You don’t have to be Marshawn Lynch to let Skittles help you change your life.
Maybe you were a little duped into clicking on this post today. You more than likely already knew in your heart that this post wouldn’t tell you that eating a bag of skittles everyday will actually help you lose weight. We like to think that you are confident enough in your abilities that you would never need to use a crutch like that to get you where you need to be. You’re empowered, you’re amazing. You got this, sans skittles. I promise.
But, for whatever reason, you clicked on the post, and now you’re here. I guess we should use this time together to discuss exactly what is meant by the bold tagline.
How can skittles help me lose weight?
It certainly has nothing to do with the candy themselves. No, I’m afraid not, my friend. How skittles can make you more healthy is by following their advice. You’d know their catchy little slogan if I asked you, right?
Skittles has been telling me for years to TASTE THE RAINBOW. And sure enough, they are right. You should be tasting the rainbow, on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
The food we are eating on a regular basis should probably be based loosely on these guidelines:
- Eat lean meats.
- Eat as many vegetables as you can.
- Eat some fruit, depending on your goals.
- Choose to eat other things is fine, but choose things with minimal (no more than 3) ingredients
If we all did these things, and did a good job with portion control, we would reach our goals 10 times out of 10. It would be like those old “set it and forget it!” commercials. Boy, I’m really on a TV slogan kick today. No more coffee for this guy- okay, maybe one more cup.
How can we incorporate the advice of skittles- to “taste the rainbow”- into our lives in a manner that will help improve our health?
We’re going to take a further look at one of the pillars of good nutrition listed above.
- Eat as many vegetables as you can.
Our bodies thrive when we eat vegetables on a regular basis. They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other micronutrients that keep our bodies healthy. If you’re eating a handful of vegetables everyday already, then you’re above 90% of society- but I’m going to challenge you to take it a step further.
I challenge you to commit to employing the “Skittles Method” for choosing your weekly vegetables.
The “Skittles Method” is simple- your vegetable (and fruit, too) intake over the course of your week needs to hit every color of the rainbow. In order to make this happen, you will have to account for color when you grocery shop, meal prep, and eat throughout the week.
If you want to take it a step further, turn this into a daily thing by trying to hit the rainbow each day. By doing this, you are ensuring that your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals it needs, because each color usually represents different health benefits for the consumer. Here are some examples:
- Green foods are full of vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, carotenoids, and omega-3 fatty acids. Cruciferous vegetables have also been linked to preventing certain forms of cancer.
Examples: Kale, spinach, brocoli
- Purple/blue foods are packed with antioxidants typically unmatched by other colors. These help to fight off cancer by preventing free radicals in the body.
Examples: blueberries, eggplant, plums
- Red foods are full of lycopene, vitamin C, flavonoids and folate. Certain red foods have been linked to preventing certain types of cancer as well.
Examples: tomatoes, apples, peppers
And these are just a few pieces of it. The reality is that the human diet is meant to be varied. A common fault of the newbie dieter is to assume that eating the same things day in and day out will help keep them aligned to their vision. Our ancestors did not eat the same thing everyday. We shouldn’t either. Your goal should be to eat high quality, constantly varied meals on a daily or weekly basis. Keep the guidelines above in tact, but experiment and make food that you genuinely enjoy- you won’t ever make this into a lifelong habit until you do.
An easy way to get the ball rolling on this is to start “tasting the rainbow” as often as you can. Get some color in your diet, and see how your energy and vitality levels soar.
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