15 Ways to a Healthier New Year.

At this time of year we think about our future and what we would like to achieve in the New Year.  Many of us will have achieving good health and, perhaps, weight loss on our minds.


So it’s time to act on your thoughts and make some beneficial changes, simple things like:-

  1. Stop drinking sodas – drink purified water instead (add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice) or drink green tea with lemon juice.
  2. Drink plenty of water each day – are you hungry or just dehydrated?
  3. Reduce your consumption of bottled fruit juices – make your own.
  4. Reduce your sugar intake (when you stop drinking sodas you’ll get this benefit).  Use only natural sugar substitutes.
  5. Reduce the quantity of processed foods you consume. There are hidden sugars and fats, plus lots of chemical additives you’ll want to avoid. Read labels – if you need a science degree to understand the ingredients you probably shouldn’t eat it.
  6. Reduce your salt intake, use only natural quality salt which is chemical free and contains minerals.
  7. Add flavor with herbs, spices or lemon juice instead of adding salt.
  8. Reduce you fat intake. Consume only healthy fats. Learn more about dietary fats
  9. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Reduce the quantity of meat you consume.  Look at the portions on your plate – make sure vegetables make up 75%.
  10. Make your plate like a rainbow of colors – eat a variety of colorful vegetables.
  11. Use a smaller plate and drink more water.
  12. Learn about Anti Cancer truths
  13. Read about how you can rejuvenate your body at a cellular level.
  14. Learn how an acidic body is bad for you and how to achieve an alkaline body.
  15. Improve your Nutrition Intelligence

Fruit & Vegetables – The Colors of Your Health


The Colors of Health

Consuming a full range of different colored fresh fruit and vegetables is important for you get enough vitamins and minerals. Fight cancer, heart disease, the effects of aging and more with the help of colorful fruits & vegetables
* Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.

“For optimum health, scientists say, eat a rainbow of colors. Your plate should look like a box of Crayolas.”
– Janice M. Horowitz, TIME, January 12, 2002

Colorful fruits and vegetables provide the wide range of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals your body uses to maintain good health and energy levels, protect against the effects of aging, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.*

Many of the phytochemicals and other compounds that make fruits and vegetables good for us also give them their color. That’s why it’s essential to sample the complete color spectrum every day to get the full preventive benefits of fruits and vegetables.

But how many of us actually accomplish this? The cost of fruit and vegetables is soaring making it even more difficult. Plus there is the often misunderstood issue of lack of digestive enzymes. These enzymes provide you with ability to assimilate the nutrients in your food.

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BLUE/PURPLE

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of health-promoting phytochemicals such as anthocyanins and phenolics, currently being studied for their antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. Include BLUE/PURPLE in your low-fat diet to help maintain:

* A lower risk of some cancers *
* Urinary tract health
* Memory function
* Healthy aging

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Get blue/purple every day with foods such as:

Blueberries
Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Black currants
  • Dried plums
  • Elderberries
  • Purple figs
  • Purple grapes
  • Plums
  • Raisins
  • Purple asparagus
  • Purple cabbage
  • Purple carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Purple Belgian endive
  • Purple peppers
  • Potatoes (purple fleshed)
  • Black salsify

GREEN

Green vegetables contain varying amounts of phytochemicals such as lutein and indoles, which interest researchers because of their potential antioxidant, health-promoting benefits. Include GREEN in your low-fat diet to maintain:

* A lower risk of some cancers*
* Vision health
* Strong bones and teeth

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Go green every day with fruits and vegetables like these:

Pears
Pears
  • Avocados
  • Green apples
  • Green grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwifruit
  • Limes
  • Green pears
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoflower
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Green cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chayote squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Endive
  • Leafy greens
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Green onion
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Green pepper
  • Snow Peas
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

WHITE

White, tan, and brown fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of phytochemicals of interest to scientists. These include allicin, found in the garlic and onion family. The mineral selenium, found in mushrooms, is also the subject of research. Including WHITE in your low-fat diet helps maintain:

* Heart health
* Cholesterol levels that are already healthy
* A lower risk of some cancers*

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Get all the health benefits of white by including foods such as:

Cauliflower
Cauliflower
  • Bananas
  • Brown pears
  • Dates
  • White nectarines
  • White peaches
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Jerusalem artickoke
  • Jicama
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes (white fleshed)
  • Shallots
  • Turnips
  • White Corn

YELLOW/ORANGE

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids, two classes of phytochemicals that scientists are studying for their health-promoting potential. Including YELLOW/ORANGE in your low-fat diet helps maintain:

* A healthy heart
* Vision health
* A healthy immune system
* A lower risk of some cancers*

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Choose Yellow/Orange fruits and vegetables like:

Apricots
Apricots
  • Yellow apples
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cape Gooseberries
  • Yellow figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Golden kiwifruit
  • Lemon
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Yellow pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapples
  • Tangerines
  • Yellow watermelon
  • Yellow beets
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Yellow peppers
  • Yellow potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabagas
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yellow tomatoes
  • Yellow winter squash

RED

Specific phytochemicals in the red group that are being studied for their health-promoting properties include lycopene and anthocyanins. Include a variety of RED fruits and vegetables in your low-fat diet to help maintain:

* A healthy heart
* Memory function
* A lower risk of some cancers*
* Urinary tract health

* Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Include RED fruits and vegetables in your diet such as:

Blood Orange
Blood Orange
  • Red apples
  • Blood oranges
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Red grapes
  • Pink/Red grapefruit
  • Red pears
  • Pomegranates
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Beets
  • Red peppers
  • Radishes
  • Radicchio
  • Red onions
  • Red potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes

Information courtesy of www.5aday.org