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Learn how a Colorful Meal this Thanksgiving brings Balanced Nutrition

We at Acupuncture Center Inc wish you a tasty Thanksgiving!

May your feast be balanced with the five main colors and five flavors.  The pigments and flavors are rich in vital nutrients for your body.  You can be sure your getting all the nutrition you need.  

Using Colors of Food for optimal nutrition-one of the most important ways to use color!

Chinese Medicine is known for balancing the five-elements of nature.  These five-elements are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.  Each has a color associated with it along with organs and glands.

The following is an excerpt from my book, Ancient Healing for Modern People: Food, Herbs & Essential Oils to Rejuvenate the Body, Mind & Soul.

Five Colors of Food

Greens, reds, oranges-yellows, whites (including beiges-tans), dark colors (purple, blue, browns, blacks).

Some examples are listed below.  Of course, this list is not exhaustive, it just gives you the idea.


Rich in Vitamin K, C, and E, phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, Chlorophyll; Reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, normalize digestion time, support retinal health and vision, fight harmful free-radicals, and boost immune system activity.

Avocados, Asparagus, Green apples, Broccoli, Collard greens, Green beans, Green peas, Kale, Lettuces

Limes, Spinach, Mustard greens.


Rich in antioxidants lycopene and anthocyanins; Reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support joint tissue in arthritis.

Beets, Red peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Ahi tuna (ahi is red in color to yellow or Bluefin tuna, which are pale in color), Radishes, Red apples, Red Onion, Cherries, Raspberries, Red dates, Red plums, Watermelon, Red grapes.

Yellows and Oranges

Rich in beta-carotene and antioxidant folate; Reduce age-related macular degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones.

Apricots, Millet, Oranges, Carrots, Lemons, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Pumpkin, Sweet potato, Yams, Winter squash, Yellow squash, Yellow peppers, Yellow tomatoes.

Whites, Tans, Beiges

High in dietary fiber, antioxidant-rich flavonoids, such as quercetin, lignans; Activate natural killer B and T cells, immune boost, reduce the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers, and balance hormone levels, reducing the risk of hormone-related cancers.

Rice, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Turkey, Egg white, White potato, Onion, Water chest-nuts, White fish, Turnip, Parsnips, Apples, Pears, white nectarines, white peaches, white corn, Bananas, mushrooms, garlic, ginger.


Rich in anthocyanins, natural plant pigments, and flavonoids and ellagic acid, resveratrol; Supports retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells.

Black beans, Black berries, Black sesame seeds, Blue berries, Coffee, Kelp, Soy, Eggplant, Raisins, Prunes, Purple Grapes, Plums. 

Other Sources

Gianni, Ann Marie. 2018, March 13. 20 Ways to Use Color Therapy to Improve Your Life.


Starwynn, Darren, O.M.D. 2013. Healing the Root of Pain: A Non-Drug Solution for Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Pain Using the Power of Vibrational Medicine. Desert Heart press. Phoenix, Az.

You can learn more from my book, Ancient Healing for Modern People: Food, Herbs & Essential Oils to Rejuvenate the Body, Mind & Soul.

Order from or Amazon.


Happy Thanksgiving

Dr. Michele Arnold and Dr. Tracey Whitney


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