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Hello, Thriven Community! Coach Jackie here with five tips to help you create more diversity in your diet each week. But before diving into the tips, let’s discuss why it’s essential.

Why Diversity Matters

Colorful plant-based foods provide different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are vital for a healthy gut. Our gut is a delicate ecosystem that needs a balanced supply of nutrients to maintain harmony. Even if you eat healthy, you can still throw off your gut balance by sticking to the same foods every day. That’s why it’s crucial to diversify!

1. Add a Fresh Fruit or Vegetable

If you rely heavily on processed foods like frozen dinners or fast food, start by incorporating a fresh fruit or vegetable before your regular meal. Pick one item on your next grocery trip and add it to your diet. Have both the processed food and the fresh item to ease your transition.

2. Try New Variations

For those who already include fresh or frozen produce, try something different from your usual picks. Swap out your standard black beans for red or brown lentils, lima beans, or kidney beans.

3. Increase Your Color Spectrum

Do you tend to eat just one color, like green? Add variety by incorporating other colors like red, orange, yellow, purple, and more. Red and yellow peppers, purple cabbage, and white onions can enhance your meal’s color and nutritional value.

4. Rotate Your Sources

If you already eat a variety of colorful foods, try rotating your sources. If you always use spinach or kale, try arugula, dandelion greens, or rainbow chard. Swap blueberries for purple carrots or eggplant.

5. Aim for 30 Unique Plant Sources

This tip is both a challenge and a goal! Aim to get 30 unique plant sources each week. Spices and herbs count too, so be creative with your seasonings. Use cayenne, white, or pink peppercorns to mix up your pepper routine. If 30 is easy, aim for 50 or more!

Bonus Challenge

If you’re up for a real challenge, try to reach over 50 unique plant sources in one day! It’s not as impossible as it sounds. I once got 53 unique sources in a day without elaborate meals or spending the whole day cooking. With creativity and thoughtful meal planning, you can achieve this too.

Learn More

Throughout February, I’ll be sharing more information about the benefits of different colors in our food. Join me live every Monday on Facebook and YouTube as we explore each color’s unique benefits. Comment below to share your progress and experience with our community.

I’m excited to hear your feedback, and I’ll talk to you more in February!

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