The Quadrants of Wellbeing help us to see the four areas of our health and wellbeing and the small changes we can make to put the odds in our favor for a healthier life. It is really easy to feel like each of the Quadrants are separate and distinct on their own. But that’s not true!
When we make a small change, like going for a walk every day, we know it fits in the Mechanical Quadrant, but it is going to have an impact on all of the other aspects of our health. We might actually notice the changes in our PsychoSpiritual health before we see any changes in our physical body.
Food in the Chemical Quadrant
In the Chemical Quadrant we discuss many aspects of food. Food impacts our chemical makeup, so what we choose to put into our bodies is important. Our Chemical Quadrant experts give us excellent guidance like keep it simple and ditch the white stuff, try batch cooking, and tips on how to experiment with traditional oils.
Food in the Energetic Quadrant
In the Energetic Quadrant, we discuss energy as a force that you can’t see or measure, and you can’t live without. It may not be the first thing that pops into your mind, but food is also connected to the Energetic Quadrant.
Katherine Kelly, the co- founder of Cultivate KC, theorizes that the reason we have an obesity epidemic is that something is missing from our food. She says that we don’t have a connection to the person who grew our food, so the missing element is connection.
This idea brings us to the Energetic Quadrant. Food is more than a pile of vitamins and minerals on a plate. It is more than carbohydrates or proteins. Just like people have an energy force that runs through their bodies, food does as well.
Robyn Johnson is an integrative medicine dietitian. She works with people to get to the root of their symptoms and then address that root problem with food and lifestyle.
She says, “food is not just nourishing us physically. It is feeding our brain, it is feeding our soul. We are made of energy and food is made of energy.”
Vibrations of Food
Food is made of energy, which means that it has a vibration. Although energy is often a thing that we just sense, scientists and researchers are now able to use vibrations to study energy.
Robyn explains that food can fall on the same spectrum of energy as people. There are people who have high energy and high vibrations. They are often bright, positive, joyful people that everyone wants to be around. Then there are people who have low energy and low vibrations. They might be negative personalities, or they might just be sluggish and tired.
Like people, food can be high energy. Fruits and vegetables have a high vibration and high energy. Food can also be low energy. Canned, processed food is low energy. As Robyn says, “It is not going to fulfill that energy piece of us.”
Robyn Openshaw (a different Robyn!), the author of the book Vibe, has been studying the vibrations of food. She has a list of the 200 highest vibration foods, and the 45 lowest vibration food. As Robyn Johnson says, the highest vibration foods are fruits and vegetables. Topping the list are all fruits, then dark leafy green vegetables like kale, collard greens, and spinach. The lowest vibration foods are made with refined white flour (like bread, pastries, and bagels) and have chemical sweeteners (like Splenda).
The Impact of High Energy Food
Robyn Johnson says that she teaches her clients the many ways that food impacts us. “Food has an impact on your mood, and your energy, and how well you sleep, and how your relationships are.”
When we eat high vibration food, it can raise our body’s vibrations. The opposite is also true. If we eat low vibration food, it can lower our body’s vibrations.
Energetically food is impacting us. So if we eat low energy foods, it will lower our own vibration and may impact our mood. We will feel frustrated, irritated, or just out-of-sorts. With low energy food, we might be tossing and turning all night. And of course, both our mood and our sleep are going to impact our relationships. But the energy itself impacts our relationships as well. Remember that the people we all want to be around are the high energy, positive, joyful people. If our vibrations are low, we are not those people.
In addition to impacting our mood, sleep, and relationships, the energy of food can impact our physical health. Robyn Openshaw explains that a healthy person has a vibration between 62 and 68 hertz. With high energy food, we can raise, or at least maintain, that vibration and a healthy physical body. With low energy food, we will lower our vibration, which puts us in a range where disease is possible.
What we eat and drink is important, both chemically and energetically. Make small changes to replace the low-energy foods (packaged, processed foods) with high energy foods, like fruits and vegetables. Take time to notice how these high energy foods make you feel as you put the odds in your favor.