What is emotional fitness? (becoming a mindful eater)

In the quest for an optimal sense of well-being, we often prioritize physical fitness over dietary choices.

Yet, amidst all these choices and health trends, the pivotal relationship between emotional fitness and a healthy diet remains under-explored.

Emotional fitness encompasses:

  • resilience
  • self-awareness
  • coping strategies

A nutritious diet fuels both body and mind.

Recognizing the essential connection between these two facets of wellness is crucial for cultivating holistic health and vitality.

Emotional fitness, much related to physical fitness, demands regular attention and cultivation. It involves developing the capacity to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and grace.

Just as muscles grow stronger with exercise, emotional resilience through practice as mindfulness becomes part of our everyday life.

How to Increase Emotional Fitness:

  1. Techniques and practices such as meditation
  2. Journaling daily
  3. Seeking support from friends and loved ones

These practices can enhance emotional well-being, fostering inner strength and equilibrium.

How does food impact our emotions?

Similarly, the food we consume profoundly impacts our emotional state.

Research suggests an important and often underestimated relationship between diet and mood, often termed the “gut-brain axis”.

Nutrient-dense foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants provide the building blocks for our neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that regulate mood and cognition.

Conversely, diets high in processed foods have been linked to increased risk of depression and anxiety.

5 Expert Tips: how to actually be a mindful eater

Integrating emotional fitness with a healthy diet is not merely about adding some greens to your plate or meditating for a few minutes each day. It’s about recognizing the profound interplay between our emotional state and dietary choices and investing in this synergy to foster holistic well-being.

Mindful Eating:

  • Embracing mindful eating practices can deepen our connection with food allowing us to savor each bite and tune into our body’s hunger and satiety cues.
  • By eating with awareness, we cultivate a greater appreciation for the nourishing qualities of whole foods found in a plant-based diet, enhancing both physical and emotional satisfaction.
  • Remember to chew slowly!

Emotional Awareness:

  • Cultivating emotional awareness empowers us to discern between true hunger and emotional cravings.
  • Instead of using food as a coping mechanism for stress or boredom, we can develop healthier coping strategies such as mindfulness, exercise, or engaging in creative pursuits.
  • By addressing the root causes of emotional eating, we can foster a more balanced relationship with food and emotions.

Nutrient-Rich Plant-Based Diet:

  • Prioritizing a diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins, and healthy fats provides the essential nutrients needed for optimal brain function and emotional resilience.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts, for instance, are renowned for their mood-stabilizing properties.
  • Antioxidants in colorful fruits and vegetables help combat inflammation and oxidative stress, which are implicated in mood disorders.
  • Start the day with a nutrient dense breakfast!

Balancing Blood Sugar:

  • Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can profoundly impact mood and energy levels.
  • Consuming a balanced diet that includes complex carbohydrates, plant proteins, and healthy fats helps stabilize blood sugar levels, promoting sustained energy and mood stability throughout the day.

Supportive Community:

Building a supportive community of friends, family, or peers who share similar health goals can provide invaluable encouragement and accountability on the journey toward emotional and dietary well-being.

Also, our social connections play a vital role in nurturing overall health and resilience that can help us over the long-haul.


In essence, integrating emotional fitness and a healthy diet is about embracing a holistic approach to well-being that honors the intricate interplay between mind, body, and spirit.

By nurturing:

  1. emotional resilience,
  2. fostering mindful eating habits
  3. prioritizing nutrient-dense food

We can cultivate a foundation of vitality and balance that enriches every aspect of our lives.

As we embark on this journey toward holistic wellness, let us remember that true health is not merely the absence of illness but the presence of vitality, joy, and resilience in body, mind, and soul.

This blog discussion is by Richard Keith (my amazing dad!) a certified Radix Teacher and
Self-Esteem Counselor. Radix is an Education in Feeling and Purpose and is offered by Radix practitioners worldwide. It is based on the work of Wilhelm Reich and Dr. Charles Kelley. Radix is a Somatic (Body) Based approach to our emotions and learning how to apply what we learn in our lives. For more information, go to
www.Radix.org and/or www.radixhealthmichigan.com

Danielle Brown

Hi! I’m Danielle Brown, the face behind HealthyGirl Kitchen! I share easy, approachable plant-based recipes that are not only healthy but taste amazing. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook for free vegan meal ideas, recipes and healthygirl tips.

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