An easy health tip to keep in mind is to always be conscious of eating the rainbow. Frequently, color variation is sign of what nutrients are hidden inside of each fruit and veggie. Bright purples, bold oranges, and enticing reds catch our attention in part because we are genetically designed to be drawn to the fruits and want to eat ALL of them.
When you close your eyes, what color do you see? What fruit or natural food comes to mind? You might be craving a specific vitamin that is found in that particular food. Our bodies are a lot smarter than our brains, once you know how to pay attention to real cravings. When you clean up your diet, ridding it of fake fats, chemicals, heavy salts, highly processed sugars, etc. your body learns how to express what it needs through those healthy cravings.
When your body craves limes it feels really different than when your brain wants fatty fried foods, doesn’t it? It’s more of a thought in your head, an experience and sensation craving rather than a cellular desire or need.
Connect to your heart, breath deeply, and envision what would be nourishing to your body in this very moment. What fruit or veggie would make you smile to eat? Is it something you haven’t had in years? Or something you never tried before but feel drawn to for one reason or another?
Take a good look at this picture and think about what jumps out to you. Whatever it is, that is exactly what you need.
Think about what color you don’t get enough of and how to add it to your daily plant-based meals. Colorful herbs and spices count too. Maybe when you close your eyes an image of guacamole on toast comes to mind because your body actually needs the magical cleansing properties only found in garlic, or you thought of eating hummus with red pepper chips without even knowing how good chickpeas really are for you.
Whatever it is, listen to what your body has to say. Honor the wisdom found within your body and engage in more activities that help you connect to that more honest, egoless inner voice that somehow just knows exactly what you need.
Let us know what fruit or veg you thought of in the comments below.