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The Colour Diet

Colours can really liven up our whole look and if we get it right, make us look fabulous from the outside. But what about the inside?

The natural colours in food are produced by the antioxidants and nutrients they contain - all of which are fabulous anti-agers that also fight illness and disease. But going for a colourful diet doesn’t automatically mean that artificial colourings are good for you. Instead stick to the natural colour rainbow of food.

There's no disputing that fruits and vegetables are healthy and that you should eat as many as you can. They are low in fat, calories, and sodium, have no cholesterol, and are high in fibre. Fibre helps fill you up so don't feel like eating more, and it also helps move the digestive process along. Of course, these foods are also full of vitamins and minerals that provide your body with energy.

Fruits and vegetables are full of phytochemicals, which are chemicals that come from plants and provide color to the food. There are more than 12,000 phytochemicals in nature, and eating fruits and vegetables, rather than using supplements, is the best way to make sure you are getting enough of them in your diet. Each colour food has a different type of phytochemical that helps your immune system function properly.

Next time you eat a meal see how many colours are on your plate of food. Get colour in your diet and into your wardrobe and you'll have bundles of energy and an enviable glow from the inside and outside.

Here are some examples of how to make the colour diet work in your diet and in your day to day wardrobe, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to follow.

Eat by colour, dress by colour

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Dressing in Red

Red - it is the colour of power, sexiness and energy. Wear red and you feel confident, dynamic and in control. Every woman should own a pair of red shoes. It not only transforms you from the inside by affecting how you feel about yourself but it will make you look more confident on the outside, transforming every single outfit – they’ll be the icing on the cake!

Red Fruits and Vegetables

Red food examples

The phytochemicals in red food are called carotenoids and anthocyanins. One of the most abundant carotenoids is lycopene. Lycopene helps reduce damage from free radicals in your body and it also prevents heart disease, cancer, prostrate problems, and reduces the skin damage from the sun. These red foods help memory function, urinary tract health, and make your heart healthier,

Dressing in Blue

Blue commands authority and trust. Wearing blue creates positivity and tranquility around you. So if you don’t need to wear blue suit to work, then you should have a pair of good quality blue denim jeans in a timeless cut and style. These will work for you at anytime with anyone – every woman needs a pair of jeans she can trust and rely on.

Dressing in Purple

Purple expresses creativity and underlines your individuality. It’s a good alternative to black and navy. Next time you buy a new coat or a dress for special occasion try buying it in purple. It’s a colour which can be worn by everyone no matter what colouring, body shape, age or season we’re in. But it will give your look an individual touch and will help you stand out from the crowd.

Blue/Indigo/Violet Foods

Red food examples

The blue, indigo, and violet foods are great for their anti-aging properties. These foods have tons of antioxidants, which are called anthocyanins and phenolics. They help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great for the heart and can help prevent heart disease. They are also known to help memory function and urinary tract health and to reduce free radical damage.

Dressing in Orange

Carotenoids are the powerful phytochemical in orange foods, and they are what give these foods their colour. Carotenoids repair DNA and help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as strengthening our vision. These orange foods also give us the right amount of vitamin A, which keeps our eyes and skin healthy, and protects against infections. They are also known to boost the immune system. Some of these also cross over with the health benefits of the yellow foods below.

Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Orange food examples

The phytochemicals in red food are called carotenoids and anthocyanins. One of the most abundant carotenoids is lycopene. Lycopene helps reduce damage from free radicals in your body and it also prevents heart disease, cancer, prostrate problems, and reduces the skin damage from the sun. These red foods help memory function, urinary tract health, and make your heart healthier,

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Dressing in Yellow

It is the colour of happiness and injects a taste of summer into any wardrobe, but sometimes we shy away from wearing too much yellow. Many women find it clashes with their skin tone. So, finding the right yellow for your colouring will help to lift your spirits. A spring/summer must have is they yellow cardigan - it will lift your spirit and image and is ideal for any wardrobe combination. If you’re not sure about wearing so much yellow near your face then experiment by wearing smaller amounts e.g. as part of a shirt pattern, a scarf or some jewellery .It always brightens up your complexion and will make you look and feel happy.

Yellow Fruits and Vegetables

Yellow food examples

Yellow foods are high in antioxidants like vitamin C. Vitamin C keeps our teeth and gums healthy, helps to heal cuts, improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease. Some of the darker ones cross over with the health benefits of orange foods.

Dressing in Green

Green conveys freshness and reassurance. Wearing green will reflect imagination and a sense of feeling alive and enjoying it. So, make the most out of it next time you go shopping – find your best shade of green and make it work for you e.g. when choosing an emerald green blouse or teal top or accessorizing your look with lime green jewellery.

Green Fruits and Vegetables

Green food examples

These foods have the phytochemicals sulforaphane and indoles, which both prevent cancer. They are also good for the circulatory system and have good vitamin B and minerals. Green vegetables also help with vision, and with maintaining strong bones and teeth. Some of the yellower green vegetables have carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that help to prevent cataracts and eye disease, as well as osteoporosis.

Dressing in White

Wearing white will always soften your appearance but it is also the colour of purity so it will give your look a kind of “pure feel” but it also works well as a contrasting touch when combined with any other colour. It is the ideal colour to wear in hot climates since it reflects light. So, no woman should be without a good white summer blouse, dress, skirt or trousers. In business every woman should have a couple of good white shirts that suit her body shape and neckline. They are timeless and fantastic investment buys, because they will never go out of fashion when bought in a classic style.

Greenish/White Foods

Greenish/White food examples

The strong phytochemical in these whitish/greenish vegetables is called allicin, and it is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral chemical. Some white foods prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Celery is often dubbed as a useless vegetable because it has no calories, but it does have minerals like good sodium that help keep the joints healthy. Also, the selenium in mushrooms is healthy as well. This group helps maintain low cholesterol levels in your body as well as a healthy heart.

Chart of phytochemicals in each of the food colour categories.

Colour of Fruit And Vegetable Groups Sources of One Or More Of The Following Found In One Or More Of   The Following Foods
Green LUtein,
Zeaxanthin, Vitamin K &?Or Potassium
Turnip, Collard, Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Broccoli, Green peas, Kiwi, Honeydew, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Bok Cho, Arugula, Swiss Chard, Cauliflower, Leafy Greens, Watercress, Endive
Yellow/Orange Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A, Bioflavonoid, Vitamin C, &/Or Potassium Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Cantaloupe, Mangoes, Apricots, Peaches, Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, Tangerines, Clementines, Peaches, Papaya, Nectarines, Pears, Pineapple, Yellow Raisins, Yellow Pepper, Bananas
Red Vitamin C & /Or Anthocyanis Cranberries, Pink grapefruit, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Red Cabbage, Red Pepper, Radishes, Tomatoes, Cherries, Beets, Apples, Red Onion, Kidney Beans, Read Beans
Blue/Purple Anthocyanins, Vitamin C &/Or Phenolics Blueberries, Blackberries, Purple Grapes, Black Currants, Elderberries, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Eggplant
White Allium & Allicin Garlic, Onions, Leeks, Scallions, Chives

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