Julie Deeks, our Nutritional Therapist at the Forge Clinic, uses dietary adjustments and lifestyle changes to improve your health and wellbeing. In this blog she gives advice on the best way to get your ‘5 a day’!
I always get my clients to eat as many different colours of vegetables and fruit as possible! “Eating a rainbow” is a lovely way of improving your diet, it looks good, tastes good and does you good. If someone delivers you a plate of food and its beige, do you feel excited, and more importantly does it taste nice?
I find it is not well understood why we are told to eat our vegetables, I thought this might help encourage you to eat more of them!
There are so many nutrients in vegetables and fruit and these can help reduce cholesterol, keep blood pressure levels steady, protect our DNA from damage (damaged DNA leads to disease) support our immune systems and help keep us at a healthy weight, because they provide fibre which keeps you full for longer and supports a healthy gut bacteria. They all have their own unique vitamins, minerals and phytonutrient content too unlike carbohydrate rich foods like rice and pasta.
Eating a salad of cucumber, red peppers, sweet potato, rocket, endive and red onion would be super colourful, and super healthy too. Try it yourselves and let me know how you get on!
Here is a great info-graphic to help you choose vegetables and fruits of different colours, and it shows you the benefits of each!
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