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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Food Chart Helpful Resources

When I sat down to make my Rainbow Food Charts, I suddenly could not think of all the foods that I enjoy and that fit into each color category... I kept asking myself, "What else is bluish that I eat?" "Surely there is more to orange than oranges and peaches!"

Here are a few resources to help you include all your favorites in your Rainbow Food Chart:
Foods in Color Categories from PBH Foundation
Phytonutrients,Foods and Colors

Don't forget... YOUR chart may look different from anyone else's. Where one person puts cheese for protein, I put it as a fat. If I think of cheese as anything other than a dairy fat, I'm likely to consume way more than I need bec/ I really enjoy cheese. I choose the lower fat/lower salt varieties and save the creamy sharp cheddar or the decadent Havarti or the smooth munster cheese for my most delectable recipees or to have with crackers for a snack that satisfies. You might have garlic on your green foods list but it isn't even on my chart--I'm allergic. Annie has chocolate as both a sweet and a green food, from the earth. My organic dark chocolate is a decadent sweet in my chart. That's sweetness I can live with (a little) every day!
I love soy nuts and certain soy based meatless products by Quorn foods company (chicken nuggets to die for) but as much as one of my doctors wants me to drink soy milk for the phytoestrogens-- there's no way... I have tried and it tastes worse than that stuff my mom gave me as a kid to make my tummy aches go away.. milk omagnesia was it?


annie kelleher said...

thanks for posting, karen... these are great tips and wonderful additions to other posts as well!!! xox.... annie

Walk in the Woods said...

One reason eating the angel way resonates for me is that it meshes so well with the way I grew up eating. My mom, an RN of pure Italian descent, served home-cooked meals that were rooted in her nutritional training of the day *and* her familial Mediterranean way of cooking and serving.

I could go on about that familial way being centered around what is regionally available, grown with Natural honor, and in season (AKA fresh "organic" food) ... but my point is ...

Every meal was like a work of art - a rainbow! The plate would fill with color that delighted the eye, stimulated digestive juices, and that offered every meal a foundation of pleasure (despite any dinner conversation to the contrary).

In traditional Chinese cooking/eating (which is linked *tightly* to traditional Chinese Medicine), the role that color plays to presentation *and* balanced nutrition is also mighty. Of course, chewing each mouthful 30-some times is also a part of the tradition - try some time!

Our ancestors *listened* to the angels too and understood just how valuable a rainbow could be. :)