HABIT CHANGE #7: The Monochrome Palette: Get Back Your Kindergarten Colors

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Last, but not least of the Healthy Habits 7-part series is Habit #7: Your Monochrome Palette. 

LET’S PLAY A QUICK GAME: WHAT DID YOU EAT YESTERDAY?

What did you eat for breakfast today or yesterday? Was it cereal with milk or a bagel with cream cheese?

Now picture your lunch. Was it a sandwich, maybe some fries or chips, a Coke, and maybe a cookie for dessert?

How about last night’s dinner? Did you eat some chicken, or pasta, or maybe a pizza?

But what COLORS did you eat yesterday? 


Was your breakfast tan and white?

Was your lunch tan and brown?

Did you finish your day with a beige dinner?

If you’re like most people, you just realized that you somehow ate a bunch of tan, white, and brown yesterday… and probably did so the day before, and quite possibly will again today, too. 

In fact, according to Reference.com, the top foods eaten in the US are: hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and french fries, followed by chocolate chip cookies and potato chips, and everything related to Thanksgiving dinner.

That’s a lot of brown and tan! 

Which also means you’re not getting the proper nutrients your body and brain needs to function.

Did you know that the brighter the natural color of foods, the higher their disease-fighting antioxidants?

SO WHERE DID ALL THE COLORS ON OUR PLATES GO?

It’s time to get back your kindergarten colors and get greens, reds, yellows, and blues back onto your plate and into your diet!

Danielle ATCHESON

BE A HABIT SHIFTER IN 1-2-3:

1. DITCH THE TAN FOODS:

A tan-colored food is most likely one that has been heavily processed, e.g. bread, fries, potato chips, pizza crust, boxed cereal. Note that there are some healthful exceptions that I cover in One Degree Health Shift™, but a good rule of thumb is to avoid eating anything that’s tan whenever possible. 

2. EAT YOUR GREENS:

Mama was right. Experts have found that if just one of your veggie servings a day is a cruciferous vegetable like kale or broccoli, you’ll decrease your risk of cancer occurrence in half. 

3. 5-COLOR CHALLENGE:

When ordering at restaurants or eating at home, make it fun and strive to have five different colors on your plate.

HEALTHY HABITS 7-PART SERIES

This wraps up my Healthy Habits 7-part series. I hope you found tremendous value in learning these simple yet powerful micro-changes. If so, then you’ll absolutely love our programs like Health Shift Formula™. If looking for product inspirations to help you make these habit shifts, be sure to check out our curated list of products we use and love here: kit.co/OneDegreeHealth

Even though this is the end of the Healthy Habits 7-part series, you can continue your great work by downloading the Healthy Habits Weekly Tracker, by connecting with me and your fellow Health Shifters over in our private Facebook group, or keep reading the blog.

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Check off this habit in your Healthy Habits Tracker (download yours for free here).

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Danielle Atcheson, NBC-HWC, CHN, LMC, CGP

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Danielle Atcheson is on a mission to inspire healthier living using the power of micro-habits.

She’s a popular speaker, a board-certified health & wellness coach, and founder of One Degree Health.

As a former Fortune 500 executive, she knows firsthand how a busy schedule can interfere with prioritizing our health.

Danielle started One Degree Health to share her Micro-Habit Mindset and wellness formula with other busy professionals through engaging workshops, online coaching & nutrition programs, and private coaching.

Founder & Chief Wellness Officer, One Degree Health; Functional Nutritionist, Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner, Plant-Based Nutrition certified from Cornell University.

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