A Realistic Perspective: Eat the Rainbow

Eating the rainbow. This is something I’m a big believer in. Different colours ultimately provide us with different vitamins meaning we can have a happier, healthier life.

However, can it go too far? Without a doubt.

I’ve read cookbooks and magazines talking about this crucial need for every day to make sure we get every single colour of fruit and veg in our diet. And I’ve been there, panicking that I haven’t eaten a purple vegetable today. Then you take a step back and get a good look at the mess you’ve become.

What colours have I eaten today? Yellow and green so far. Planning on getting purple, red and orange in my dinner tonight. Have I stressed about this – no I really haven’t. Yet, quite naturally I’ve eaten a wide range of colours. Eating the rainbow is not about stressing over every last vegetable you’ve eaten that day. Ultimately, if you eat a decent amount of fruit and vegetables then you’re not going to have an issue. You’ll probably have eaten the complete dulux colour chart.

Obviously, if you are only eating green vegetables then you’ve got a problem that you need to correct. But if, for some earth shattering reason, you haven’t been able to eat a purple fruit one day then don’t stress. Your body isn’t going to go into panic mode because you haven’t had something purple. Chances are you’ve probably had all the vitamins and minerals you need anyway without that one purple fruit.

At the end of the day, it’s more important you’re eating a decent amount of fruit and vegetables everyday rather than fretting over the colour spectrum. Eat smart, not a paint chart.

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