Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has proven to be one of the best steps to take on the path to longevity.
A recent study conducted by the University College of London found a 42% decrease in mortality rates among individuals who ate 7 or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day compared with those who ate less than one daily serving!
While those conclusions are impressive, consuming that many fruit and vegetables is not always easy.
Fruits and vegetables generally require lots of preparation and lots of chewing to make it to your digestive system.
Many people don't like their taste and many other have digestive disorders that can be agitated when taxed with breakdown of high-fibre foods.
This is where extracting using a blender such as a Nutribullet comes in.
A blender breaks down plant foods and allows you to quickly prepare and take in a full spectrum of veggies, fruits and other superfoods in one convenient, smooth and delicious beverage!
While nutrition is a complex field of study, nature gives us a lot of information about which produce we need according to our personal health requirements.
The easiest way to identify the nutrition locked within a given food is by looking at its colour.
Our minds and bodies naturally associate different coloured foods with different health needs:
Have you ever found yourself craving oranges, orange juice or carrots when you feel a cold coming on?
This is due in part to the fact that they contain immune-boosting vitamin C and carotenoids - nutrients that work to fight off infection and illness in the body.
Is your system calling for green juices and salads after a night of overindulging?
On some level, you know that green foods contain the cleansing and detoxifying nutrients your body needs to regain its balance.
When you can recognise the vitamins and minerals associated with specific fruit and vegetable colouration, as well as the bodily systems and functions those nutrients support, you can make informed decisions on how to eat to address your specific health needs.
Below you will find my Nature's Prescription Quiz.
This quiz asks an extensive array of health-oriented questions to help you determine the best colours of foods for your system.
Take a moment and complete the Nature's Prescription Quiz.
Upon completion you will get a Customised Nutrition Guide which targets your individual health needs.
1) Make a note of the points you score for each of your answers.
2) Add up your points within each colour category and consult the Score Card at the end of the quiz to find out which colour category (or categories) will most benefit your body!
3) Read on to your recommended colour section(s) and learn how to formulate your smoothies/soups according to your specific health needs!
WHAT IS YOUR AGE?
WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU DRINK ALCOHOL?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU SMOKE?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU FEEL STRESSED?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU FEEL DOWN, DEPRESSED OR HOPELESS?
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING?
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MIGRAINES?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET HEADACHES?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE MEDICATION TO CONTROL YOUR HEADACHES?
DO YOU EXPERIENCE PAIN THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM DOING DAILY ACTIVITIES SUCH AS COOKING, CLEANING OR GETTING DRESSED?
IN THE PAST MONTH HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED INCREASED FATIGUE, STIFFNESS, SORENESS, SENSITIVITY TO PRESSURE, OR FEELINGS OF DEPRESSION FOR NO APPARENT REASON?
HOW MUCH WEIGHT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LOSING?
HOW MUCH NATURAL, UNPROCESSED FRUIT IS IN YOUR DIET?
HOW MANY NATURAL UNPROCESSED VEGETABLES ARE IN YOUR DIET?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU EXERCISE?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU EXPERIENCE SHORTNESS OF BREATH?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU FEEL RESTLESS AT BEDTIME?
IT TAKES ME ___ TO FALL ASLEEP.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH INSOMNIA?
I OFTEN WAKE UP FEELING TIRED, DROWSY AND WITH NO ENERGY.
DOES ANYONE IN YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY HAVE TYPE 1 OR TYPE 2 DIABETES?
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
HAVE YOU RECENTLY EXPERIENCED ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET INTENSE MOOD SWINGS?
WHAT IS YOUR LDL CHOLESTEROL?
WHAT IS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE?
HAVE YOU EVER SUFFERED FROM A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE?
HOW MANY SERVINGS OF RED OR PROCESSED MEAT (INCLUDING BEEF, PORK AND DELI-STYLE MEATS) DO YOU CONSUME IN A WEEK?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN OR GENERAL PAIN RELIEVERS FOR ACHES AND PAINS?
I NOW STRUGGLE TO DO THE ACTIVITIES I ONCE USED TO LOVE (WALKING, SHOPPING, GARDENING ETC)
I HAVE SORENESS OR SWELLING IN ONE OR MORE JOINTS
I HAVE PERSISTENT PAIN OR STIFFNESS AFTER GETTING OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING
I AM CONCERNED WITH THE APPEARANCE OF MY SKIN, HAIR AND/OR NAILS
I AM CONCERNED WITH LOOKING OLDER THAN MY AGE
I SUFFER FROM ACNE, OILY AND CLOGGED SKIN OR OTHER SKIN ISSUES
HOW OFTEN DO YOU EXPERIENCE GAS OR BLOATING?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU EXPERIENCE HEARTBURN?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU EXPERIENCE HOT FLASHES OR NIGHT SWEATS?
DO YOU EXPERIENCE IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLES?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU EXPERIENCE PAINFUL PMS SYMPTOMS?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET SUGAR CRAVINGS?
IN THE PAST 4 MONTHS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED LOW THAN NORMAL LABIDO?
1 Serving = 2 tbsp approx
Add this amount to your baseline leafy greens for your perfect, personally-formulated recipe.
Include RED foods such as:
Include ORANGE foods such as:
Include YELLOW foods such as:
Include GREEN foods such as:
Include BLUE foods such as:
You'll slowly start to see the effects the addition of whole fruits and vegetables in your daily diet can have on your health and well being.
Come back and take the quiz in a few weeks and see if your answers have changed!
In the meantime, if you need help getting your nutrition on point because you want to lose weight or just improve your health then I'd love to hear from you.