Eating the rainbow. The concept seems so simple yet never crossed my mind in all my 37 years. I struggle with weight, especially since I had my son several years ago. It sucks, but it is what it is. I’ve done diets, Weight Watchers, the Noom free trial. You name it, and I’ve probably done it.
Backstory, I lost 65 pounds about 10 years ago just by exercising. I didn’t really change the way I ate. I exercised daily. I would alternate days between my Urban Rebounder, Denise Austin stability ball DVDs, and good old walking. I was walking 4 miles a day at one point. I looked good, and best of all—I felt good.
Long story short, I got pregnant, gained 80 pounds, and here I am…writing this blog post on a Saturday night, sipping sparkling water and really hoping that I can get my health back on track. Really my health isn’t bad. I do have blood pressure issues, and I want to get things under control before they get out of hand.
I inquired and did a consultation about getting gastric bypass surgery, but I really don’t want to do that. I lost 30 pounds about two years ago eating low-carb. And I did feel good, but with my blood pressure issues, my doctor wanted me to eat more “heart healthy.” I read about a dietician and decided to see if my insurance would cover one. They would!! I googled, and I came across Brandi at Basic Balanced Nutrition.
We meet about every 4 weeks, but that first visit was eye opening for me. She really put it into perspective how it’s not about eliminating any one food group (unless you really don’t like it or it makes you sick), but it’s about balance. She told me that I should strive to eat the rainbow in fruits and vegetables. She gave me my macros. That was my ah-ha moment.
Health Benefits of Eating the Rainbow
Each color group of fruits and veggies offers their benefits to our bodies. They contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that we need while remaining low in calories. No one color is better than the other so that’s why it’s important to eat them all. Below, I will list out the colors of fruits/vegetables and some of their benefits I found listed on Food Revolution.
- Red – Help fight cancer, reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease, improve skin quality and more!
- Orange / Yellow – Improve immune system, reduce the risk of heart disease, promote eye health and more!
- Green – Boost the immune system, detoxify the body, restore energy and vitality and more!
- Blue / Purple – Fight cancer and inflammation and help keep you young.
- White / Brown – Protect against certain cancers, keep bones strong and promote a healthy heart
Is Eating the Rainbow Overwhelming?
No. It doesn’t have to be. I’m a planner so I did overwhelm myself at first, and I had to simplify it. What I do is focus on one color per week. I will get more into my menus and menu planning as we go.
For the sake of time and this post, I’ll let ya’ll know that I plan my lunch/dinners around one color. I was making a different meal every day, and I wasn’t sticking to that so now I’m prepping on Sundays, and I eat two different dinners per week, and I always eat the same thing for lunch. I eat either a salad or an adult “lunchable” that’s meat, Triscuit crackers, cheese, a vegetable and some fruit.
So stay tuned. I’ll be sharing what I’m eating each week, and I want to see what ya’ll are eating too! Make sure to follow me on the ‘gram! @atexasmom34