Healthy eating isn’t something that should be considered when we do our new year’s resolutions. It needs to be a year round commitment; that is not to say that that commitment shouldn’t been enjoyable. Whenever I thought of eating healthy the first thing that came to my mind was starving myself eating tasteless food in super small portions. Of course, with this image in mind, it isn’t hard to figure out that I couldn’t keep the diet going on for long. Instead of thinking healthy I should have thought of smart, including the right foods in your diet doesn’t take too much effort and can have a significant impact on your long term health.
Last month, I got a “Dose of Color” with Nutrilite in New York City. At the event we got a chance to learn about smart eating as well as undergo a complete Health Assessment with various Doctors and experts in the Health field. Key among those who would be speaking to us was Chef Rick Bayless, world renown Chef (you might remember him winning Bravo Top Chef Masters; needless to say that the guy is a culinary heavy weight). Chef Bayless told us about the important of eating color. Meaning mixing fruits and vegetables in five color categories: red, yellow/orange, green. Each of these colors lends its self to powerful vitamins and minerals.
Having all your vegetables doesn’t mean that you need to take all your time to cook it, Chef Bayless stressed the importance of premaking meals, adding plenty of spice and condiments to ignite flavor and showed us various techniques to sauté and chop vegetable to take advantage of all their natural goodness.
Personally, I have found it hard to get the time to eat all the vegetables that I would like or even eat the optimal 9 to 13 servings of vegetables. Therefore, I have had to supplement with vitamins which have been key. Thankfully Nutrilite has created a new line called MyPacks that seem to be designed exactly for me. Each pack has two doses of vitamins one in the morning and the evening and have a 30 day supply. Each packet contains a number of specialized supplements that are designed to cover those nutritional gaps that you miss during the day. I have been taking the Perfect pack which is basically an all around nutrient package, but there is also:
- Men’s Pack
- Women’s Pack
- Immunity Health
- Healthy Aging
- Heart Healthy
- Bone Health
In addition, if you can handle the thought of swallowing multiple pills, Nutrilite also has Multipops Multivitamins. These are design for kids aged 4+ and are in powder form, all you have to do is to open a pack and pour it right in your mouth, the real fun starts when it hits your tongue, where the power starts to bubble and pop…just like pop rocks. This takes the whole kids vitamins thing to a whole level.
All in all, my time in NYC has convinced me that making sure I get health starts not with big and sweeping changes to my lifestyle but rather with smaller sustainable change. Ever since, I have been focusing on eating smarter, adding color and taking regular supplements and vitamins and I am certain that these changes are going to lead to more and more happy new years to come.
Disclosure: I attended this Nutrilite sponsored event but as always my opinions are my own.