You’re probably already familiar with the phrase “eat the rainbow.” But have you heard about the rainbow diet? Here’s a beginner’s guide to this eating plan that combines nutrition with spiritual healing.
So, what is it? Created by nutritionist Dr. Deanna Minich, the rainbow diet is “a colorful, intelligent and intuitive system for putting together your eating and living in a holistic way that brings you vitality, energy and peace of mind.”
Sounds great. And how does it work? Well, that’s the thing—it’s not exactly a one-size-fits-all approach. The diet promotes “colorful whole foods and natural supplements” and advocates the benefits of eating a variety of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables. But exactly what foods you should eat depends on which of the seven health systems you’re working on.
What do you mean by “health systems?” According to Minich (who says she uses East Indian and ancient traditions as a framework), there are seven systems that represent all of the organs throughout the body, and each system corresponds to a color of the rainbow. For example, the “fire system” governs your digestive system and includes your stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, liver and small intestine. To nourish it, you should eat yellow foods like bananas, ginger, lemons and pineapple. The “truth system” is positioned in the adrenal glands and corresponds to the color red (i.e., foods like grapefruit, beets, cherries, tomatoes and watermelon).