I am officially back in New York, and I am SLAMMED with work. Good thing chlorophyll keeps me grounded! Are you having a good week so far?
Driving back up the coast to New York from South Carolina I was really inspired by colors. There was a huge rainstorm that passed in and out, but then it would get very sunny and light up all these beautiful flowers and green trees. I love color! If you peeked into my closet you would see an abundance of brightly colored pieces- though of course, I have my share of black too! (I do live in Manhattan after all 🙂 ). I wrote another piece on color a while back- check it out HERE.
As color applies to food, when our food is naturally colorful the greater the abundance of antioxidants, life force, minerals and essential vitamins. Have you ever noticed how so much processed food, such as french fries, tukey sandwiches, chicken burritos and the like are ugly tan and pasty brown colors?? Or maybe artificial neon colors are more disarming- like the bright red of the processed, canned tomato sauce on a slice of Pizza Hut pizza or the more orange than orange Dorrito. Either way- it certainly is scary!!
Here are some examples of our true Rainbow of Health Foods:
RED: Contains Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant
Examples: Tomatoes, watermelon, guava
ORANGE: Contains Beta-carotene, which supports the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant
Examples: carrots, yams, mangoes, pumpkins
YELLOW- ORANGE: Vitamin C, flavonoids which help us detoxify of harmful substances
Examples: Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, papayas, peaches
GREEN: Folate, which build healthy cells and genetic material. Also contains chlorophyll and a broad range of vitamins and minerals
Examples: Kale, spinach, collard greens, cilantro, parsley, etc.
GREEN-WHITE: Contains indoles and lutein- which help eliminate excess estrogen and carcinogens
Examples: Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
WHITE-GREEN: Contains allyl sulfides- which destroy cancer cells, reduce cell division, and support immune systems
Examples: Onions, garlic, chives, asparagus
BLUE: Contains anthocyanins, which are powerful free-radical scavengers
PURPLE: Contains Resveratrol- a strong anti-aging antioxidant
I’ll write more soon! Have a beautiful, colorful day!
Thanks for this blog, Kimberly. Very inspiring!
I would love to see what a day or two meal plan looks like for you. I’ve been almost 100% vegan since January, and trying to eat lots more raw, but I feel hungry and weak. I don’t have a dehydrator and don’t have the means of getting one now. (I do have a blendtec, and enjoy big green smoothies every day.) Is it possible to eat this way without a dehydrator? What does your meal plan for a couple of days look like? This would be really helpful.
So many raw foodists and vegans come to me and feel weak and not well. It actually doesn’t necessarily have to do with any lack or deficiencies in the diet, but the inability of the body on its own to remove all the acidic waste and toxicity that gets kicked up with such a high vibration, clean diet. I actually don’t use my dehydrator very much- and I certainly do not rely on it for a daily diet. So remember- it is not just about what we put in- it is what we take out and how we cleanse. I didn’t understand this for the first few years that I was raw, and now I feel like a different person.
Kimberly…and by saying “it is what we take out”…meaning things like colonics? I tried one a year ago, and was a little discouraged, because I was hoping it would “take more out” then it seemed to, and I didn’t feel much different afterwards…do you find that not all of the sessions you have…kick up as much waste…I need some encouragement to try again… (Hope I didn’t gross anyone out with my question)
Hi Kimberly! Your blog is such a great inspiration for a healthier lifestyle! I am a vegan,living in Norway, and I am try to increase a lot of raw food in my diet right now, and I find your recipes really helpful.
Great! I actually do quite a few nutritional consultations via Skype to Norway. It is great you guys have so much access to figs, produce, raw sauerkraut, etc.
I hope to visit your country one day!
Hey Kimberly, thank you for your wonderful posts!
I would like to ask about this cleaning process, should I still keep some not so clean stuff in my diet or what should I do in order to not feel so weak while going raw? Salt water flush?
The cleansing process is unique to everyone, and I would have to look at your whole diet and give you a consultation in order to give a responsible response. I put people on transition diets so the detox isn’t too much at once. In general I will say to drink a lot of water, and if you feel really unwell you could eat something more grounding or heavy, like a piece of gluten-free bread.
Just to say I’m a great admirer of your work and this blog. Is that a Buddhist image I see in front of your laptop ?
Very nicely put in your article Eating the rainbow is a simple way to remember to get as much color and variety in your diet as possible. Each color of fruit or veggie contains unique health components that provide you with numerous health benefits.
I have been reading your blog for sometime now and your such an inspiration to me.. I am feeling deeply depressed at the moment, I have bad skin on my face and all over my body. I have bad cellulite and it’s really depressing because I don’t ever go out without covering up. I am 26 now and I have never really enjoyed my life becasue getting dressed to go out is a chore having to pick clothes to cover a scar on my back, cellulite, my armpits are dark probably from shaving, I have old spot scars all over. I feel extremely unattraactive my relationship is suffering, I am overweight I am eating better to loose the pounds. Do I have a chance of improving my skin with food, I haven’t seen any improvements thus far, I am starting to feel like I never will. None of friends eat nearly as healthy as I do and they don’t have cellulite..I am desperate for some advise please help..
Thank you so much for sharing. I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well about yourself. The great news is that the body has an incredibly ability to regenerate and renew itself. So there is indeed hope!! Be sure you are having plenty of greens and green smoothies and lots of veggies. There should be a salad at dinner, and ideally at the start or for lunch as well. Be sure you are drinking a lot of water in between meals to flush out. Use pure Vitamin E cram on your scars- they will fade in time and as your diet improves things can turnover faster. If you are interested in a full consultation, where I can look at your entire diet and background, please email email@example.com.
Hang in there love! Summer is here, and it is a great time to get out and feel good again and eat well!
I was wondering if you have any diet or health suggestions to fight under eye circles? After trying every $$ eye cream there is, I tried cutting out dairy and caffeine, but no luck. (They aren’t hereditary, but after some weight loss 9 months ago they cropped up and won’t go away). I’m hoping there’s a natural solution instead of the fillers my dermatologist is suggesting!
MJ….Kimberly wrote somewhere on here that celery helps with under eye circles..I started to eat celery daily and noticed a difference!
That is awesome!! It does help!
Mj! I have the perfect blog for you. check out “Don’t Slather on the Makeup…something something Undereye circles.” It is in the archives. People have been telling me, recently in fact, that it is helping! xx Kimberly
Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks 🙂
i keep on following u on twitter a few days ago and i went to your blog..and it is soooo interesting and
now it is among my favourites.
Well i love salads too, everykind,
I even produce organic food cause my family has a farm :)…tomatoes, onions, carrots, eggplants, lettuces, basil, parsley, olives and oil(you should try it), broccoli and lemons and fruits:))
Growing organic food is healthy and best of all, delicious. you can realize that there is a lot of flavor and the same for the fruits…in those days apricots and cherries are making me happy ..lol and in a bit i will harvest plums.
I also have a youtube channel where i cook italian and sicilian dishes and cakes, i will upload new videos soon about some salads recipes too.
Have a beautiful day
I am geared up and stoked about starting the blossoming beauty phase feeling I soaked 1/2 cup of oat groats last night and followed the recipe in your book. Sadly, I can’t eat the oats. They are VERY chewy and will take some serious getting used to. They soaked for about 9 hours in several inches of water. Do they need to soak longer? Do I need to mulch them in my food processor? I tried a Vitamixer first then switched to a food processor but didn’t see a difference. Please help!