We were taught when we were little about the food pyramid. We were told to drink milk, eat plenty of grains, get enough protein (meat and eggs), and have fruits and vegetables. The problem with the food pyramid is the focus on dairy, meat, and grains.
You can get calcium from vegetables. You can get protein from nuts and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and fiber. Most people are not getting enough fiber in their diets. Fiber helps stabilize blood sugar and help you feel full.
You can live without dairy and meat. You will suffer without fruits and vegetables. Meat, dairy, and grains are not bad for us, but they cannot be the primary focus for a healthy diet. We need more fruits and vegetables.
So, what are the colors on your plate? Are you eating enough vegetables? Are you eating fruits? Or is your plate filled with cheese, bread, sugar, and meat? One will help you stay lean and healthy. The other will make you gain weight.
Limit white foods: sugar, white bread, white rice, potatoes, milk, and cheese.
Add some green foods: kale, spinach, edamame, broccoli, spirulina, green beans, orca, cucumbers, zucchini, sprouts, green apples…
Add some yellow, orange, and brown foods: squash, yellow peppers, bananas, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, oranges, quinoa, mushrooms, brown rice…
Add some red foods:
Watermelon, tomatoes, cherries… raspberries, apples, beets…
Add color to your plate! Your body will thank you.