By Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach
Do you feel stuck in a rut? Are you always eating the same things every day? Eating a variety of food is an important factor in creating a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that increasing the assortment of fresh, whole foods helps to round out nutrition and ensure that you get a balance of important vitamins and minerals.
Maybe you have heard that you should “eat the rainbow.” So, focus on eating at least one food from each color of the rainbow every day.
Examples of foods from the rainbow:
Red – apples, berries, red peppers, strawberries, raspberries
Orange – sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges
Yellow – squash, celery, bananas, pineapple
Green – cucumbers, kale, spinach, kiwi
Blue – blueberries
Purple – berries, eggplant
By enjoying a rainbow of colors in your diet, you are accomplishing something very important: You are eating an antioxidant rich diet. Antioxidants are natural substances that exist as vitamins, minerals and other compounds in foods. They are believed to prevent disease and aging by fighting free radicals in the body.
What are free radicals? They form when the body undergoes stress; stress from unhealthy foods, heavy metals, alcohol, toxins in the environment like cigarette smoke, flame retardants and pesticides, and even from aging and changes in hormones.
By eating a colorful diet, you will be supplying your body with more power to fight off free radical damage, keeping it younger and healthier.
If you’re finding it difficult to get started, try choosing one or two colors that are usually missing from the foods you eat. Focus on eating foods with these colors for the next two weeks, long enough to create a new habit and notice any changes that you may feel.
If you need support in creating healthier habits, schedule your complimentary 30 minute Heal Your Gut Assessment at www.karinahammer.com
Karina Hammer is an IAWP Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, Co-Host of the Magnetic Heart Radio Show, Wellness Expert, Writer, Speaker and Educator.