Trying to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol, or just need a little pick me up? “Eat the rainbow,” says Dr. Deanna Minich, internationally recognized nutrition educator and mind-body medicine health expert.
By that, she means making sure your meals include foods based on the seven colors of the rainbow. Dr. Deanna was one of two speakers of the virtual conference “Prescribing Nature: Revealing the Science Behind Nature in Overall Wellbeing.” (Read: 10 grocery must-haves to help you plan a week’s worth of meals)
The event was hosted by Sekaya, a brand of high-quality plant-based products under Synnovate Pharma Corporation—the natural products company of United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB). While internal medicine specialist Oyie Balburias tackled the scientific approach to plant-based health solutions, Dr. Deanna focused on the impact of food on our body and mood in her talk “Healthy Food is Happy Food.”
According to Dr. Deanna, foods that are fried, sugary, salty, refined, and processed are considered inflammatory and are the foundation of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, and obesity. What’s more, she says, there are studies that link those who subsist on mostly inflammatory foods with being impulsive, reactive, and less thoughtful. (Read: How do you eat healthy while in quarantine? We asked a nutritionist-dietician!)
Foods that cool the body, like fruits and vegetables, counter the inflammation. These aren’t just cooling to the body (they are, after all, made up of mostly water), their rich and vibrant colors address specific aspects of health as well.
The various colors are also associated with different senses of wellbeing.
Science backs it up!
In a 2016 study based on the food diaries of a randomly selected group of 12,385 people, researchers confirmed that going from eating no fruits and veggies to eating eight portions of fruits and veggies made people experience a level of happiness akin to finding out you were hired for a job.
Psychology Today, which did a story on the study, said that the improvement in life satisfaction occurred within two years—faster than other proven effects of eating fruits and veggies, like protecting against cancer and lowering risks of heart disease. (Personality Test: Are you becoming ‘too sensitive’ to social media?)
A rainbow a day…
How much fruits and veggies should we be having in a day? Go for seven colors every day of the week, suggests Dr. Deanna, and use her Rainbow Food Tracker as your guide.
Start now and feel and see the difference in your first meal alone. “The effects,” she assures, “are immediate.”