then you would realize how food can change your psych from bridezilla to Godzilla.

Recently recognized by the Oxford Dictionary- it’s when someone becomes extremely hungry and angry at the same time . Their anger is irrational and it goes on in small bursts , they crave for food which packs a punch or savory . When a person is going through the phase of being “Hangry” you can never satisfy them with a bar of chocolate or a pound of chocolate cake because they would be full but they wouldn’t feel fulfilled .

Food is a roller coaster ride you never get off.

You put in anger in a bowl , you make the world angry on the other hand when you put in love you get love in return . Like alcohol it’s hypnotizing and like the sea, it’s calming.

My personal journey with food took me through various paths, for those who go through severe depression and anxieties , you’ll know that you can heal but the disease will never go away. All you can do is take control of it , like riding a horse you hold it by its reins and never let it control you.

In this journey , your diet and what you eat is important . Identifying your emotions and matching the right palate to it, isn’t hard — it’s actually all the way back to our roots . Our ancestors , despite the culture and heritage, they based food on various aspects one of it is psychology.

As for how food was my light , why not make it yours and travel back in time to where we all started?

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