If you didn’t already know, March is National Nutrition Month! Each year NNM is given a new theme and this year -read along as I go through my ABC’s of ‘Eating Right with Colors‘.
As a vegetarian it is important for me to Balance my meals and ensure that I am getting enough Calories and nutrients necessary for my body to function properly. Anyone can say that they don’t eat meat, but at the same time, they may not be eating healthfully either. A diet filled with french fries, pizza, sweets, etc., is not an acceptable vegetarian lifestyle. Everyday, I include fruits, vegetables and whole grains into my diet with a rainbow of colors, such as – green pepper, red pepper, spinach, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, etc., I have an array of colors on my plate.Our bodies Digest fruit, vegetables, legumes, and grains much Easier than meat, which is protein dense animal muscle and may take up to four days to pass through the digestive system. Therefore, for me, consuming a diet high in Fiber rich foods (aka fruits, vegetables, grains) will allow for superior digestive health.
In the summer, my mom and I construct a Garden so that we have nutritious food right in our backyard. When these things are on hand it is much easier to get in the Habit of Incorporating them into your dishes- plus it’s fun to get creative juices flowing and produce new meals.
Keeping a recipe journal is just as important as keeping a food journal of your daily meals. My blog is my journal where I post my eats so that I can keep track of everything I consumed and therefore, I have an accurate reference of how many calories I took in on that day. A simple notebook works just as good – jot down everything you eat as the day goes on so that you can refer back.
Lastly, if I had to leave you with just one statement: Eat Real Food. Fresh fruits and vegetable are going to supply you with the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy and strong. Legumes and grains are going to provide the fiber you need to promote a healthy digestive system- and protein, whether it be animal protein or a vegetarian source, is going to help build muscle and fight disease among many other things.
So far, I have listed A-L of how I, ‘Eat Right with Colors’, stay tuned as we explore M-Z next time around. Until then, for much more information, check out the American Dietetic Association.
Could you be eating more colors?
-Red, yellow, green pepper
Go get healthy!
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