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Book Review: Chakra Foods for Optimum Health

Arien Smith

As comprehensive as the full title of the book, I fully stand behind Chakra Foods for Optimum Health: A Guide to the Foods that can Improve Your Energy, Inspire Creative Changes, Open Your Heart, and Heal Body, Mind, and Spirit. It is written by Dr. Deanna M. Minich, who is a certified nutritionist and has written several books on dietary health from a spiritual perspective. 

The whole book is 247 pages, filled with vital information about healing your chakras through a nutritional plan. It’s overall premise is interactive, rather than a “lecture” or just a guide, so this allows the concept in the text to be easily applicable to each person wishing to embark on a journey of nutritional healing. 

Image credit from foodandspirit.com

Image credit from foodandspirit.com

Beginning with a chakra test, you start with an understanding of which energy centers it is best for you to focus on balancing. Out of all the tests I’ve read and seen in books and online, I think this is one of the most comprehensive, despite only asking 15 questions per chakra. The way the test results are later applied to a system of healing engages you immediately into feeling confident that you can and will overcome imbalances in your energy. 

If this book strikes your fancy and you do take the test, I’d suggest repeating it at least once a month while using the techniques in the book. I’ve been doing this throughout reading the book and my root chakra healed an amazing amount through this process! I’ve been feeling more grounded since working with this through a practice of mindful eating and feeding my body foods to sustain the root chakra.

In this book, there is a great synthesis of spirituality as something intertwined with our bodies. So frequently in spiritual communities, the body is neglected for its essential role in experiencing this world. To root ourselves to this physical plane, why not focus on food? What else is more vital for living? In a time where nutrition and mindfulness are both of in the forefront of first world consciousness, this book is a great supplement to anyone’s spiritual path. Especially individuals with a connection to the energetic element of water will greatly benefit from nutritional healing. 

Divided into sections specific to each chakra, the book is incredibly easy to follow. It pulls you into the depths of each energy center without overwhelming you. Although somewhat caught in the New Age concept of the chakras, the text does reference the ancient Vedic system of chakras, so as to at least point the reader towards their culture of origin. 

The meditations and exercises about mindful eating are great, and simply reading the book helped to balance my energy more. The food lists are logical and make a lot of sense in how they correspond to each chakra. As someone who has worked with the chakras for almost five years, I’ve found the healing methods in this book to be some of the best that work with me.

This book end with delicious recipes and a plethora of reference charts. With the charts, you can look up what a bodily disorder you are afflicted with means about your energy or what foods work best to balance each chakra. Right near these tools are some of the best, healthy, recipes you’ll try! I’ve really loved the healthy flavor of the earthy chili and, if you eat it slowly and without distractions, it really does settle nicely in your body and leave you feeling grounded and content.

What’s even better about Chakra Foods for Optimum Health is that a nutritional healing practice barely takes any time out of your day. If you already cook and eat, then it’s just about cooking and nibbling with a little more consciousness and exploration! This book can also help you reframe your diet into something sustainable and healthy—without preaching a diet at all! It provides you with a substantial and easily understood tool to eat healthier, live happier, and better support your chakra system.