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Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light

Posted by terrepruitt on December 16, 2010

I had a friend visiting from Colorado that actually came to one of my Nia classes this week. I am so blessed to have friends that come to my class when they are visiting California. So many of my friends have moved from the Bay Area so when they come visit they often have a list of people to visit so I am always very grateful when they take time out of the schedule to come to a Nia class. After Nia we went out to breakfast in Willow Glen.  My friend was telling me that she had employed a Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light tactic for her children in regards to food. Instead of saying “bad food”, she uses the lights. I love that. I told her I was going to use it for a blog post and she told me who she actually got it from, but I forgot. My mind was already racing—GREEN LIGHT!

She used “Red” as treat food; hot dogs at a summer cookout, cup cakes at a birthday party, food that is served on special occasions. I would imagine that red could be used for foods you don’t eat at all. I think that the method is awesome and it can be tailored to fit the family, individual. I just like it instead of saying the food is “bad” or I was bad. I could say, “Oh, I had some red light food.” The idea for the red light is to stop and think before you proceed.

Yellow is food you eat but with caution. You might have it more often than a red light food, but it is still not the food you eat freely.

After I started typing this I looked up “red light food” and I see that on one site someone mentions Weight Watchers doing the red light food, I see on another site that it has been attributed to a Lola O’Rourke (“of the American Dietetic Association”). I am seeing a lot of different ways to design it and — as with anything — it should be tailored to your own individual needs. But it can be a useful tool in how you think about what you are eating.

Red light foods would be sweets, treats, cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, soda, maybe even cheese and dairy (depends on the needs of the individual). Yellow light food could be healthy fats. Even though they are healthy we don’t want to consume too much. Meat could be in this category. Veggies, for most people, would be a green light food. As with fruit and whole grains. But there are people who can’t eat certain vegetables due to medication and then there are those who are gluten sensitive.

So what food are included in your light scheme would be up to you. I just thought it was a cool way to think about it. I really thing it is a great way to teach kids. I’ve mentioned before that I am not a fan of (even though I still say it!) saying food it “bad”, or I’ve been “bad” when referring to eating unhealthy food.

So what do you think?  Might you want to play “Red light, Yellow Light, Green Light”?  🙂

6 Responses to “Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light”

  1. niachick said

    I’m a red light girl. Wow…that sounds kind of kinky doesn’t it? 🙂

    What I mean by that if you don’t already know, is that I eat lots of chocolate and sweets — much more than I need to. I love the “red light” concept. For my own personal use, I’m going to use a “yellow light” for sweets — caution!!!!

    Red light foods for me are onions, anything spicy, gluten, wheat, etc.

    I’m also a green light girl. Love my greens!!!!

    Happy holidays Terre. I love your blog posts.

    Jill

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    • Yes, that does sound kinky. Too funny.

      Yes with your business – selling coffee and candy – I am sure it is way too easy for you to consume a lot of “red light” foods.

      I love that you are applying the method to your own individual diet requirments. AWESOME!!!!

      Happy Holidays to you to, my lovely friend. MUAH!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Yellow means eat very fast 😉

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  3. suzicate said

    I love this…I must pass it on to the mother of my godchildren. She employs many useful methods in teaching her children…I think she will like this.

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    • I really like it because I don’t like the “bad” food thing. Even though I use it — because it is a habit. I like the light method. It might help with some issues that people have with foods.

      I am so happy that you are going to share something I posted with someone and you think she might like it! Yay! Reaching people that don’t even read my blog! Score! 🙂

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