Without question, one of the easiest, most effective ways of augmenting your health is to include more colourful plant foods.
Why is this? Because the chemical compounds found in the pigment of plants have pretty powerful health-promoting properties. By now I’m sure we’ve all heard that curcumin, from turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory? Well curcumin is the plant chemical in the yellow/orange pigment.
And there are literally hundreds of these beneficial plant chemicals (aka phyto-chemicals or phytonutrients), divided in to 6 colour families.
There is a lot of research in to each of these chemicals, but all you need to know to get started is – eat all 6 colours of plant, as often as you can. Minimally once per day, and if you can manage it, one each with each meal!
The Institute for Functional Medicine has created some very handy resources on this subject that I’d like to make available to you here:
Here is a handy list of plant foods and the properties that each colour has for you to use to create your shopping list each week:Phytonutrient-Spectrum-Foods
Here is a recipe guide and meal plan if you’d like more detailed help of how to eat colourfully!Phytonutrient-Spectrum-Rainbow-Recipes
And here is a more detailed dive in to the science if you are a details person who loves to know the background and WHY (like me!).Phytonutrient-Spectrum-Comprehensive-Guide
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