Nature is incredibly smart. Nature has provided everything we need to flourish and to be well.
Choosing foods that resemble the colours of the rainbow means you are receiving an abundance of nutrients to flourish your cells with activity, life and regeneration. Choosing to eat the rainbow means you are providing your systems with a variety of foods that is essential to well-being. Choosing to eat the rainbow will provide you with optimal health.
Choosing red coloured foods are full of anti oxidants and lycopene, providing strong anti-ageing properties. Red also strengthens the heart and blood. Look for red capsicums or otherwise known as bell peppers, strawberries, goji berries and tomatoes.
Choosing orange coloured foods are chock full of beta carotene and are good immune boosters. Look for oranges, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, and red lentils. These foods also contain an abundance of Vitamin A.
Choosing yellow foods contain high amounts of Vitamin C and are anti-inflammatory. They also help with tissue repair. Look for lemons, turmeric, yellow squash, ginger, pineapple, and extra virgin cold pressed olive oil.
Choosing foods that are green are detoxifying and deodorisers because of their high chlorophyll content and alkalisingfactors. Look for all leafy greens such as spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli, celery,and parsley.
Choosing foods that are blue or purple in colour are considered to be brain boosters because they contain anthocyaninwhich is an anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and helps prevent cardiovascular disease. They also protect the central nervous system. Think of blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, black beans, purple cabbage, and purple grapes.
Whilst it looks pretty to have a colourful plate consisting of a little of each colour, it is more beneficial to choose a few foods per meal and eat an abundance of that food. That means, rather than making a salad with a huge variety of foods, select fewer items and use more of it. For example, add half a punnet of tomatoes rather than just a few. Use a whole carrot rather than half. This increases your nutrient intake for that food making it much easier for your body to absorb and benefit from.
For the next meal, you could focus on other foods that you didn’t use at the previous one. This creates constant variety of foods, which is important, both nutritionally and to avoid boredom.
The food rainbow has a direct connection with our Chakra system, the 7 main energy centres that run along the spine.
Red – The Root Chakra: this is where we feel nurtured, responsible and self-sufficient. It also activates the kidneys.
Orange – The Sacral Chakra: our pleasure centre, enjoyment and abundance. It also houses our sexual development.
Yellow – The Solar Plexus: maintains our confidence and creativity. It also controls digestion of food.
Green – The Heart Chakra: this is where we feel generous, open and loving. It also assists to build a strong immune system from pain and disease.
Blue – The Throat Chakra: this is where we speak our truth and communicate. It also controls the metabolism and affects physical and mental development.
Purple – The Brow Chakra or Third Eye: cultivates wisdom, flexibility and humour. It also influences metabolism growth and other hormones.
Violet – The Crown Chakra: Cultivates grace, bliss and gratitude. It also produces melatonin and regulates the body clock.
Choose wisely. Live vibrantly. 🌿