This article is part of the SoleHealing Fundamentals series.
Natural Building Blocks
The body needs a continuous flow of delicious nourishment. This is achieved through breath, water and natural food sources. The highest regard you can have for your body is to give it these three natural building blocks. From there the body can do the majority of its work on its own. With these three essentials, all systems self regulate and function in their own unique and orderly way. This allows the natural rhythm that is essential for the harmonious resilience of the cellular structures.
Food as Energetics not Therapeutics
The best food will always be food. But isn’t all food, food? Not really. Food is a natural substance not a manufactured one. Food is really a single ingredient: an avocado, an egg, a carrot, an apple. It is what it is, a genuine food article that has a resonant property of its own without the distortion of a manufacturing process. You can combine your food ingredients and it’s still a food. In terms of resonance, vibrance and vitality, a homemade cookie has more resonance and vibrancy, where a processed one is more inert and dull.
Processed food causes ageing because it doesn’t have the enzymatic dynamics of living cellular structures. This is an important understanding. Certainly, there is a convenience that a person with a busy lifestyle may have with processed foods. And heck, there is also enjoyment; I love a Bologna sandwich on white bread with mayo and I am going to eat one from time to time.
There is however, a need to understand that your body requires resonance and that resonance is delivered best through natural food choices. Choosing your food based on these SoleHealing insights is about contributing a factor of resonance to your system to give it an energetic boost.
So, on the day that I decide to eat a Bologna sandwich, I am also going to eat a handful of cherry tomatoes or berries, any choice of food that matches the colour wheel so that I am contributing a level of vibrance, vitality and resonance to my meal.
Evaluating Food Criteria
Vitality and Vibrancy
When making your food choices, consider the level of vitality that your food reflects. Did it grow? Does it have vibrancy? Or, is it from a box and essentially inert? If you are feeling low energy and sluggish, definitely eat some of the food from the SoleHealing colour wheel.
If you are experiencing a dullness of feeling, that feeling of dullness will continue if there is a lack of vibrancy in your diet.
Remember: You have to use energetic tools to fix an energetic system.Dr. Janice Brown D.Ac.
Some tips, making the Vibrant Food Framework work for you
Regular amounts at regular intervals. This is creating a level of duration that your body experiences as qualities of vitality.
Include food choices from the SoleHealing colour wheel with your snacks and meals throughout the day. In general terms, you are looking to incorporate as many colours from the SoleHealing Colour Wheel as you can with each meal in an enjoyable and playful way.
- How much of my food colour should I include? If there is a particular area of importance, begin with a serving size 3 times a day for at least 3 weeks. You are looking for a level of duration over a 6 week period.
- There are specific approaches to dealing with various conditions of health.
- This article however, is related to the Fundamentals of the SoleHealing Protocols, the Fundamentals are applicable to everyone.
- In the Fundamentals, the goal is to feel better. Feel better emotionally, mentally and physically.
- To begin with, it is recommended that you start with a lighter version of the colours in the colour wheel and when you get where you are feeling comfortable and fulfilled, anchor with a solid colour.
This is an exploration of the most powerful foods for you to eat.
For example: when you begin to explore this idea, begin with more subtle versions of the colour, try an avocado shade for three weeks and then a dark rich colour for three weeks like broccoli or kale.
When you begin exploring with shades of colour in food, consider that these are subtle variations that you are incorporating into your palate. Then as you begin advancing in personal transformation really bring the team home with the heavy hitters like the dark pigmented fruits and the purely identifiable shades of red, green and blue.
But for the meantime vary the colour wheel in a variety of shades.
How you feel about what you eat is as important as what you eat.
How do you feel about what you are eating? Do you feel enthusiastic, anticipating the deliciousness? Or are you dreading the texture and cringing at the taste but eating it anyways because it’s ‘good’ for you? If that’s how you feel, eat something different with the same energetic qualities (this just means choose a different food with the same colour). So, if you don’t like avocados, try a kiwi. If you don’t like oranges, maybe a peach is exactly what your body is craving.
There is zero benefit to you for sustainable results if you have displeasure about the food you are eating.
If you are really struggling with your health, simplify your food framework, give your body less variables to sort through. Really listen to what your body wants to eat and eat that. I’ve eaten six or seven apples in a day and only the apples when my body craved that food. And that was all that was needed to right the system, not a perpetual diet determined by a certain caloric or chemical measure.
Balance doesn’t exist in measured portions; it exists in need and requirement.Dr. Janice Brown D.Ac.
A healing dynamic will frontline certain needs.
You must listen to what your body is saying, not what your mind is dictating. Your body is only in awareness of what it needs right now, so that meal plan you created on the weekend may have no bearing on what your body’s natural requirement is right now.
Plating food with Intention
The recommendations don’t have to be the theme of your meals, just incorporated into your daily consumption. Here are some pictures of what it looks like to incorporate red, green, white and yellow into different meals.
- Try a side dish, a mango salsa to eat as is or with fish, eggs or any way that inspires you. (yellow, white, red, green)
- Make a smoothie for breakfast. (yellow, white, green)
- An omelet with some heavy hitter colours as a side dish. (yellow, white, red, green, black, pink…pepper and Himalayan salt)
- A roast chicken sandwich with some colour and texture. (red, white, green, pink…the chicken even though the colour changes when it is cooked, black and pink seasonings)
- A beef taco, with guacamole, sour cream, orange and yellow peppers, squeeze of lemon spinach and cilantro. (red meat, red orange, yellow, green, white)
- A hit of vibrant veggies as a side dish with any meal. (red, yellow, orange peppers and green asparagus)
Share a recipe in our “sharing zone” that someone else can appreciate, sharing your excitement brings vitality and joy to the process and to you in general.
Some recipes require food broken down into bits and pieces, for example, egg whites or the just the yolks. This works wonderfully for certain recipes, or satisfying cravings etc. just remember that food is a whole component and delivery of all the elements of the food you are eating brings you the most healing benefit.
Consider that like your body, every food has a perfect place of dynamic balance and when you strip it apart you are not bringing the full benefits of the balance into your system. In time you may find that foods you had a sensitivity or intolerance to, were that way because they were not delivered to your system in balance. As balance meets balance, there will be new understandings of your body in a state of fundamental health.
**NOTE** if you are not in place of fundamental health, then the time for exploring food sensitivities is not now. There are multitudes of tests that have been designed to track this type of data and which you have probably already participated. You will know when the time is right to retest and verify.
Sneaking in your Colours
I have a food fussy child who is not a fan of vegetables, but I still sneak in some beautiful colours in disguise by very finely grating them and tucking them into sauces and sometimes soups.
I will also cook my white rice with the water that has been used to boil corn or other vegetables.
Be creative and playful and see what ideas you can come up with.
Eat for your Genetic Heritage
When choosing foods based on the SoleHealing colour wheel, try to choose some foods that are common to your ancestral heritage. Your body has a special resonant relationship to foods that are common to the geographical region of your heritage.
For example, I was born in Canada and my ancestral heritage comes primarily form Britain and Europe. If I require yellow as a food source, then corn, a yam or a handful of fresh sunflower seeds would serve me better than a mango or pineapple. This summer, I was chatting with a friend and learned that haskap berries are native to northern boreal forests and grow in circumpolar northern climates, if this aligns to your genetic profile this profile of purple/blue resonance would serve you better than it would an individual from an equatorial region.
Genetics are a kind of tumbler lock of experience. They are certainly aligned to your physical form, and one of the most powerful options you have to keep your form in an expression of fundamental health is by being in resonance with your own personal formation. This is the aspect of ‘tuning your instrument’ that we have spoken of previously. This is the gift of SoleHealing, it is only about you. You and your personal resonant structure.
What colour is it?
You can consider that any food that has a skin (whether you eat it or not) also contributes that colour resonance to the food that is ingested, so a banana is yellow and white.
A plum with blue/purple skin and yellow flesh is contributing both colours to your resonance needs.
A sunflower seed is black and white and grey (and yellow).
If you see it, you’re ingesting it. Even some colours you don’t see you are ingesting, like the sunflower seed carries the resonance from the yellow of the sunflower that it grew with, this is considered a complimentary colour.
Let’s look at a watermelon. If you are eating a piece of watermelon, then you are definitely eating the FUNDAMENTAL red/pink colours of the SoleHealing Colour Wheel through the ingestion of the fleshy pink mesocarp.
You may also be ingesting black and white from the seeds and white/pale green from the endocarp and dark green from the rind or exocarp. The white/pale green/dark green colours would be considered COMPLIMENTARY colours. They are contributing to the resonance but they are not the dominant resonant signature of that food source.
Hunger exists because there is a decline in the quality and the presence of nourishment that exists. Nourishment comes from many sources: healthy water, clean air, and obviously healthy food. Keep in mind that thirst is often disguised as hunger.
It is easiest for the body to retrieve available nutrients through a liquid medium, drinking water with your meals creates a digestive slurry that greatly benefits the entire system.
As mentioned previously in the colours of the SoleHealing Colour Wheel article, if we are reliant on brown foods as a dietary staple, in order to meet our resonance requirements for health we have a dependance on bulk to achieve any level of resonance at all. You will need to eat much more of a brown food to get the nourishment requirements of the body.
So, as you begin eating for resonance you will find that your state of hunger and satiation alters.
Gratitude for your Food
The food that you eat is not only a fuel, it becomes a part of you. Showing thankfulness and gratitude for the food that you are about to eat is a way of recognising the wonderful contribution food makes in your life. This is the purpose of grace before meals to meet the needs of the body through the sustenance that is placed within; whether this is part of your personal, cultural or religious upbringing or not, saying thank you is a powerful resonance tool.
ACTION: Get playful with food choices.
Have a look at the SoleHealing Colour Wheel colours and see where you can add more into your daily choices. You’re going to be starting with paler versions of the colours: red, pink, blue, green, purple and yellow. To soften these colours incorporate whites and also add sprinklings of grey/silver and black for dimension.
Remember, duration of resonance is key. Try to eat a resonant form of food 3 times a day for at least 6 weeks. Nothing breaks or stops if you miss a meal or a day or two, but it is a cumulative effect to acquire the benefits of resonance directed towards fundamental health. So just eat your colours and paint your insides fun!Dr. Janice Brown, D.Ac.
This article is part of the SoleHealing Fundamentals series.
Author: Dr. Janice Brown, D.Ac.
Dr. Janice is a Doctor of Acupuncture, SolePath Certified Mentor and is the author of the SoleHealing Protocols. She has a clinical focus on helping people embrace their true nature and self through emotional and mental awareness and a little acupuncture persuasion. Dr. Janice’s SolePath is Spiritual Warrior and Intellectual Lateral Thinker. It is this SolePath that allows her to convey the protocols for the SoleHealing body of work in a practical way. She has a clinical practice in Calgary, Alberta, CANADA.