If you are getting all your micronutrients and aren’t craving the chemicals and additives that come from processed foods, your appetite will be satisfied. If you don’t get the micronutrients you need, you might find yourself wanting to eat more food and therefore consuming more macro-nutrients (and therefore calories) than you need. It’s harder to maintain self-control if your body is genuinely hungry for something.
We have simplified this subject right down to avoid too great a focus on pedantic points. We understand you are not training to be a nutritionist but are instead cultivating the habits and know-how, of how to eat healthily. We shall speak about 2 categories of nutrients in this program, this week it will be micro-nutrients, next week will be macros.
An introduction to micronutrients?
If you have heard of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids or phytonutrients then you know a little about what micronutrients are. Remember, they are dense in natural foods but are much more limited in most processed foods. Your body needs them in order to function, fight disease and look after your organs.
Don’t forget the number 1 rule mentioned in week 1: “Eat a variety of real, natural, unprocessed foods – not too much, not too little.” The reason you need to eat ‘a variety’, is because different micronutrients with different health properties and functions are found in different ingredients. The easiest way to ensure your variety is properly varied is by ensuring your food consists of different colours. Just to be clear, colourful packaging or artificial food colouring doesn’t count. Below are some of the healing properties, micronutrients can ‘bring to the table’, in reference to the colour of the fruit/veg they can often be found in. We hope this illustrates the importance of 1) eating them in the first place and 2) ensuring you have a variety of them.
Green: Protect eyes, boost immunity, support healthy tissues, helps in rebuilding blood cells and collagen, boosts energy, supports healthy hormonal balance and has anti-cancer properties
Orange and yellow: Anti-cancer and heart-protective properties, protects mucous membranes, eyes and brain whilst also strengthening the immune system.
Red: Protects against heart disease, cancer, loss of vision and neurogenerative diseases. Blue and Purple: fights free radicals; has anticancer properties, supports healthy aging, balances hormone levels and has been argued to support brain functionality.
White: Boosts immunity, maintains healthy gut balance, has anti-inflammatory properties can lower cholesterol, can reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease
Don’t overstress or over complicate the situation; eat a variety of natural foods of different types and colours and you will almost certainly achieve the benefits and nourishment your body needs.
This extract is 1 part of our food behavioural reconditioning program. This program comes with activities, support, recipes and delivered meals organised to help you get on top of your health goals once and for all. To find out more about our comprehensive programs, click the button below.