Visual Food Color System

As you now know I am focusing on Culinary Medicine for my senior thesis project. There are so many avenues I could take with this topic, but I want to focus healing everyday discomforts. For example: acne, joint discomfort, anxiety, weight loss, headaches, arthritis, depression, allergies, ADHD, digestive problems (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc), heartburn, colds, cramps, and more. These are all everyday discomforts most people mask with over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen, Advil, Midol, Pepto, Benadryl etc. 

 Source: Wake Med Voices

Source: Wake Med Voices

I want to create a visual color system that links food with the body. There are so many ways we can heal / improve daily discomforts with what we ingest, so I want to make the connection visually easy to see. I previously posted about "eating the rainbow" which is a basic way to get people to eat more variety. (Hoping they don't pick up a bag a skittles but actually eat fruits and vegetables) I want to create a more complex color system that connects food, discomforts, and internal structures. 

Something really interesting I have come across is Chinese Face Mapping. Below you will see images that help describe what face mapping is. One of the "discomfort" I am going to be focusing is on skin/acne.

 Chinese Face Mapping. Source: The Love Vitamin.

Chinese Face Mapping. Source: The Love Vitamin.

Where its going- I have been chatting with some people that can potentially mentor me on this journey, so I hope to lock down some good resources. Find concrete and reliable research while I narrow down the daily discomforts I want to focus on. I would like to narrow it down to at least 10. After that, I would like to create a timeline for my entire project so I can stay on top of deadlines. The first thing I need to do is develop my color system well mapped out with my research content before I begin to develop anything digitally. Get Ready, Get Set, Research!