To lose weight in a safe and sustainable way you have to eat right and exercise more, but that doesnt mean you can't have some fun. A good diet will include a range of fruit and vegetables along with carbohydrates, milk and dairy products and, of course, proteins. When you're thinking about what to eat, why not play around with colour.
What colours are on your plate? Can you see a variety, or are you sticking to the same groupings all the time? There are many reasons why you should add some colour to that plate
Green s like spinach, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts contain indoles which have been shown to benefit the body in a number of important ways, including reducing the risk of developing colon, breast and prostate cancer and even helping reduce tumour growth in cancer patients.
Red foods are full of antioxidants, which help to repair the damage done by life and living such as smoking, stress and sun damage, providing protection from cancers and age-related diseases such as Alzheimers.
Orange foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, peaches, apricots, cantaloupes, mangoes, and butternut squash are full of antioxidants, vitamins, fibre and phytonutrients and, as well as being good for your skin, eyes and heart, may also decrease your risk of cancer.
Yellow and Orange foods such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, pears, nectarines, grapefruit, apricots, pineapple, peaches, and yellow peppers. contain carotenoids and bioflavonoids, (water soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants) and vitamin C. These promote the health of your heart, vision, digestion and immune systems, and even promote stronger teeth and bones, wound healing and healthy skin.
Blue and Purple foods get their colour from anthocyanin another strong and protective antioxidant, which can support healthy ageing and reduce the risk of cancer. They also packed with flavonoids — known to be one of the most powerful phytochemicals. Flavonoids are heart-healthy and can lower your risk of heart disease. Purple fruits include grapes, plums, figs, raisins, prunes and blackberries.
So go on, have some fun with your plate.
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