This is an article that I write monthly for One Red Shoe. One Red Shoe is a Foundation working to get women off the street in Galvanson TX, and I am proud to be a contributor.
Eat All the Colors of the Rainbow
March is the beginning of spring, and it brings the bounty of fruits and veggies of all colors of the rainbow.
Each color brings us a gift, and even better, all these colors work synergistically together to bring us health.
A rich and diverse diet of whole foods offers the best combination of micronutrients and phytochemicals. This is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and your phytochemicals. Without these nutrients, we face poor health, disease, obesity and more.
- It creates a varied population of healthy gut bacteria
- Specific foods, not just diet have a huge influence on your microbiome
- Where your food is grown impacts the “gifts” that each food has to offer.
- Eating all the colors and a diverse variety, lowers the risk of food allergy and sensitivities
- Variety is key because of the synergy of the different phytochemicals working together.
- Variety in eating colors lowers inflammation. This helps prevent many of our chronic diseases..
- Eating all of the colors of the rainbow neutralizes free radicals and lowers oxidative stress.
Choose complexity, every day eat as many colors as possible. Move synergistically through the spectrum of health. The combination of colors in your daily meals will be rewarded by good health.
Eat ½ your veggies raw and ½ your veggies lightly cooked. By steaming veggies for 2-3 minutes, many release their gifts to a form easily utilized by the body. ¾ of your daily food should be plants, preferably organic.
Eat plants several times a day. Add a handful of spinach and onion to your morning eggs. Add berries (frozen or fresh) to your morning oatmeal. Make colorful salads for lunch. Use fruit as your afternoon snack. Find as many ways as possible to incorporate multiple colors of fruits and veggies in your daily food plan.
Your body will be grateful for the tools you feed it to keep you healthy.
*Award winning book “It Feels Good to Feel Good, Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reduce Inflammation and Feel Great Again.”