Healthy eating, exercise and adding supplements when needed can be the healthy choice we can all have access to. Universal obesity prevention in the form of nutrient rich, colorful, complex Carbo-hydrates, lean meats while eliminating cheap processed foods, highly refined Carbo-hydrates and sugar packed foods.
Regardless of the costs, the state of our children’s futures may depend on the choices we make each and every day at the grocery store. Into adulthood, preventable levels of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and Type-2 Diabetes devastate healthcare dollars. So how can color help our weight loss goals?
Do not leave the grocery store without at least 5 bright colors of fresh produce in your grocery cart. Color is weight loss, simple nutrition in the form of multiple phytonutrients; and the beginnings of good health. We are what we put into our bodies and it is the only home till death do us part.
Respecting what we put into our bodies is critical to our well-being. If you can’t always buy organic then know your clean 15. These are items that have a low pesticide count. There is an order to the level of contamination, so research and know the differences. Does this mean you have to absolutely avoid the dirty dozen, no but you can make choices or buy organic. Fruits and vegetables are always better choices than processed foods.
- Your “Clean 18”: Asparagus, Avocados. Cabbage, Domestic Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mango, Mushrooms, Onions, Papaya, Sweat peas, Sweet corn, Sweat Potatoes. Pineapple. Watermelon
- Your Dirty Dozen: Apples. Blueberries, Celery, Cucumber, Grapes, Lettuce, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet bell Peppers
Be aware of product labels and try to choose GMO free produce. That 5 digit product code actually means something and it can help you decide what you choose to buy.
A PLU code: that begins with #8 is genetically modified. A #9 is organic and a #4 is conventionally grown and may or may not be GMO or organic. You can find our more by searching for product label codes.
Most importantly, reduce processed foods from your diet, sugared juices and drinks, high calorie fruit snacks, empty calories of cookies and snack foods.
Healthy eating is easier than you may think. Meal planning can reduce costs at the grocery store; by eliminating purchase of foods that will later rot in the fridge.
Optimize your nutrition; improve mental emotional and physical health by embracing color.
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