You’ve heard it. Eat the rainbow. Not the skittles version. The rainbow of fruits and veggies- that one. Do you know what it means? You probably have an idea or even a solid definition. Why should we bother discussing it more? Misconceptions. Lots of them. Let’s set the record straight on what it really means to eat the rainbow.
What Does It Mean
Eating the rainbow makes your food relationship a kindergarten visual. By using an almost universal weather phenomenon, we have an simple guide to eating fruits and veggies. It helps us to create variety in our diet.
Why You Need to Eat the Rainbow
You could spend hours researching each fruit and veggie on their vitamins, minerals, and whatever else they have to offer. Then cultivate a plan to get every nutrient you need. Or you can just use the rainbow guide to get your variety and maximize your nutrition. You will also eat an assortment of antioxidants. Each fruit or veggie can hold multiple types of antioxidants. Multiply one fruit or veggie by a rainbow of them- you have an army of free radical fighters. In eating a variation of nutrients and antioxidants, you can help combat many diseases, aging, and maintaining overall health.
How to Eat the Rainbow
The easiest part is to eat one of each color daily. Realistically, as many of the colors as you can. Eat fruits and veggies seasonally whenever possible. You do not need to stick to a rigid list of carefully cultivated fruits or veggies.
Don’t fall into the super foods or “only eat this food” lists. It’s a marketing ploy. Certain foods may be better for particular ailment or lifestyle. This is for you to determine with your trusted professionals and independent research. If you want to explore different foods, explore. If there are foods you just can’t stand. Don’t. Please do make sure that “don’t” list is a short one. Be willingly to try and re-try foods every so often.
Eating the rainbow means fresh produce, frozen, and in a container. Caution with BPA, salt added, preservatives added fruits or veggies in frozen or container form. Fresh isn’t always available to everyone or necessarily the best when produce travels a long way. If it isn’t fresh, don’t give up. Get creative with eating the rainbow.
You do not have to your fruits or veggies raw. If you can and want to , eat them rainbow in all the plants original form. Or flip it, for preferences or digestive issues, you can steam or boil or juice your edible rainbow. One form is not healthier than the other.
Most fruits and veggies should have their peels eaten where a significant portion of antioxidants are found. If you have digestive issues, do peel fruit and veggies as the peel is difficult to digest.
Do peel these fruits and veggies
- tropical fruit: mangoes, pineapple, banana, papaya
- citrus fruits
- squash: except zucchini
Taking your ROY-G-BIV and eat it. It’s a flexible food relationship guide for your maximum health benefit.
Holistic Health Practitioner