An Introduction to The Rainbow Diet
Within the first minutes of the New Year, many of us make promises to better ourselves. Most of these promises have to do with hopes to become healthier individuals. Our health, however, relies on our eating and activity habits— and habits are hard to change. Our habits may not be as stubborn though, if the food in this change is visually and palatably pleasing. The rainbow diet is both, and though it may not be for everyone, it’s definitely worth considering.
Please understand that by diet we are not using the fad definition that means to make a temporary and sudden change that only lasts until the desired outcome is attained. A diet by that definition can be harmful to the body, and tends to rebound. By diet in this article, we mean an eating habit that lasts a lifetime. Taking the time to ease into a new eating habit, and keeping it allows the body more time to adjust to the change, which enables it to use this positive change to its advantage.
The idea behind the rainbow diet is to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables. If the average American were to look at their diet, they would notice large portions of grain, starch and medium amounts of green and white. The other colors, however, barely make it onto the plate. By encouraging people to eat a rainbow for every meal, this colorful diet pushes us to add more variety in our meals, and variety in food means a wider span of nutrients for the body. Which is good.
Speaking of nutrients, it isn’t a coincidence that certain groups of fruit and vegetables have similar colors. The bright colors of peels, stems, and skin of these delectables come from phytochemicals. These phytochemicals slightly differ from color to color, but all colors have been found to have positive effects on the human body. For example, the phytochemicals in the red food group (such as cranberries, strawberries, and tomatoes) have been shown to help the body maintain a healthy heart, and good memory while the yellow and orange food groups (such as peaches, pumpkin, and yellow peppers) have shown to help strengthen vision and the immune system. Having a vast array of colors for each meal, then, means there will be more nutrients and benefits for the body per meal.
Not only is the rainbow diet beneficial to the body, it makes it easier for us to put together a healthy meal without stress. We just have to combine colors on our plate! It isn’t absolutely necessary to have a full rainbow every time we eat, but it would be helpful for your health to keep in mind all the different colors whilst putting together each meal.
The colors of the rainbow diet include: white, yellow, orange, red, green, blue, and purple. We will be focusing on each color individually every Tuesday. Follow along with us as we discover more about the rainbow diet shade by shade!
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