The Red Light Blue Light Diet

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I have spent most of my life trying to find the perfect diet for myself but it definitely doesn’t exist.

So I started to study the eating habits of myself, my son and my husband. My son is  a ‘red light’ person, I am ‘a blue light’ person and my husband is a ‘mixed red and blue light’ person.

What is a Red Light Person?

Usually people who perceive more red light than blue light in the atmosphere are practical, logical people. They like to understand how things work. They like to use their head and sometimes forget to come from a heart place. They see the world in black and white and are quick to find solutions to problems.  They can be quite un- grounded people without the mix of blue.

What is a Blue Light Person?

Usually people who perceive more blue light than red light are intuitive people who have a creative temperament. They enjoy ideas and feelings without always feeling the need to understand everything. They are very heart and feeling centred and don’t feel so comfortable using the logical analytical part of their brain unless there is some emotional connection. They see the world in multi colour and are more interested in making connections between ideas, thoughts and feelings than in finding solutions. They can be quite ungrounded people without the mix of red.

My Family

Me

I am definitely more of a blue light person most of the time. I have my head in the clouds thinking bizarre and crazy thoughts like this post!

My Diet

I need to eat food that calms my zingy energy.

I eat sourdough bread which feels so calming to my gut. I eat dark chocolate which feels so soothing to my soul! I do watch my fructans and eat only vegetables that feel right for me. I eat sheep’s cheese that again feels more calming than cows dairy. I only eat a little cooked fruit (like orange in a beef stir-fry) I don’t eat raw fruit because it feels too energetic. I can feel it right through my body to my toes but it is not a good feeling after the initial euphoria and it seems to disturb my system. The only raw veg I eat are leaves sometimes. I find meat and fish fine to digest but don’t really do nuts and pulses. I eat oats in oat biscuits but don’t have any other cake or biscuits as the sugar feels too much for my sensitive system. I drink a little juice – again for my soul! I like crunchy food most of the time but when I perceive the light as more red I do start to crave softer food.

My Son

My son is definitely a red light person most of the time. He likes to think logically and rationally and likes to find right answers to things.

My Son’s Diet

My son needs to eat food to stimulate his energy but not overstimulate it. It has a ‘neutralising feel to it’

He finds sourdough bread has a sleepy energy and prefers ‘normal’ wheat bread. He also like gluten free grains – rice-cakes and corn-cakes and tortilla chips. He doesn’t like chocolate or sweets! He also has to watch his fructans and doesn’t get on well with much sugar. All dairy feels ‘wrong’ for his gut and he is a soy boy (!) favouring soya milk and yoghurt. Fruit seems to upset his sensitive gut too and he has to choose his vegetables carefully. He is fine digesting meat and fish and possibly nuts. He likes hotter softer food like rice and oat porridge and he also likes really meaty soups like oxtail. He eats softer food most of the year and very rarely craves crunchy food.

My Husband

My husband is a mixed red light and blue light person. He is very grounded and practical. He is also very much an ideas person liking to think outside of the box.

My Husband’s Diet

He will pretty well eat anything on any day at any time of the year. He will eat ‘normal’ wheat bread and sourdough. He likes chocolate in small quantities which would not constitute a craving. He eats any dairy, all fruit, all vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, pulses, biscuits and cake! He will be happy eating salad in the winter or a curry in summer or a pasty on any day of the year! He has his preferences but he is not disturbed or stimulated by food in the same way as me and my son are.

So that is the story of our family’s diet. You can imagine how complicated it is trying to plan meals every week!

How about you? Do you think you are more of a blue light person or a red light person? Or are you a mixture? If you notice any interesting things about your food choices I would love to hear from you.

To read more about my theories of how we perceive coloured light-waves and about how this experience affects us in our daily living please see my book:

‘I Can’t Sit on That Red Chair – The Relationship Between Sensory Processing Difficulties and colour Sensitivity’

No Tomatoes in Late May Please!

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How the light is every day changes my taste, my desire to eat certain textures and also temperature.

At some point in May I always see a burst of more red light. As the light is quite bright I already see the medium and higher light-waves more strongly so the light can appear more balanced to me until the blue starts to dominate in June and the red drops off again.

Seeing the nice red light yesterday I thought “Yum, I can eat tomatoes today!” I looked at the tomatoes and the red appeared fine. I cut the tomatoes and put some olive oil and seasoning on as I usually do and the tomatoes didn’t appear so fine. They seemed to be jumping off the plate with energy! I gave them a good hard stare and thought “Hmm, is this energy I want in myself?” I looked at the other things on my plate – the marinaded pork and new potatoes and thought how calm they looked.  “Are they boringly calm?” I thought ” Could I spice things up a bit with the very energetic tomatoes?” “Could I blend the energies?” Well, I gave it a try – but unfortunately to my peril!!

An hour or so later I had that bloated feeling that I might get if I had yeast or too much sugar. Now I know tomatoes could have mold on them but somehow I knew it was the energy. It was not a match for me. I had no other gut symptoms but I did have a headache. I had felt similar to when the postman turns up in her orange high viz jacket. Something pulls me to look at the brightness but I know it is not a match so I hide my eyes. Well, I should have left the tomatoes in the fridge and saved myself some pain and angst but it is a long learning curve when it comes to energy and food.

As if it is not enough to have to eat by colour and texture!  Oh no – I need to eat by energy as well and especially as we approach the middle of summer when the light is at its brightest.

So what are you eating this summer? Can you see the energy of your food or can your sensitive child? Is the energy a match or is it a mismatch? 

Highly Sensitives – Your Answers are in the Lightwaves!

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Because I understand my relationship with the light, I know everything I need to know about my sensitive self in every moment of every day.

I know:-

What colour to wear

What food to eat

What sounds to listen to or avoid

What textures to enjoy or avoid

Where to go

Who to spend time with or not spend time with

What to do or not do

And that is an amazing way to live

Go on – become a Lightwatcher!

 

 

The Violet Light

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The Violet Light

 

February and the violet light wakes

And the light suddenly feels very bright.

March and the light is even brighter,

Meaning red and orange is back on my spectrum,

Softening the violet and blue.

 

April and moving lighter still,

Yellow and green come into their own

But red and orange are starting to fade

As blue and violet get stronger each day.

 

May and the light is nearly at its brightest.

All the colours of the spectrum seem to dance.

And then comes June with its predominance of blue

Which washes out some of the beautiful colours.

 

July and we are coming back down in brightness again

But the violet light can be very bright.

August and I start to see red,

The blue starts to fade and the violet light with it.

 

By September the world is appearing more red,

There’s a shortage of yellow and green.

In October the light has become dimmer

And yellow has reappeared but with a very reddish tinge.

 

In November there is a burst of blue

As the light is becoming dimmer.

And in December and January the red is back

The light feels heavy, red and orange.

Yellow is in short supply.

 

And then it is February and the bright violet light wakes . . .

And we start all over again!

 

March 2019 – Important Lightwatcher Story

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I understand Spring is a common season for people to suffer with depression. You look outside and think how the days are getting longer and light brighter but you just don’t feel ‘happy’.

From my experience there is a lot of undulation around how much yellow light we perceive in the early Spring. One minute the blue light is bright enough for us to perceive more yellow light and the next it isn’t.  I find sometimes the sky looks slightly turquoise in the spring because I am picking up green (next to blue in the spectrum) but not so much yellow. (one colour down from green on the spectrum). When I pick up less yellow I find my mood goes down and I don’t feel so connected to my feelings, the people around me and the world.

I can also perceive less yellow in November and/or December but because there is a lot of red around I don’t seem to feel so detached. Red is a grounding light.

What to Do.

Find things that help you feel more connected. I find it is a good time to sort out the family videos and look back on happy memories.

Stay with positive feelings and input if you can. It is not good time to watch a really sad drama on TV!

Know that the feelings of detachment will pass and you will feel your lovely feelings of attachment again.

 

Autism Mis-diagnosed – Could it be Colour Sensitivity?

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My son is 11 and has a lot of sensory processing issues, his most challenging ones being visual and sound.  When we go to see doctors, paediatricians and occupational therapists no-one knows how to help us. They don’t seem to have seen this type of sensitivity before (especially the visual processing) and they don’t seem to have seen sensitivity outside of autism.

So . . . where do they refer us? Autism testing.

I told my son about the assessment and he was quite indignant that he didn’t want to be mis-diagnosed as having autism and so he he wrote a letter to the doctor.

Dear Dr,

I am Luca and I am 11. I have an appointment to come and see you and Mum and Dad say it is about behaviour and autism.

I don’t think it will help me to come to be assessed because I think lots of people are being mis-diagnosed with autism when really they are colour sensitive.

I am sensitive to colour and pattern. I see colour and pattern different to other people. And it makes my brain do funny things. I can’t think very straight when I am in a room of a particular colour. And when people show me things on paper or on the screen I might not be able to process them. Or when people ask me questions I might not feel well enough or have enough energy to answer them. I don’t even like looking at people’s faces much or do eye contact because of the colour and patterns on people’s faces.

When I am in a room of the right colour which is really a type of white, I can concentrate much better but I might still struggle if the light outside doesn’t feel right for me or if it is sunny or if there is a blue sky.

When I go for appointments to see doctors I feel like I can’t really be me. My Mum has to speak for me and I feel trapped by the colours in the room and on people’s clothes. I can’t really show people who I am.

I don’t really mind being assessed for behaviour things or autism but I am not happy to be assessed in a place that is not right for me and then get mis-diagnosed. I feel at my best in December when the light is dim, after dark and in my house which is all neutral colours and patterns.

My Mum helped me write this letter because of my processing problem.

I hope you understand and take me seriously,

Luca

 

Why Visionaries Don’t Have Friends – Just Meaningful Encounters

 

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We’re not good every day givers as we are always saving some of our energy for our big plan – our vision

The muse might turn up and tell us to do something, say something or go somewhere which is tricky when you have arranged a coffee with someone and are required to do chit chat!

We tend to be one tracked. We don’t have that much energy to talk about things that are not in some way related to our vision.

We’re not good at hanging out OUT as we tend to be sensitive to everything. Take us out to a shopping mall and all the sights, sounds and smells will quickly become too much. Take us out for a walk and we may find the place too lonely or not like the sound of the wind! Yes, it can be that difficult!

Intensity is our only state and we are only really happy if we feel a lot of energy in a conversation or an activity. Once we feel the energy go down we are miserable and just want out!

So all in all we’re not too good at friendship. People can be intrigued by us for a while but when all the above kicks in we don’t see them for dust!

However we are excellent at meaningful encounters.

 

 

Colour Sensitivity – Lightwatcher Story – 27th Dec 2018

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Wow – the fog today!

Here in Somerset UK this is what it is like outside my window. My 11 year old son kindly took this photo for me with his new action camera.

Although it is thick cloud, the light appears almost luminescent and violet. It reminds me a bit of the feeling I have when we have frost or snow. There is a powerful sense of white. And all the blues and violets around me feel very strong – as if there is too much energy in them.

How you might feel:

Full of ideas but finding it hard to formulate them.

Full of energy but struggling to find what to put it into.

My suggestion:

Stay close to community whether that is family or the larger community.

Enjoy your powerful feelings even though it may feel difficult to harness them and utilise them.

Trust in your connection with God, yourself and all things and don’t  worry about your fuzzy brain!

 

 

 

Sensory Processing Disorder – There may be no diagnosis but it is Real!

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Today I needed to book an appointment for my son to see a dietician. When I realised that I had to go to floor 10 – the top floor of our local hospital – I broke down into tears.

Last time I had to go to the top floor of the hospital  I used the stairs because I don’t like lifts. As my husband and son needed to use the lift I asked someone to accompany me but I didn’t feel they understood my anxiety which made me feel worse.  

And what was my anxiety that day?  Was it the about light? Was it about the colour? Was it the echo of people’s feet and voices down the stairwell? Was it the feel of the cold hard walls? Was it the feeling of turning round and round too often for my brain? 

Or was it all of these mixed together and compacted into one big package of extreme sensory overload?

I think it was and this is why the memory of this day made me cry.

I wanted a way out so I asked my son how he felt about going back to the hospital? I was secretly hoping for an “I’m not going back to that place!” but instead he said “Oh yes, I think it will be fine.” Now I was on my own. I couldn’t phone up the hospital and say that my son had anxiety and needed help. I would have to own my anxiety.

After much procrastination I took the bull by the horns and phoned the dietician back and said those liberating words “I have a processing problem.” I explained I didn’t like lifts or stairs. The dietician was fine about this, even though I detected faint surprise in her voice! She simply said she would refer us to the community dietician who could visit us at home or a GP’s surgery

I felt 10 feet tall. I had faced my greatest fear and admitted my greatest need. I didn’t feel silly. After all who can say how the brain of another person makes them feel when they are on the 10th floor of a building? Who? Nobody.

So next time you don’t want to look silly and admit your greatest need, remember not to use anyone else as an excuse, to be brave and stand up for the hidden no-diagnosis condition which is Sensory Processing Disorder!