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The Rainbow Connection

 

And now a story. About a month ago, I was at this community-based dinner that happens every couple of weeks. I think they are great in concept but I am not really a huge fan personally. I sort of feel like they are husband and wife hunting parties- it is primarily singles that go and I never touch the food. On this occasion, a friend asked me to come as he was hosting the post dinner 'entertainment'. Two hours late, I got on my bike and rode over to support him,  and because whenever I want to turn down an invite, I have my grandma Fritzi's voice in my head saying "Go Meghan, you never know who you're going to meet". So I went. And I met some very nice people. At the table, where I was sitting, the boys seemed to be getting a little competitive for the ladies' attention and at one point, there may or may not have been a sing off of The Rainbow Connection in the best Kermit The Frog impersonation these guys could pull off. Now aren't I glad I went!

I believe that green reigns king in the colourful food kingdom. However, I have never been one to go monochromatic. Here you have the rest of the rainbow and the delightful things a colourful diet does for us. Get your rainbow in today!

Green Foods – broccoli, kale, leaf and romaine lettuce, spinach, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

  • especially good for the circulatory system, contain many minerals and B-complex vitamins, contain powerful anti-cancer compounds.

Red Foods – tomatoes, watermelon, red cabbage.

  • contain many phytochemicals that reduce free radical damage, lycopene is especially helpful in preventing prostate problems, and reduce the effects of sun damage on the skin.

Orange Foods – carrots, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe.

  • have the carotenoids that help prevent cancer by repairing the DNA, especially good for our eyes, and help with night vision, help our bodies get the vitamin A we need, without getting excess that can lead to osteoporosis.

Green/Yellow Foods – yellow corn, green peas, collard greens, avocado and honeydew melon.

  • contains the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, helpful in reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Orange /Yellow Foods – oranges, pineapple, tangerines, peaches, papaya, nectarines

  • high in antioxidants, especially Vitamin C which helps to improve the health of the mucus membranes and connective tissue, improve circulation and prevent inflammation.

White/Green Foods – onions, garlic, celery, pears, chives

  • Garlic and onions contain allicin, the anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal phytochemical, and they can act as a poor man’s antibiotic, mineralsthat keeps the fluid in the joints healthy

Red/Blue/Purple Foods – apples, beets, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, blackberries.

  • rich in powerful antioxidants that protect against heart disease by improving circulation and preventing blood clots, anti-aging phytochemicals that keep the blood circulating

13 Responses to “The Rainbow Connection”

  1. awww! Thank you Meghan!! I am really enjoying this! I think I will probably try to have at least 1 green smoothies a day after the cleanse because honesty it's so easy to take to work! I don't have to worry about packing a bunch of things for lunch and I can sip it at my desk, which leaves actual lunch time to take a walk!! Thank you so much for having this challenge! I have learned SO much from you!!
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  3. Coconutgal said…
    Yay for the rainbow!! Lovely and informative post, as per usual my dear. I just emailed you again AND said I would leave you a comment to make sure you get it. I also re-sent the first email last night when I saw that you said you did not receive it. Maybe check your spam? Hope it worked!
  4. Anneliese said…
    Hi Meghan! I am loving your posts about the Green Smoothie Cleanse. I'm really sad not to be participating, but this week just doesn't work for me. I was wondering if you plan on hosting another cleanse during the summer? I would LOVE that! Thanks for all of your advice and cheer! :-)
  5. Andrea said…
    Oh how I wish I had access to YouTube at work. I know what you mean about those dinners. There's nothing like desperate Jewish boys from Yonge and Eglinton and Thornhill... (Not that I'm assuming that this was the case with the dinner you were at.) Heh. I just realized that if I go through with my little business venture idea I'll have a GREAT answer to, "What do you do?"
  6. TeachyGreen said…
    This cleanse must have worked because I can't bear the thought of actually making a lunch tomorrow!
  7. Patsy Telpner said…
    I DID IT. I am drinking my last glass of green juice for the green cleanse, but it won't be my last. I never thought that I could do it, but since I am Meghan's mom I thought i should support this idea. Well, I loved it, I feel clean and healthy. I discovered that you can mix in all sorts of things and taste along the way. If it is really awful just add ginger. This will become my lunch of choice. i did all the cleansing rituals and I think this helped keep away the cold I felt coming on. It was not hard at all and I feel so much better. Phew.
  8. Michelle said…
    Good job everyone! I really hope to join your next cleanse Meghan! I felt I couldn't this time because I am breastfeeding my little one, but I have been completely vegan the last few weeks... my own spring cleaning!
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