we can eat rainbows!
Vegetables are bright and full of energy – especially when they are raw or very lightly cooked
WHITE LIGHT contains all the colours of the spectrum and an exciting project is to eat a rainbow of food each day! This is a great way to get light into our bodies! The other way is to add “good fats” (EFAs or Essential Fatty Acids) to our diet. See below for hints and tips for eating lightly.
The better our food looks, colour-wise, the better it tastes. The colours of fresh food are bright, and they invite us to enjoy them. Try it and see for yourself: next time you make a meal pay attention to which colour sits next to which and wait for your family or guests to say, “That looks delicious.” Bring colours into your life and you invite better health to come along too!
here are some colourful food suggestions:
- RED tomatoes, peppers, strawberries
- ORANGE carrots, apricots, turnips – and of course oranges!
- YELLOW bananas, lemons, sweetcorn
- GREEN peas, spinach, kiwi fruits, leeks, courgettes
- BLUE berries, grapes, plums
- PURPLE broccoli, beetroot, blackberries, red onion
You may notice that there is no meat or fish in that list. Although eating meat is not necessarily bad for us, it is ‘dead food’ and contains none of the bright vibrant colour that fruit and vegetables have.
oil on water = a rainbow = white light
Have you noticed the rainbow effect when you look at a puddle with oil floating on it? We know that white light when split becomes a rainbow. When we eat ‘good oils’ we bring full spectrum light into our cells.
It was a big surprise to me when I learned that, contrary to what I had been told, certain fats are actually GOOD for us and we need them to stay healthy. They can’t be made by the body so we must include them in our food because they carry light into our body. The ones to look out for are Essential Fatty Acids, or EFAs.
The best known source of EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) is Omega 3 obtained from deep-sea fish oil, such as salmon or cod, but vegetarians can rejoice in the humble flax seed.
flax – the miracle seed
Flax (or linseed) seeds have been a part of the human diet for over 5000 years. To the Cherokee Indians the flax seed was as sacred as the eagle feather. They believed this small, nutty flavoured brown seed captured energy from the sun – vital to the body’s life processes. Today scientists know that this is true!
This tiny seed contains several essential nutrients including calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorous and vitamin E. Most importantly it’s also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Just one small serving of this delicious “miracle” food gives us fantastic protection against cancer and heart disease. Flax seed oil also lowers our cholesterol and shows great promise for reversing kidney damage by lupus.
We can buy flax seeds in health-food shops and supermarkets. They can be sprinkled over hot dishes or made into a nourishing tea (see the recipe section). The seeds can also be sprouted and used in salads and sandwiches or added to our morning porridge.
good oil is good for our health
Miraculously Omega oils bring light to our cells as well as a host of other health benefits, from reducing depression to helping our brains function better.
Conditions found to improve with the addition of EFAs in the diet are many and varied:
- heart disease
- psychiatric disorders
- joint inflammation