Ten years ago (February 2001 to be precise) I wrote an article that was published in the North Shore News (an award winning community newspaper) and it was all about how to use the color of food to help you shop better and eat healthier. It is one of the most popular concepts I ever created that helped people take the stress out of healthy living and it was a unique twist on how to use information from science. It became a concept that has been embraced by many nutritionists who have written about this idea online and off line.
If you are curious, I wrote about this healthy eating concept in my workbook Simplify Healthy Eating Habits. Today I am going to post the original simple and easy to apply article on this site where I have never published it before. Enjoy!
Follow the Colors of the Rainbow to Make Shopping for Healthy Foods Easier
Too often, the idea of eating healthily is made out to be hard work. But it doesn’t have to be.
Most of us know by know that there is such an abundant choice of fruits and vegetables that once you choose a variety, you are sure to find one whose taste you really enjoy. But how do you make sure you are getting a wide variety of these delicious natural foods? Before I give you the answer, have you heard that it is not only the green and orange vegetables that are good for you?
Many people don’t know this, but research now suggests that all colors of fruits and vegetables indicate a special characteristic of the food that is great for the body to ingest.
For the science minded: the phytochemicals that sustain the plant’s health (and our health too, when we eat the plant) are the source of a plant’s unique colors. Remember how in school we were told that chlorophyll causes ‘greenness’ in plants?
Now, to answer the question, “How do you make sure you are getting a wide variety of these healthy, life supporting fruits and vegetables?” Think of the colors of the rainbow when you shop the produce aisle and when you prepare a meal. Choose fruit or vegetables that are different in color, whenever possible.
For example, red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow peppers, green salad fixings and blueberries and so on…
What about indigo and violet? Red cabbage is more violet than blue. And don’t forget about eggplants and delicious dark grapes. Try following the rainbow when you shop locally today and do not forget the value of white food, the mixture of all colours think of garlic, white onions and potatoes.
If you like the ease and simplicity of this tip to help you shop more stress free and eat better you will want to check out my inexpensive e-workbook Simplify Healthy Eating Habits.
You many also like to find out how to save money on the cost of organic food by reading How to Buy Organic Food Inexpensively that contains dozens of tips not available online.
Best of Health to you,