Health · Holistic Living · Nutrition

Eat Right, Eat a Rainbow.

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What does it mean to eat right, eat a rainbow?

Consuming different colour foods plays a role in insuring you are getting enough essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and more. Therefore, It reminds us where we can get nutrients high in vitamins and minerals naturally from out food. It also means you are will be alkalising,  making our bodies healthy and strong.

What does it mean for your body to be alkaline?
It means that the pH of your body is in a more alkaline rather than acidic state. The body is always trying to maintain equilibrium at a pH of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline.

Why is this good?
If your body is in a very acidic state, it will seek balance, and may do so by drawing nutrients from the bones. When the body is in an alkaline state, you will be less prone to cellular damage and disease.

What kinds of foods can you eat to help restore balance? 
Green juice, leafy greens, cucumber, lemons, melons, and chia seeds are some of the more alkaline-producing foods.

What kinds of foods should you avoid?
Processed sugar, dairy, conventional meat, and coffee are some of the most acid-producing foods.

There are so many choices now.  So many fruits, vegetables, lentils and much more that are available to you.  The exciting thing is to experiment to find what the rights one are for you.

Eating this way can help to protect against many potential body ailments and chronic diseases such as illnesses like the flu, cancers, digestive issues, declining vision, loss of bone density, and can even help with weight management. Besides, your mood will most likely be lifted when your plate is full of a variety of visually appealing bright colors versus covered in a dull, white, and plain blandness. Brighten up your plate and you will brighten up your health!

Certain colors of food indicate an abundance of specific nutrients. For example, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables (citrus fruits, gourds, for example) are abundant in vitamins C and A. Green fruits and veggies (kale, spinach, asparagus, avocado) are high in vitamins K, B, and E. Purple produce on the other hand (eggplant, red cabbage, grapes) are high in vitamins C and K. The reason you can tell these from looking is because plants often derive their colors from various phytochemicals found in them. Phytochemicals are plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties.

When experimenting with different types of food, you will prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food. Make the right changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives.

Eating healthy is about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and stabilizing your mood, remember this is a step by step process.

You can download my book “The Wellness Approach” from Amazon to learn how to incorporate healthy eating and  strategies on living a joyful and happy life.

Here is the link:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wellness-Approach-Lasting-Lifestyle-Change-ebook/dp/B01H6YG35I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1466234633&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Wellness+Approach

I hope you found this helpful and thank you for reading this.

Namaste

namaste  - alisha

Illustrated by Alisha Patel
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