Eating a rainbow of colors not only makes eating fun and colorful, but also adds a variety of important vitamins, minerals and nutrients. We benefit from increasing our fruit and vegetable intake to help offset our depleted soil, higher levels of pollution, pesticides, herbicides, and other environmental toxins. As a concept, this is fun to share with our children as a way to eat all of the colors! Sharing in this with them makes for an easy way to connect and keep food as a fun and nourishing topic rather than the “don’t, good and bad.”
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH), developed a way to measure foods for their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC measure. You may ask, what does this actually mean or why would I want to know more about it? Although antioxidants and ORAC are different, there has been shown to be a correlation between foods with higher ORAC scores also potentially being a higher antioxidant food as well. This means that these colorful foods can help our bodies and blood diminish the negative effects of damage that could result from high levels of free radicals. With the majority of higher ORAC value foods having brighter colors, choosing to eat from the rainbow of colors makes sense.
To begin this series on eating from a rainbow, let’s begin with the first color of Red. There are many choices. In addition to bringing my expertise as a RDN, combining it with my intuitive and energy work, our first chakra or energy center is the color Red. This root chakra is at the base or root of the spine. It is like our umbilical cord with the earth.
Qualities that are associated with this color and this chakra include: balance, grounding, security, protection, warming, stimulating, awakening, physical energy, material world and prosperity, passion, survival and a feeling of being in the physical body. If this area is imbalanced, you may feel more anger, fear, insecurity, stress and/or a scattered or ungrounded feeling. I have supported many children and adults during coaching and energy sessions to release patterns and trapped emotions and to find ease amidst uncomfortable feelings. In addition, incorporating more red into your daily routine can be fun and easy to choose from some of the following choices:
- Goji berries
- Red grapefruit
- Red grapes
- Red pears
- Red plum
- Cabbage, red
- Red pepper
- Red Swiss Chard
Other ways to soak in Red Energy, Nourishment and Grounding can include:
- Wearing red; a piece of clothing or an accessory helps as a visual reminder
- Noticing (without analyzing) your thoughts around topics of survival, money, staying grounded, a feeling of belonging. What do you say to yourself about these topics? Staying aware without the judgement can support us in shifting back to present moment. What do you hear yourself saying? For instance, “I have to work for everything I make and still don’t have enough,” or “Even if I have money, I need to be modest about it and not share and be “too big” about it.” “If I rest and feel grounded, I won’t make what I need.” There are many spoken and unspoken beliefs we all carry about all sorts of subjects. Noticing them in a neutral way can help us see more clearly and choose or recommit to not believing everything we think!!
- Incorporating red crystals and/or crystals that support a grounded connection. You can carry them with you or place them in an area you are in a lot like a kitchen or bedroom or office. If you like crystals, you can also wear them as a pendant or other jewelry. Here is a partial list of some grounding crystals to try. If this aspect interests you, I recommend Melody’s book, Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals for detailed reference:
- Red Jasper
- Red Carnelian
- Black Tourmaline
- Developing a nature connection – create time and space to get outside for a walk or sit by a tree. Hugging trees also helps to ground us! Despite possibly sounding strange, staying close to trees who spend their lives grounded and standing can support our intentions for doing the same. Walking barefoot on the earth also fills our bodies with negative ions, adding to a grounded state. To read more about this topic, check out the Earthing book by Clinton Ober. Even taking 5 minutes a day can provide fresh air, fun and grounding all wrapped into one short commitment!
I hope these suggestions leave you excited to experiment with a variety of ways to increase the “red goodness” in your life! May you be grounded, energized and passionate as you step forward! Please let us know what you do to help support you in “recalibrating” back to center. What grounds you? What about other colors? Read on the blog for ways to get your oranges, yellows, greens, blues, and indigo/violets!