Week 3: Day 18

Thursday, July 12, 2012

My new containers are working out well, though I went over my calories yesterday by 400 (how? all I did was eat veggies!). I need to be more strategic about my food and I plan to do so.

Color, Red: Tomatoes, Berries, Peppers, Radishes

Nutrients: Lycopene, Anthocyanins, Ellagic Acid, Bioflavonoids including Quercetin, and Hesperidin

Benefits: Reduces risk of prostate cancer; lowers blood pressure; scavenges harmful free-radicals; reduces tumor growth; reduces LDL cholesterol levels and supports joint tissue in cases of rheumatoid arthritis

Color, Orange/ Yellow: Carrots, Yams, Squash, Papaya

Nutrients: Beta-carotene, Zeaxanthin, Flavonoids, Lycopene, Vitamin C, Potassium

Benefits: Reduces age-related macular degeneration; lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol; fights harmful free radicals; reduces risk of prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure; promotes collagen formation and healthy joints; encourages alkaline balance and works with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones

Color, White: Mushrooms, White Tea, Flaxseed/ Pumpkin

Nutrients: Beta-glucan, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), SDG (secoisolariciresinol digulcoside), lignans

Benefits: Provides powerful immune boosting activity; activates natural-killer cells, B-cells and T-cells; may reduce risk of colon, breast and prostate cancers; boosts immune-supporting T-cell activity; balances hormone levels and may reduce risk of hormone-related cancers

Color, Green: Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Oat Grass, Kale, Spinach, Cabbage, Alfalfa Sprouts, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens

Nutrients: Chlorophyll, Fiber, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Calcium, Folate, Glucoraphanin, Vitamin C, Calcium, Beta-Carotene

Benefits: Reduces cancer risks; lowers blood pressure; normalizes digestion time; supports retinal health and reduces risk of cataracts; builds and maintains bone matrix; fights harmful free-radicals; boosts immune system activity; supports vision and lowers LDL cholesterol levels

Color, Purple/ Blue: Blueberries, Pomegranates, Grapes, Elderberries, Eggplant, Prunes

Nutrients: Anthocyanins, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Fiber, Flavonoids, ellagic acid, quercetin

Benefits: May protect brain cells against Alzheimer’s and other oxidative-related diseases; supports retinal health; lowers LDL cholesterol and prevents LDL oxidation; boosts immune system activity and supports healthy collagen and joint tissue; supports healthy digestion; improves calcium and other mineral absorption; fights inflammation; reduces tumor growth; acts as an anticarcinogen in the digestive tract, limits the activity of cancer cells –depriving them of fuel; helps the body fight allergens

So. I'm going to try think of food in color forms. As it is, I am eating an orange (carrots), red (Apple, tomato), and green (lettuce). I need to upgrade the KIND of colors i'm eating as well as find a way to get a white (potato maybe? much starch though...) and blue. In my country though, blue/purple veggies and fruits are massively expensive. Dunno...
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