Have you ever wondered why there are so many different colors to the foods we eat? The array of yellows, pale to deep, candy apple red to burgundy, purples, whites, greens too numerous to count. Have you ever considered the importance food color has on your health? Nature has its own coding system, and when we are in alignment with the miraculous colors of the food we eat, our bodies are able to decode the important messages these foods have to offer. If we tune in to this amazing natural pharmacy that is available to us, the colors of food that inspire us visually can also support healthy cells, organs, tissue and bones. In fact, the vibratory effect of the color spectrum when ingested provides some of the most beneficial immune support, encouraging health and well being beyond measure.
In addition, the color of food has very specific correlations to the emotional body and what we are experiencing at any given moment. The eastern healing philosophies go in-depth into this science of holistic integration allowing all aspects of our being to unite. East Indian teachings include this holistic approach through the chakra system. Each of the seven chakras in this energy system has a direct correlation to a specific color, in relationship to the same food color, as well as the associated organs, glands, emotional and spiritual issues interconnected with it. The next time you are attracted to a particular food take note of what you may be feeling, as well as your nutritional needs to satisfy the physical body and the emotional aspects of wellbeing.
The following examples are a general overview of how the colors of food can affect the many aspects of our mood and overall health.
The first root chakra resonates with the color red and is associated with red foods such as raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, grapes, beets, radishes and cherries. These are stabilizing foods that are grounding and provide a firm foundation for life.
The second sacral chakra resonates with the color orange and is associated with orange foods such as persimmons, apricots, sweet potatoes, melon and salmon. These foods are very hydrating and rich in mineral content. It symbolizes on an emotional level balance and the ability to flow with change.
The third solar plexus chakra correlates to the color yellow that represents the strength of the will and constitution, with intuitive guidance and courage. These yellow foods include bananas, squash, lemons, melons and peppers.
The fourth chakra correlates to the heart and the color green, with openness to growth and development and a devotion to unconditional love. These foods include cucumbers, peppers, artichokes, asparagus, avocado, kiwi and limes.
The fifth throat chakra is associated with the color blue and resonates with self-expression and authenticity. These blue/green color foods are rare, found mostly in sea vegetables such as nori, hijiki seaweed and blue-green algae.
The sixth chakra represents the third eye and resonates with purple foods associated with intuition and imagination, and formulates the basis for truthful living. Some of these rich purple foods include grapes, figs, blackberries, plums and eggplant.
The seventh crown chakra resonates with the color white and includes purifying foods such as onions, garlic and daikon radish. This chakra is connected to awareness and open-mindedness, and references the ability to see and feel the unseen on a deeper spiritual level. This is a level of cleansing and/or fasting - learning to live more with less in order for clarity to be revealed.
It is important to note that sun and water provide the source of growth and development for all of these magnificent food colors. It is the clarity of these elements that ultimately create clarity within our own beings.
Are you drawn to a particular food color? If so, what are you feeling and what is it telling you in the moment about what you may need in order to balance your life on a holistic level? As we transform and change, so do our requirements for specific foods. When we pay close attention to this refinement of nutrition, it will ultimately lead to a more balanced lifestyle.
Enjoying the gamut of food color leads to better health, self-awareness and an overall sense of wellbeing.
HERE'S TO LIVING IN COLOR!
Reference-Fitness Journal 2014-Chakra Nutrition by Teri Mosey