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Eating the rainbow

Posted Feb 24 2011 9:00am

colored diet to detox naturally

We all know that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is a key element to a healthy lifestyle.  Fruits and vegetables supply our body with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, as well as hydration our cells need to function optimally.  Fruits and veggies are also an integrating part of any detox.  Without them, our body doesn’t have the necessary elements to detox naturally.

But it’s not only the quantity that is important.  The quality, but even more the variety is of the utmost importance.  Having a varied diet is not only a way to please your taste buds.  Each food we eat has their own specific nutrients and antioxidant content.  Those can vary greatly from one food to another. This is exactly why very restrictive diets needs to be carefully monitored.  The best way to ensure that you get all the different kinds of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs to be healthy and to detox naturally is by eating a wide range of foods each day.

My best trick to make sure I’m eating enough fruits and vegetables with different nutrients profiles is to use colors as a guideline.  Colors can be a great way to quickly identify different nutrient content among fruits and vegetables.  I’m not saying that because they are the same color, an asparagus, an avocado, a leaf of Kale and a kiwifruit have the same nutrient content, but rather that choosing different colored vegetables is a quick way to get an array of different nutrients.  My rule of thumb is to eat about 3 different brightly colored fruits or vegetables per meal.  This way, I’m more likely to get antioxidants from each different groups, as well as different other nutrients my body needs.  It’s also a great way to naturally boost my fruits and veggies intake.

As example, I could start the day with a smoothie made of mango (yellow), papaya (orange) and romaine lettuce (green), or with a bowl of quinoa with blueberries (blue) and raspberries (red) along with a glass of orange juice (orange). For lunch and dinner, I could prepare a salad, a soup, and any meal using 3 different brightly colored veggies.

Follow nature’s rainbow to help your body to detox naturally and stay healthy

Eat at least one food from 3 of the different color groups per meal, and make sure you eat at least one food from each color group each day.  Here’s a quick guide to help you vary your healthy diet.

Blue / Purple Red/Pink Orange

Yellow Green
Eggplant Bell pepper Carrots Bell pepper Kale
Beet Tomato Winter squash Summer squash Spinach
Purple bell peppers Swiss chard stems Sweet potatoes Yellow carrots Swiss chard
Black olives Red cabbage Pumpkin Golden beets Collard greens
Black beans Red lettuce Bell peppers Yellow string beans Mustard greens
Grapes Raddichio Orange Yellow split peas Turnip tops
Plums Radish Cantaloup Fresh Corn Dandelion
Blueberries Kidney beans Peach Yellow apples Sprouts
Dark cherries Apples Nectarins Lemon Green beans
Pomegranate Strawberries Apricots Banana Asparagus
Elderberries Raspberries Papaya Pear Green peas
Açai Cherries Khakis Mango Broccoli
Figs Cranberries Pineapple Cabbage
Mangosteen Blood orange Turmeric Bok Choy
Blackberries Pink grapefruit Zucchini
Black currants Watermelon Bell pepper
Fresh herbs
Green apples
Honeydew melon

How do you incorporate variety in your own diet?  Do you eat a lot of different colored fruits and veggies each day? Does the colors of your food matters to you?

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