Pssst…..Can You Taste The Rainbow?

As summer is screeching to a halt, there’s a question that I would love to ask: are you as excited for it to be over as I am? If you’re screaming, YES, YES, YES like an Herbal Essence commercial, DO NOT FEEL GUILTY. After speaking with some friends, the consensus is that we all genuinely can not wait for summer to be over.

Sure, we’re going to miss getting ratchet at D’JAIS or blacking out at Surf Lodge, but my God, #summersixteen, you won. You officially won.

If I were to look back on the last three months, two things come to mind: an unnecessary amount of booze and copious cheat days. We’ve justified shoving ice cream in our mouths with all the toppings because “it’s summer.”  We’ve indulged in the funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni salad, because why?  Because “it’s summer.”

It’s officially September, and we’re beginning to notice a few extra pounds that made themselves right at home.

*Cue the panic attack.*

Some of us need to get ready for school, while others need to get ready for football Sundays. Regardless, we need to take control of our healthy lifestyle again.

Nothing jumpstarts your diet than a fun challenge, right?  So, the challenge I bestow upon you is this. I introduce to you the, “Eat The Rainbow Challenge.”  No, my fellow fatty friends, I’m not talking about Skittles (though I wish.)  I’m talking about this.

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When my good friend Nikki Pagliaro from Elite Daily said, “I really want to finish the rainbow today.”  Not going to lie, I was very confused. A part of me thought she was referring to a sexual term I heard my little brother explain to me at one point or another. I knew she couldn’t have been talking about that so I asked her what she meant, and she sent me the above picture.

Rainbows and butterflies fluttered.  I heard the harp and Andrea Bocelli’s voice singing in the background.

Genius.  Absolute genius.

I love eating unhealthy as much as I love eating healthy, but let’s face it. Eating unhealthy is jut easier and trying to break bad eating habits is tough.

I was naturally intrigued, so I took it upon myself to research and try this experiment/challenge.  I would be lying if I said I was attempting this for the sole purpose of the blog, but the term “screw it”  has been a common theme of mine the last two months in regards to food.

 

I headed to the grocery store and bought all different kinds of vegetables and fruits that I wanted to incorporate into my luscious rainbow.  It’s crazy how many different rainbow assortments you can make.  Below are some examples you can try along with their benefits and micronutrient benefits.

RED: red peppers, raspberries, apples, watermelon, strawberries

BENEFITS: Reduce risk of stroke and macular degeneration, reduce inflammation, promote heart health, help protect against prostate cancer

MICRONUTRIENTS: Lycopene, Anthocyanin, Vitamin C, Quercetin, Ellagic Acid

ORANGE/YELLOW: carrots, apricots, orange peppers, oranges, clementine, squash, corn, pineapple, lemons, yellow tomatoes, yellow peppers, pineapple, banana, and mango

BENEFITS: Boost antioxidant intake, promote anti-inflammation, keep eyes and skin healthy, provide electrolytes and anti-inflammatory compounds to reduce post-exercise sore muscles

MICRONUTRIENTS: Beta-carotene, alpha carotene, potassium, vitamin C & vitamin A

GREEN: string beans, asparagus, broccoli, grapes, avocado, lettuce, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kiwi, kale, celery

BENEFITS: Up-regulate detox enzymes in the liver*, slow macular degeneration, improve eye health, reduce the risk for certain cancer like colon, bladder, and breast.

MICRONUTRIENTS: Sulforaphane, magnesium, iron, calcium, lutein, potassium, vitamin K, folate

BLUE/PURPLE: dark raspberries, grapes, plums, eggplant, onions, blueberries

BENEFITS: Increase antioxidant consumption, promote anti-inflammation in the heart and blood vessels, support the immune system, improve skin health and help prevent wrinkles

MICRONUTRIENTS: Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate

WHITE: cauliflower, onions, potatoes, garlic, mushrooms

BENEFITS: Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and different types of cancers, Support healthy bones and reduce risk of osteoporosis, Support immune system, Reduce free radical damage, Lower blood cholesterol levels, May provide antifungal and antibacterial benefits.

MICRONUTRIENTS: Vitamin C, Allium, Sulforaphane, Flavanoids   As beautiful and fabulous this challenge is, I want to stress one thing. “Eating the rainbow” is not an alternative to a healthy, well-balanced diet. People can easily become to focused on the colors and nutrients and avoid the real goal altogether. Eating the rainbow is a great way to get more vitamins and minerals in your diet that you have been lacking, along with shifting your taste buds to crave more healthy food. However, this is not the end all, be all. Furthermore; if you happen to be a parent and your child is a picky eater, this is a fantastic way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eating routine for them.

As beautiful and fabulous this challenge is, I want to stress one thing. “Eating the rainbow” is not an alternative to a healthy, well-balanced diet. People can easily become to focused on the colors and nutrients and avoid the real goal altogether. Eating the rainbow is a great way to get more vitamins and minerals in your diet that you have been lacking, along with shifting your taste buds to crave healthier food, however, this is not the end all, be all. Furthermore; if you happen to be a parent and your child is a picky eater, this is a fantastic way to maintain a healthy regiment and eating routine for them.

 

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After you reset and your palate cleansed, the next step would be to plan your food a little in advance, which is also known as meal prepping. Please do not let this term overwhelm you. Following my simple rules and procedures of meal prepping will save you time, money and energy as well as helping you drastically see changes in the gym.

Before you hop in the kitchen and turn it up like Rachel Ray or Bobby Flay, there is one tiny step before which in the interim will make you feel more organized and confident in the kitchen while meal prepping.

Tune in next week where I’ll go into more detail on a few key kitchen essentials that you’ll consistently use and put to good use.

You only have one life, but let’s try and make it a (somewhat) healthy one!

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