A. Catherine Noon here, wishing you a Happy New Year! I know, I know, we all made resolutions, even if we weren’t public about it. Top on many of my friends’ lists is some version of “Lose Weight, Get In Shape.” What if I told you the key to moderating your bodyweight wasn’t getting rid of things, but adding them?
Now, don’t run off to assault the nearest refrigerator. Moderation is key, and there’s no way around the fact that eating more calories than we use makes us fat. Period. Being fat makes us sick. Period. All sorts of bad things, from Type-II Diabetes to Heart Disease and Hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) are leading causes of death for women. These are preventable diseases when they’re linked to obesity. We have skyrocketing rates of obesity in the U.S. and other places, and it’s an epidemic of epic proportions.
So why am I suggesting we eat more?
Well, it’s like this. I saw a dietician a while back because of problems with my diet and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I also am over the recommended weight for my height and have advanced osteo-arthritis due to some old sports injuries. She looked me dead in the eye and told me she wasn’t going to tell me to eat less, I already knew that. She told me to add some things to my diet. Psychologically, it’s less painful, and that means we’re more likely to do it.
What to add?
Five colors of fruits and vegetables every day.
That’s it. Just eat five colors.
Try it. I’ll guarantee you, if you’re like me, it’ll be a challenge. I can get four colors, easy. But bumping over to the fifth makes me prowl my kitchen, and this time it’s not to find where the hub hid the potato chips.
Here’s a handy list to help you with figuring out what to put in your mouth:
What about you, Dear Reader? What are your favorite fruits and vegetables and ways you like to eat them?
I’m always on the lookout for ideas.
– E.E. Cummings
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