Friday, March 6, 2009

The Colour Blue

Oil on Canvas
by Melissa March

Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color of the sky and ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives, and there for is recognized as calming and relaxing to many of us.

In addition to these common traits, the colour Blue has some other interesting effects on the body.

Blue acts as an appetite suppressant.

It is believed that this is the case, because blue food rarely occurs in nature (blueberries and a few varieties of blue-purple potatoes being the exception). Because of this, blue registers with a more primal aspect of ourselves as a potential warning sign that a food may be dangerous or poison, therefore making the combination of blue and food less appetizing than some other colours.

If you want to reduce your late night snacking try putting a blue light in your fridge, or try eating off a blue plate if you would like to feel satisfied with smaller portions. Some diet experts even suggest that you may benefit from putting a blue bulb in your dinning area.

You might also try painting the walls in your dinning room blue, or hanging art that has blue as a predominant colour within your line of sight.

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