With Thanksgiving just around the corner and pumpkin pies in the making, it’s a good time to talk about the Sacral Chakra, and the orange foods that can be used to balance this center of sexual and creative energy.
Located at the lower abdomen, the second chakra, the Sacral Chakra, is the focal point of your emotions, governing how you relate to others and the flow of your feelings and creative expression. It vibrates with the energy of the color orange.
You may recognize some of these emotional or mental health issues commonly associated with the Sacral Chakra – sexual frigidity or promiscuity, confusion or addiction, co-dependency, being overly emotional or stoic, or feeling guilty.
Physical health issues include gynecological problems, urinary tract problems, stiffness or pain in the lower back.
Have food cravings? Body weight issues and sugar/carbohydrate cravings are commonly associated with this chakra. Cravings can result from unfelt or unexpressed emotions, as well as to the common condition candidiasis, better known as a yeast infection, also associated with this chakra. An overgrowth of yeast can often follow a course of antibiotics or birth control pills and can be centered just in the area of the Sacral Chakra (the female sex organs) or move systemically throughout the body. When you have this condition, you’ll feel like you have a gremlin inside that needs to be fed, you’ll feel tired, and lacking in passion for love and life in general.
When the Sacral Chakra is balanced, you’ll feel confident in social interactions, free to process your emotions, feel creative, and able to enjoy sex and other pleasurable activities, like a holiday feast, without guilt.
Foods, especially those that share colors with the chakras, carry vibrations that can activate or balance your chakras.
Sacral Chakra Healing Foods:
If you want to balance your Sacral Chakra, and reduce cravings that lead to overeating, replace processed foods and snacks that tend to be addictive, especially as most are loaded with sugar, GMOs, hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. Instead, focus on filling, nutritious yet naturally sweet orange-colored snacks and organic whole foods, ranging from raw carrots and peppers (use them to dip in hummus or plain tahini) to yams and winter squash such as kabocha or pumpkin. Foods that are high in protein and essential fatty acids and help balance the Sacral Chakra include flax, hemp and sesame seeds, wild-caught salmon, tuna and shellfish. Fruits include oranges, peaches, apricots, mangoes and papayas.
Foods that are orange usually contain phytonutrients and Vitamin A, helping release toxins from the body, supporting the reproductive system and encouraging flow (creativity) on all levels.
Sacral Chakra Healing Activities: Swimming, dancing and healthy home cooking are all activities I recommend for Sacral Chakra balancing AND getting you back in the flow and to your ideal weight.
The Sacral Chakra is connected to the element of water and its flowing state. While the Root Chakra is all about grounding to Mother Earth, the Sacral Chakra is about reaching out to others in physical movement. Let go and let yourself splash around in the pool/ocean or move on the dance floor to your favorite music or with your favorite person. Let go and engage in pleasure and passion.
Tis the season for holiday feasts, and cooking whole foods can also increase your creativity – plan a colorful meal made with loving attention to healthy ingredients. Appreciate the beauty of the dishes you have created, breathe in their aroma, and chew them fully to savor their natural sweetness and assist in digestion. In truth, this is more satisfying than mindlessly stuffing down food to quench your pleasure center.
My Favorite Sweet Squash Pie: Sugar-, Dairy- and Gluten-Free
I find pies made with winter squashes such as kabocha, buttercup or butternut to be naturally much sweeter than pumpkin. My favorite is a very simple recipe learned during my training as a macrobiotic cook.
Squash Pie Filling: First cut the squash in quarters, seed it and either bake or steam until soft. Peel and mash 3 cups of the bright orange flesh. Dissolve 2 T. of kuzu or arrowroot in ½ cup cold water, then heat to thicken, stirring vigorously to prevent lumps. Puree the squash with the kuzu, 2-4 T. of maple syrup, and 1 tsp. of cinnamon and/or other desired spices such as nutmeg or cloves.
Nutty Oat Crust: You’ll need 1 1/3 cups oat flour (whiz rolled oats in the blender) and 2/3 cups brown rice flour. You can roast the flours to bring out their nutty taste by stirring in a skillet (cast iron ones work well). Mix in ¼ tsp. sea salt, ¼ cup chopped walnuts, 2 T. sesame or coconut oil with a fork, then add ½ to ¾ cup water (just enough to hold it together). Spread into a pie plate, then bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then add the squash filling and bake for 25 minutes more. Cool and enjoy!
Please share your favorite recipe for Sacral Chakra balancing – it may be included in my upcoming book THE CHAKRA DIET!
Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life