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How colours affect your mood and eating habits

Did you know the colour red stimulates appetite?

By Tamanna C  February 22nd, 2017

The colour of the food you eat has a compelling impact on your life, affecting your emotions, demeanour, and even how much you eat. To understand how to transform your life using colour alchemy, it’s valuable to learn a bit about the nature of colour. All the hues that you see are composed of electromagnetic energies, vibrating at different frequencies. Your body is also made of varying frequencies, and when you’re feeling off balance, you’ll be subconsciously drawn to colours that provide the frequency your body needs. This includes the colour of the food you eat.

Numerous scientific studies record the powerful effect different shades have on our emotions and body. For example, people who are angry or upset are likely to calm down in a pink room. Your pulse and blood pressure will go up in a red environment and go down in a blue environment. Certain shades of both blue and yellow can affect the way neurons connect in the brain. Some studies suggest that certain disorders, such as chronic pain, brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease, can be affected in a positive way by colour. Eating a diet rich in different hues will enhance both your nutrition and metaphysical state.

Understanding colour alchemy in food

Red activates your energy

Red stimulates the physical body to respond with direct action. Eating red foods will fill you with dynamic energy, strength and courage. Health, vigour and sexuality are also closely associated with the colour red. Red can assist in overcoming inertia, depression, fear, and melancholy. A red dining room will stimulate appetite, so if you’re on a diet, this might not be the best colour. Additionally, the antioxidants in red foods are thought to help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Strawberries, cherries, watermelon, tomatoes, raspberries, cranberries, beets, red peppers, rhubarb, watermelon, pink grapefruit, radishes, red apples, and red potatoes are all examples of invigorating red foods. 

To expand your joy, eat orange

Eating orange foods encourages optimism, emotional balance and a sense of community. Orange is also a good colour choice for your dining room, as it will encourage people to gather, socialize, and have fun. Carrots, winter squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, nectarines, peaches, apricots, papayas, mangoes, persimmons, orange tomatoes, and cantaloupes are tasty ways to connect with the energy of orange.

To activate clarity, eat yellow

Yellow foods can also stimulate the intellect as well as communication. Yellow is associated with mental discrimination, attention to detail, evaluation and clarity of thought. Yellow stimulates flexibility and adaptability to change. Yellow kitchens tend to be gathering places for family and friends to chat about their day. Plus, the healing vitamin C is found in lemons and grapefruit. Summer squash, yellow peppers, sweet corn, pineapples, yellow watermelons, and other yellow fruits and vegetables fill you with glowing yellow energy; and they contain betacarotene that promotes healthy eyes.

To encourage abundance, eat green

Green foods can stimulate feelings of harmony, peace and healing. Since green is found everywhere in nature, it’s often used to symbolize the abundant, replenishing forces of the universe. The colour green reminds us that there will always be enough. Green is a good color for your kitchen or dining room, as it’s both restful and energizing. Green fruits and vegetables contain lutein, which research at Harvard has shown helps protect sight. Zucchini, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, green peppers, celery, asparagus, peas, dandelion greens, green beans, green apples, green melons, kiwi, limes, broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, avocados, green grapes, and green cabbages are good choices to connect with the potent energy of green. 

To inspire peace, eat blue

Blue encourages inner peace and stimulates spiritual understanding by allowing for gentleness and patience. As a suggestion, since there are very few naturally blue foods, consider drinking water from a blue drinking glass or water bottle. The water will absorb the powerful energy of blue and fill you with its life-force energy. You can also place your food in a blue glass bowl to absorb the blue energy.

To be spiritually balanced, eat white

White is the colour that encompasses all others. White foods can be purifying, especially when the hue is naturally occurring, as in onions, cauliflower, and bananas. To cleanse your spiritual energy, consider decorating your dining room in opulent shades of white. White fruits and vegetables are thought to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and help reduce incidences of stomach cancer and heart disease. Some white fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes and bananas, are also high in potassium. Other examples are onions, jicama, parsnips, cauliflower, mushrooms, ginger, and garlic.

How to incorporate colour into your style 

Bored of a wardrobe dominated by neutral hues? Let model Anjali Lama give you a crash course in colour coding your look.

Kapil Das

Cotton sweatshirt, Rs 2,999, H&M. Velvet skirt, Rs 17,500, Dhruv Kapoor. Leather heels, Rs 3,800, Lulu & Sky. Crystal earrings and ring; both prices on request, Atelier Swarovski.

Kapil Das

(From left)

Silk-Lycra unitard, price on request, Hermès. Silk-organza shirt, Rs 10,000, Akaaro. Leather heels, price on request, Christian Louboutin. 

Cotton maxi dress, Rs 8,900, Flame. Dionysus bag, price on request, Gucci.

Kapil Das

(From left)

Linen top, Rs 9,800, Eka. Tulle top, Rs 1,799, H&M. Poplin pants, Rs 9,500, Lovebirds.

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Kapil Das

Cotton shirt, Rs 9,950, Aish. Silk skirt, Rs 17,000, Tanieya Khanuja.


Kapil Das

(From left)

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Silk kaftan, Rs 17,850, Aish. Lamé jacket, Rs 18,500, Dhruv Kapoor.

Kapil Das

(From left)

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