I am not vegan.
I am not vegetarian, either. I love meat.
I am aware that this statement can qualify if this post is for you. But even if you don’t eat meat at all, I believe you will find it interesting and useful.
Knowing how meat helps and hurts me, I chose the key word for my healthy diet. It’s ‘balance’. I know that the more meat I eat, the more I must balance it with fruits and vegetables.The more meat you eat, the more fruit and veggies you must fit Click To Tweet
I am not a nutritionist, either, so I will not lecture you on vitamins, anti-oxidants or phytochemicals.
I just want to share with you a quick hint as to what to eat in order to eat well. In this case ‘well’ means that you take care of your body in a wide, complete and balanced scope.
The framework to eat well
I thought of a framework that will serve me and will be easy to manage.
As eating is our natural habit (and natural necessity), I decided to look for inspiration in the nature.
I do not know anyone who is not inspired and mesmerized by the look of a rainbow. For me, sun following rain is a metaphor of positive following negative. With this association, I built my balancing eating model based on rainbow, and specifically its colors.
First, because of good associations. It is positive so it will enhance your internal motivation to follow it regularly.
Second, it is easy to remember. All you focus on are colors.
Third, it gives a good variety to what you eat. And as all (most) of us appreciate variety in life, by adding colors and flavors to your plate, you add flavor to your life.
The colors of healthy eating
Doing research for this post I discover that the rainbow concept in healthy eating is not totally new. Anyway, I take it only as a proof for its goodness. You can find more details on it here.
If you want, however, to jump straight to how you can apply it, here it goes.
This is my selection of fruit and vegetables that I introduced to my regular diet following the rainbow colors:
- Red – Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Strawberries
- Orange – Carrot, Orange
- Yellow – Lemon, Banana
- Green – Lettuce, Kiwi, Pears
- Blue – Blueberry
- Indigo – Dark Grapes
- Violet – Plums
There is no key to the number of items per color and there is no key to the proportions between fruit and veggies. Feel totally free to pick anything within the framework. Whatever flavors go along with you.
And even if I am just now opening myself to critique, I believe that if I keep them all present in my weekly eating routine, it will add considerably to keeping myself healthy.
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