Quote of the Week:
"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."
- George Bernard Shaw
Most people think that the way to eat better for weight loss is through bland salads and products that say Fat Free on their labels. Nothing could be further from the truth, and that is why so many people struggle with their weight. All you really need to know is that the more colorful your plate looks, the healthier it is for you to consume.
Healthy foods can be classified by their color energy, which organizes their nutritional effects, taste, and actions of their properties and common healing qualities. The following list is of food categorized by color and the reasons why each group helps a person to lose weight in a healthy way.
#1. Red Foods = ProteinRed foods such as strawberries, raspberries, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon are a great source of protein. Protein is essential for weight loss because it builds muscle, and the more muscle you have the more calories you burn. What happens when you try to lose weight without eating protein? You get a sickly look like you are not getting enough nutrition. Red foods are also provide lots of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and beta-carotene.
#2. Orange Foods = DetoxificationEating lots of apricots, peaches, oranges, mango, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, squash, orange/yellow peppers will help detoxify the body and help you maintain good vision, bone and tooth development. This is because they help rid your body of toxins. Orange foods also make the skin healthy so when you lose weight in a healthy way, you will not wind up with a sagging look.
#3. Yellow Foods = PowerWhen you lack energy in your diet, it can lead to poor memory, lack of concentration, tension, irritability, digestive problems and a lack of proper nutrient absorption. Add yellow foods into your diet, such as lemons, bananas, grapefruits, rice, corn, and eggs. Energy from these foods is essential for weight loss because a busy person burns calories a lot faster than someone too sedentary to get off the couch and move around.
#4. Green Foods= Well BeingGreen foods such as asparagus, spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce, zucchini, green peppers, green apples, pears, avocados, green grapes, kiwi and limes, contain the most powerful combination of nutrients in any grain, herb or food source. Not only do they maintain your energy all day long, but they will also create a sense of well-being. This means you will experience an optimum balance for total health, so you will not feel hunger cravings as much.
#5. Blue And Purple Foods = Improved CirculationThese foods are considered high in anti-cancer properties, and are helpful for the voice, and the organs and glands of the neck. These foods also contain nutrients that help improve circulation after eating, so they work best when added to any meal that is high in fat which causes the body to become sluggish because blood flow slows. Blueberries, plums, grapes are all great examples.
#6. No Color Food = Meal ReplacementWhenever you are in doubt, help yourself to a soy-based protein shake. This is how I lost 70 pounds in 4 months and have kept if off for over 15 years. Sometimes you need a break from traditional food, specifically to get the kind of nutrition that can only come from soy. Adding colorful fruits into a shake will help accelerate weight loss and good health even more. Want an added special bonus tip? Drinking one cup of green tea burns off almost 100 calories and speeds up metabolism at the same time!
#7. Beige and Tan Foods = DangerLast but certainly not least is the food color group you want to stay away from whenever possible. If you look at your plate and see nothing but browns, tans and beiges, chances are good that you are not getting the best nutrition possible and it will slow down your weight loss. Stay away from cookies, cakes, burgers, hot dogs, pies, donuts...you know, all the stuff that made you fat. Eating these foods in moderation is OK, but more often than not you should be replacing them with colorful foods. Eating has different purposes but the bottom line is that the more colorful ealthy Foods are in your diet, the better chance you will have at keeping yourself healthy and at an ideal weight. Living a healthy lifestyle and developing the mindset that goes as long with it are the components of weight loss that most people never grasp. Instead of struggling with diet fads and magic pills, pay more attention to the colors on your plate and you will find yourself well on your way to weight loss success.