Food – Wicked Cool Tool Wednesday #5

by Danielle MacKinnon

shutterstock_149975024Well, it’s Wednesday morning and I’ve been up since 2am. Ugh.

But it’s for a good reason. If you’ve been reading these posts for a while, you know that I’m dealing with a pelvic floor injury that has sidelined me from my normal routine of doing Crossfit every morning.

Well, my big news is that I get to go back to working out now! Gently and slowly, but I’m all over it!

So, I’ve been up since 2am thinking about what I wanted to do, and I’m going to give Bikram yoga a try. I used to do a lot of Vinyasa yoga, so I’m interested to see where this takes me.

While laying awake in the middle of the night last night, I signed up for my first Bikram class today. I can’t wait! I have a feeling it will be a wonderful addition to helping me manage my energy – and I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow!

And speaking of managing energy (ha ha ha – nice segue right?), let’s talk about today’s Wicked Cool Tool Wednesday… uh.. tool.


Yep! It’s actually a way to manage your emotions, your anxiety, your peace, and calm.

When I teach classes – pretty much any kind of class, whether it’s about animals, opening intuition, moving through stuck energy, or anything else, I almost always mention food.

Because, other than breathing, it’s one of the most accessible, easy tools – if you know how to use it.

Certain foods promote certain feelings and certain energies. You’re probably already aware of this because when you drink caffeine you feel up, happy (at least when I do) but also zingy. When you eat an apple you can feel bright. When you drink soda, it can make you feel low.

Basically, food has the incredible ability to shift our energy almost immediately! Unfortunately, many people use food as a way to ignore something out their energy, rather than shift their energy.

Here’s an example from my life:

When I was about nine years old, my parents got divorced. For me, a super-sensitive girl who could feel anything and everything around her, my energy went way out of whack.

Each day, when I would come home from school, I would grab the bread (4 pieces no less) and stick it in the toaster. When it was done, I’d smother butter and cinnamon and sugar on top and wolf it down.

Why was I doing this? Well, it was because the bread and the sugar would work beautifully in my body to disconnect me from my emotions.

I was using the bread and sugar as a way to pop myself out of my body, thereby desensitizing me from everything that I was feeling.

To me, at nine years old, this seemed like the perfect answer to my overload.

Nowadays, I know that when I’m craving certain foods, it’s really an indicator that I need to eat something positive for my body. Something that doesn’t pop me out or desensitize me.

Here’s a quick list of what pops me out of my body (and this is my personal list and it may vary for you – although, a lot of this is universal for everyone!)

Baked goods

Starbucks Green Tea Matcha (so sad…)




French Fries….

A word about french fries – really about potatoes. Oh wow! These are the “perfect” food to disconnect you from yourself. It’s no wonder they are so popular!

Now, let me be clear – disconnecting yourself from yourself is not healthy. For some of us though, because of our situation, it may be the only option. Temporarily.

As you become conscious, as you start listening to your body, as you start realizing there is more to life than living in survival mode, you start to realize there are better ways.

Now, when I teach my classes, I explain how, not only are there foods that pop you OUT of your body, but there are also foods that bring you fully and beautifully IN to your body. Foods like:

Collard greens

Herbal tea

Fresh vegetables

Hand-picking your vegetables


Choosing foods that create balance and bring you IN to your body not only helps you manage your energy -there’s another secret here, too: it also helps you tap much more easily into your psychic abilities.

So yes, eating greens can make you psychic! (Well, kind of anyway!)

When I’m eating well, or when a student starts eating well, they almost always mention how much easier the information comes in to them. What a bonus, right?

I’d love to know what YOUR clarity foods are and what foods you’ve used to disconnect yourself in the past. It’s different for everyone – but sharing your foods may help someone else! Please share here.

Love and Light,

9 replies
  1. Patty D.
    Patty D. says:

    Danielle this is an eye opener! I have gone through an entire lifetime of finding the right foods for me. Thanks for this information. I totally know why spaghetti is my stress food. I’m discovering wonderful foods like Spelt, which Hildegard Von Bingen, a visionary and saint, wrote about. I must have bread, so Spelt is my answer. She lived from 1098 – 1189 and still her insights are good today. (Plus she was very cool in that she had a lot of visions.) I also find that I sadly can’t do caffeine. But my search for honing down my ‘spiritual’ diet continues! I can’t grow my own veggies, my horses would eat it all! They free-roam on my small acre. But I love local farmers markets. 🙂

  2. Rachael
    Rachael says:

    So if I’m obsessed with potatoes (which I am) is that a subconscious way of staying disconnected? What if I eat potatoes and then some Kale?! Can I counteract the potato effect?? ?
    Speaking of food I have been very curious as to how animals feel about people eating animals. I’ve searched high and low on the Internet and animal communicator sites and no one has touched on this question, that I could find.

  3. Leeann
    Leeann says:

    Thanks for this Danielle! Your story struck a chord with me….the similarities. My parents divorced when I was the same age, I too did the bread thing but not until I read this did I relate it to how I was feeling. I have been practicing awareness around my eating choices and why certain things I eat seem so appealing even though they aren’t good for me. Thank you for explaining all this as I have not heard anyone else put it in these terms and it makes so much sense!

  4. Jan Wiggert
    Jan Wiggert says:

    I feel wonderful when I make tabbouli from home grown parsley, tomatoes, mint, and onion. It takes a bit of time to make, but it feeds my soul as well my body. My garden is fed by the manure I spread on it from my very loved, champion Arabian horses. It feels like a complete circle of life, and I treasure every step in the creation.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Jan – gardens, growing your own food – so important! Thank you for sharing and I couldn’t agree more!

  5. katie young
    katie young says:

    I love this post! You know how when you’re sensitive or an empath and you just know what foods you shouldn’t be eating, but even other vegans look at you like you’ve lost your mind when you list the foods that you don’t eat. My husband and coworkers can nosh all day on junk food and those accidental vegan foods like Oreos?while I’m over here eating my beans, nuts, seeds,dates and fruit. They can also eat tons of salt, which I find I have to really limit. I don’t eat flour of any kind, even gluten free, nor do I feel like myself when I eat potatoes, or rice. I do get to eat loads of quinoa, because that’s a seed and I also get to justify eating lots of avocado and unsweetened raw cocoa. And you know what, that works for me, because I’d rather feel great energetically and physically that to have all the sweet treats in the world. I don’t do coffee either, but I make a mean cup of hot chocolate sweetened with Stevia that starts my day off just right!

    Good luck with your adventure into Bikram Yoga.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      HI Katie, AWESOME! You’re totally doing the tool already. What works for others won’t necessarily work for you. Yay!
      And Bikram yoga was wonderful. I feel great this morning – thanks for the well-wishes!

  6. Debbie Gray
    Debbie Gray says:

    This is brilliant, thank you! I was really pleased to see the list of good things…apart from the bread as I have found a bakery that only makes “pure” bread with no sugar or additives. Or might that be exempt? (She asked hopefully ;o)

    A breakfast I like is uncooked whole rolled oats with mixed berries, a drizzle of honey and soya. (I am trying so hard to go vegan.)

    I don’t really want to eat fish or dairy products so things like nuts and lentils and avocados ~ I hope are ok? How do pulses like chickpeas and beans fit in? Oh and china tea with rose extract ()black and unsweetened.)

    Oh! I’ve just remembered mate (pronounced mattay here in the UK) used to good too.

    Would LOVE to be able to make a LONG list of good foods so suggestions appreciated. Oh and Danielle: when you said rice did that include brown. long grain rice? And or wild rice?

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hi Debbie –
      The whole thing about using food as a tool is that you need to go with what works for YOUR body. So, it’s about getting as clean with your good as possible and then adding things in and seeing how you’re feeling. So, all those questions you’ve asked? Only YOU can answer them for yourself! but then, come back here and let me know what you learned! ~Danielle


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