Color therapy is becoming more and more popular as a mood manipulator, and it turns out that the color blue is best for suppressing the appetite. The theory behind this is that blue is a color very rarely seen in edible foods. While there are a few blue foods such as blueberries, most foods with blue pigments are closer to purple or black, rather than blue. Because the brain associates the look of food with the taste of food, and blue is not associated with many different tastes, blue doesn’t excite a reaction the way another color would. So, using the color blue in your diet may help you to eat less. While incorporating the color blue into your diet might seem difficult at first, in fact it can be easy and fun.
1. Use Blue Food Grade Dyes
Many of the foods we eat are a light color and can easily be dyed blue. Rice or noodles in particular, being starchy foods, could benefit from blue food coloring. Reducing your intake of this type of food can help to maintain insulin levels, and help to prevent diabetes as well as reducing weight. While the food dye in the baking section should be safe in reasonable amounts, for a more natural coloring, try boiling red cabbage until it turns a dark green, then reserving the boiling water. The water should make a natural blue dye.
2. Use a Blue Light Bulb
Novelty light bulbs can be found at your local department store. Rather than dye each foodstuff individually, why not change the light bulb and color them all at once? This is particularly effective when using white tablecloths and plates. You might also try using a blue light in the fridge to help reduce late night cravings.
3. Use Blue Plates and Settings
If you don’t want to try a light bulb, you could try to use all blue plates, cups and settings. Blue plates may fool the eye into thinking the food includes blue coloring as well, thus helping to reduce your appetite. Remember that brown, green and red are the colors most appetizing to the human mind, so try to avoid these to help with appetite suppression.
4. Include Blueberries
Blueberries are highly nutritious, and any diet would benefit from their inclusion. They are rich in anthocyanin, which is a potent antioxidant that may help to prevent cancer. They also include other phytochemicals which may have health benefits such as fighting Alzheimer’s Disease. But, they are also a vibrant blue, and so adding them to smoothies, yogurt and light colored desserts, particularly if they are are blended in, could help to change the color and appeal of the food. Another berry that could help like this is blackcurrants, which are also an excellent source of vitamin C.
While color theory may seem far fetched, scientific studies have shown that different colors have definite effects on people. So, using these effects to your advantage makes sense, particularly when there is no harm in adding a little blue to your diet.