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Green is where the Heart Is for October 10, 2012

“Why is there no blue food? I can't find blue food - I can't find the flavor of blue! I mean, green is lime; yellow is lemon; orange is orange; red is cherry; what's blue? There's no blue!” ~George Carlin

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

When I was a child my parents had a restaurant where a ‘blue plate’ special would be offered daily. 
Most people do not realize that the color blue discourages eating.  
Some restaurants offered this special as “all you can eat” and the joke was on the consumer because appetites diminish while using a blue (colored) plate.
You may think I am making up this bit of trivia, but it was brought to my attention in my doctor’s office.  A video explaining how certain colored plates, placemats and tablecloths affected eating habits played on a loop as I waited.  I have suggested this as a feng shui cure when helping clients change habits connected with overeating. 
We are genetically programmed to avoid blue foods and with the exception of blueberries and blue potatoes there are not that many to choose from that are good for you.  Our ancestors developed this resistance when they were hunters and gatherers, as poisonous foods may have been blue or black and therefore we learned to stay away from them.   A recent study by Gary Blumenthal of International Food Strategies shows that cakes with blue icing were perceived as the least desirable. 
The bees in France must not have gotten this memo. 
According to the French newspaper Le Monde, bees in the French town of Ribeauville in Alsace have been returning to their hives with “strange  products colored blue and green and sometimes brown chocolate” and producing — quelle horreur — blue and green honey. Beekeepers have been baffled. 
Blue honey???   They have deduced that the weather has affected the ability of these bees to forage under natural circumstances causing these resourceful creatures determined to find what they need. 
Agrivalor, a biogas plant which converts organic waste from kitchens and also agribusinesses into energy was a gold mine for the bees….or should I say ‘blue’ mine.  Apparently the bees found the waste produced from M&M’s and foraged on this sugary residue, which brought the unusual colors back to the honey making hives. This is such a perfect example of how we are all connected. The Mars company itself had “no immediate comment,” says Reuters.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.