TOPS #307 31 Aug 2018 Presentation
For more than 4000 years, people have been using color therapy to cure/treat physical and mental health issues. Being non-invasive is a bonus for many who have larger amounts of weight to lose, as it eliminates the need for dangerous surgeries. Colors work on vibrational energy. The energy affects the pituitary gland, which affects the entire metabolism.
As with anything, please consult your doctor before you make any life-altering decisions concerning the treatment of your health. Color therapy has not been studied enough scientifically, but there have been proven results. There is no guarantee it will work for you, but you won’t know if you don’t try.
Have you ever considered the affect your refrigerator light has on your eating habits? The color BLUE is said to help suppress your appetite. Consider changing the light bulb in your refrigerator to an economical blue light.
Other ways to incorporate BLUE into your weight loss regime is to use BLUE dinnerware, or try changing your dining room color scheme to BLUE.
Many of us have a difficult time staying focused on our weight loss and maintaining healthy eating habits. It is thought that wearing YELLOW shaded sunglasses for a half an hour a day will help to enforce your focus on eating healthy. Because of its intensity, YELLOW will also help those of us who might be a bit more sluggish to find the energy we need for a healthy lifestyle.
One of the worst times for losing weight is Fall. It is not clear how many people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It is often called the “winter blues.” Whatever you call it, SAD can be crippling for those trying to lose weight. The basic symptoms of SAD are:
- Depressed mood
- Lack of interest in activities
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping
- Change in appetite
- Feeling irritable
- Inability to concentrate
- Guilt or low self-esteem
- Thoughts of suicide
Some claim that SAD is responsible for an increase in the craving of carbs. One thought is that the lack of sunlight decreases our serotonin levels. There was a time when research thought a bright white light was the best treatment for SAD, but discoveries are leading us in the direction of BLUE light. By increasing the amount of light we get during the SAD season we can fight off the urges to eat.
Another way to use color in your weight loss program is by actually coloring. This simple task serves us well in many ways. First of all, it is a distraction. I personally find that when I color I am less interested in eating. I am so focused on my work that I have even forgotten to eat a meal.
Other benefits from art therapy might include:
- Perception and self – perception-helping to focus on the now and to understand the relationship between our physical body and our emotions
- Personal integration –helps to improve self-image and to understand more deeply our conflicting emotions
- Impulse and emotion control – pretty self-explanatory
- Changes in behavior – helping us to change behaviors directed at ourselves as well as others
- Insight and comprehension – helping to turn non-verbal emotions into actual words
I’ve saved the color RED for last because there is confusion among researchers as to how this colors actually affects us. Some say RED helps reduce the appetite, but I, and many others, believe the opposite. RED is a stimulating color, making it a prime choice for restaurant owners to use in their marketing. If you look at the line of fast food joints who implement this color, I think you will agree. Who doesn’t get a twinge of hunger when they see a giant sign for:
- Kentucky Fried Chicken
- Bob Evans
- Pizza Hut
- Dairy Queen
- Burger King
- Pizza Hut
Are you seeing a pattern? These places have used the STOP mentality by incorporating RED into their signage and marketing. When we see these signs, our minds, that have been trained by RED STOP signs, tell us to STOP. We know that what we will find inside those doors will be unhealthy, bad for our overall weight, and probably not satisfying, but we will go in anyways. The key to this is STOP. Red may be the color of passion, but it is not in our best interest to be so passionate about food.