They holidays are synonymous with celebrations and parties filled with extra treats and sweets. We can enjoy these festivities with fervor and flavor without all the added sugar that is contributing to inflammation and illnesses including diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome. In fact one-third of our children are battling obesity, and it is projected that 1 in 4 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This really hits home for me because my oldest daughter was born in 2000. This means that unless people embrace the necessity to reduce refined sugars in their diets and make other lifestyle changes now, some of her closest friends are likely to develop diabetes.
Halloween is Friday. People are booking their flights home for Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations are already for sale everywhere! As we decorate for the holidays, let us not forget how to plan our menus and adorn our plates with plenty of colorful, whole foods in season. It’s easy when you start thinking of what to serve based on what is in season. Let Mother Nature be your guide. She provides us with foods in a variety of colors wrapped up in fiber and mineral rich packaging. Most of these colorful foods are plants, and the deeper the color often the more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and helpful phytochemicals you consume.
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