The Perfect 2006 Resolution
- New Year's Resolution: Eat More Rainbows
Your new year's resolution should be to eat one more
rainbow each day than you did last year. Legend suggests
that a pot of gold can be found at the end of each rainbow.
That treasure can be cashed in to preserve your good
health and ward off future disease.
Society considers that which is white, to be pure.
Such a belief can be deceptive. By shining white light
through a prism, one is instantly blessed with the
hidden beauty and complex nature of our universe. A
pure white beam of light reveals its inner essense.
Most people can name the seven visible colors of the
rainbow's spectrum. Violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow,
orange, and red. Of course, there are two other colors,
often forgotten, but always present, ultraviolet and infra-
Animals and insects feel these colors. Plants sense them
too. While we lack the same receptors and are blind to their
existance, our handicap cannot negate their influence.
The ultras and infras of plants are magical substances,
indeed! They include plant chemicals, or phyto chemicals,
such as isoflavones and bioflavinoids. Science teaches us
that plants protect themselves from attack with their own
secretions and chemical messengers. Vegetables repel insects
who would eat them, and blossoms attract other insects with
a perfume so that their pollens can be spread and their
species self-propagate. Plants protect themselves from too
much heat, or cold, or wind, or too much moisture,
maintaining their own good health with their specialized
hormones. Plants can cure their own sicknesses and cancers
by secreting and bathing themselves with these enchanted
When we eat the plants, we are similarly protected. Modern
science has confirmed the centuries-old traditions and lore
from cultures that refined the sacred techniques of using
foods as medicine. We have often heart that "an apple a
day keeps the doctor away." Such wisdom!
Today's Perfect Rainbow
Eat foods of color. The perfect color can be found right in
the middle of our rainbow, the color green.
Eat green for wellness.
In the 1980s, scientists first began to explore how
phytochemicals prevent cancers. A great amount of emphasis
was placed upon the fruits and vegetables that contain
vibrant colors. The best known of these wonder drugs was
recognized as beta carotene. That's what gives carrots their
bright orange hue.
In the 1990s, scientists at the University of Minnesota
(Steinmetz, et. al.) categorized different groups of fruits
and vegetables demonstrating life giving, disease fighting
qualities. In doing so, they defined some of those magic
colors, and the phytochemicals so contained within those
The violet, indigo and blues of the plant kingdom include
phenols and dithiolthiolnines contained in eggplant,
cruciferous vegetables, grapes, plums, and grains.
Eat onions and shallots, leeks, scallions and garlic for
cancer-fighting alliums. Those green leafy vegetables
contain flavonoids, and inositol is found in beans. Green
fruits and veggies contain phenols, and plant sterols,
protease inhibitors and saponins.
Yellow limonines contained in citrus fruit and squash have
also been identified as cancer fighters, as have the orange
carotines in carrots, and my all-time favorite vitamin pill,
the cantaloupe. Balancing out the rainbow's spectrum would
be the red phenols in peppers, radishes, and tomatoes.
Tens of thousands of unique substances have been identified,
and there are still plant hormones and enzymes yet to be
Remarkably, the one plant containing the greatest amount of
these wonderful phytochemicals is the soybean. The tiny
soybean contains coumarins, flavonoids, inositol, isoflavones,
lignans, phenols, plant sterols, protease inhibitors,
saponins, and Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils.
So, on new year's eve, visit your local produce store
and treat yourself and family to a rainbow. Make this a
daily tradition never to be broken.