Eat From the Rainbow

 

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“Stop eating ‘dead’ foods: junk, fried, and fast foods, as well as  processed carbs. They’re loaded with sugar and other additives.  The more live foods we eat (fruits and vegetables), the more alive we feel. The more dead foods we eat…well, you get the idea”. -Tony Horton, developer of P90x

“I’m into very colorful food. Obviously lots of flavor, but I think we eat with our eyes first, so it has to look great. The presentation has to be great.” -Giada DeLaurentiis

“The easiest diet is, you know, eat vegetables, eat fresh food. Just a really sensible healthy diet like you read about all the time.” -Drew Carrey

Look around.  This world is a wonderful place.  Nature offers awesome wonders wherever you are.  The bold colors of nature amaze me whenever I stop to appreciate their beauty.  If you think about it, each and every color is represented by nature:

-green grass
-blue oceans
-orange flowers
-red birds
-purple vegetables
-yellow leaves
-black rocks
-brown wood

-white sand


 
 Obviously, this just names a few.  I’m sure each and every color shows itself in some way in the natural world.  More importantly, foods come in all different colors.  In order to have a balanced, low calorie diet, it is imperative to eat a multitude of colors.  I have had so many people tell me they won’t eat one food or another because of its color.  For example, they won’t eat anything green.  They prefer brown and white. Where is the fun in that?  Eating foods that only have neutral colors sounds boring!
 

Fruits and vegetables are the most colorful of all the foods.  They have vibrant and bright colors inside and out.  There are purple plums, green grapes, red raspberries, and blue blueberries.  You can buy pineapples and apples or watermelons and watermelon radishes.  You get the point.  Interestingly enough, each of these colors usually contribute something specific to your body:

dark leafy greens: vitamin K for blood clotting
orange and yellow citrus fruits: vitamin C for a strong immune system
purple and blue: antioxidants to fight cancer
red beans: iron for healthy blood
-brown grains: complex carbs for long lasting energy

 

Hopefully, this is clear as day.  The colors of foods bring more benefits than what you see on the surface.  If you’re committed to changing the way you look and feel, consider adding more color to your plate.  You may be surprised how much your eyes and your body thank you.  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

 

 

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