Eat the Rainbow 🌈

As much as I disagree with our government some days, I must say that the USDA actually hits the mark in its suggested intake of fruits and vegetables. They recommend 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day. Many studies are showing that consuming more than that will help your body even more. A Time magazine article recommends ten cups of fruit and vegetables a day for optimum health.

If you’r\n As much as I disagree with our government some days, I must say that the USDA actually hits the mark in its suggested intake of fruits and vegetables. They recommend 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day. Many studies are showing that consuming more than that will help your body even more. A Time magazine article recommends ten cups of fruit and vegetables a day for optimum health.\n If you\’re looking for total balance in your health life, you must listen to the experts and get a minimum of four cups of fruit and vegetables a day. I also highly recommend that you drink forty ounces of herbal tea a day as well. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs (FV&H) are the key to your balanced health. Now the trick is that you need to mix it up! You must eat a variety every week. You must mix up the colors. This ensures your body is getting the natural nutrients that it needs on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.\n Did you know that nature actually helps you see the benefits it contains? Fruits and vegetables will disclose their secret health benefits by their color. Nature is so cool that it grows the foods we need to survive in a way that allows us to know what to expect before we harvest it. For instance, purple foods (my favorite life giving color) have an astounding amount of antioxidants called anthocyanins. Antioxidants fight back against deformed or cancerous cells known as free radicals. Free radical cells, \”zombie\” cells as I like to call them. Because free radicals can kill your cells, and they can take over and convert your cells, just like zombies. (Got a little off track there, sorry). The key for you is; eat some purple produce to fight off cancer.\n Red fruit and vegetables contain higher amounts of lycopene, also a natural cancer fighting phytonutrient, think tomatoes, cherries and raspberries. Yellow and orange foods contain high amounts of beta carotene. Think vitamin A and better eyesight. Green foods are high in vitamins. Kale has 1000% of your daily vitamin k needs. White foods are usually high in fiber, and other vitamins. \So there you have it. When you eat the rainbow of fruits and vegetables, you will fill your body with the nutrients that it needs, thus balancing your body. Then you can work on positively balancing your mind. Go out and eat some homegrown produce. e looking for total balance in your health life, you must listen to the experts and get a minimum of four cups of fruit and vegetables a day. I also highly recommend that you drink forty ounces of herbal tea a day as well. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs (FV&H) are the key to your balanced health. Now the trick is that you need to mix it up! You must eat a variety every week. You must mix up the colors. This ensures your body is getting the natural nutrients that it needs on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.

Did you know that nature actually helps you see the benefits it contains? Fruits and vegetables will disclose their secret health benefits by their color. Nature is so cool that it grows the foods we need to survive in a way that allows us to know what to expect before we harvest it. For instance, purple foods (my favorite life giving color) have an astounding amount of antioxidants called anthocyanins. Antioxidants fight back against deformed or cancerous cells known as free radicals. Free radical cells, “zombie” cells as I like to call them. Because free radicals can kill your cells, and they can take over and convert your cells, just like zombies. (Got a little off track there, sorry). The key for you is; eat some purple produce to fight off cancer.

Red fruit and vegetables contain higher amounts of lycopene, also a natural cancer fighting phytonutrient, think tomatoes, cherries and raspberries. Yellow and orange foods contain high amounts of beta carotene. Think vitamin A and better eyesight. Green foods are high in vitamins. Kale has 1000% of your daily vitamin k needs. White foods are usually high in fiber, and other vitamins.

So there you have it. When you eat the rainbow of fruits and vegetables, you will fill your body with the nutrients that it needs, thus balancing your body. Then you can work on positively balancing your mind. Go out and eat some homegrown produce.

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Author: Stephen T. Radentz

     In 2004, having fallen and fractured my spine, I began a slow death spiral as an addict to legal opioids. For the next eight years, I battled depression and stomach ulcers. At the end of every month, I would face withdrawal symptoms, as well as the fear of running out of medication.      At one point, I was prescribed 1080 total pills every month! More than half were opioids, while the rest were prescribed to fix the problems opium was causing.      In 2012, I was rushed to the emergency room with bleeding ulcers. This happened again in 2014. I had lost almost 40 pounds during this time period. I was killing myself.      One night at the end of the month in 2014, I was facing imminent withdrawal sickness. Let me tell you: withdrawal sucks! I was not eligible for a refill but I needed the drugs. I grabbed a gun and went to a nearby pharmacy. I sat outside that store for about an hour. Finally, I decided that the best thing I could do would be to break away from the addictive drugs. I went home, went through some withdrawal sickness, and started planning my strategy.      It took me another two years to successfully get free. Eleven years after beginning my journey with opioids, I was able to beat the addiction through the use of medical marijuana, changing to a mostly natural-food diet, focusing on positivity and gratefulness, and getting outside in nature. I have been pharmaceutical free since 2016      Over several years of extensive research, I learned that medical marijuana could help with eliminating opioid addiction while reducing withdrawal symptoms and providing natural pain relief. I discovered that there was proven science backing up marijuana as medicine. I researched cannabis and hemp: their uses, benefits, and side effects, and how cannabinoids help the human body create homeostasis naturally, without side effects, addiction, or overdose issues.       As a master grower, I was aware of plant nutrient needs, and I realized that they are very similar to human nutrient needs. I began researching fruits, vegetables, and herbs extensively. Learning that nature provides all the nutrients a body needs. Consuming a variety of organic foods everyday will keep your body in a perfect state to fight off disease. As my body healed I was able to focus on my mind as well. You must; get your body right, to get your mind right, to get your life right.       I have also studied many current and historical positive thought mentors. Learning that, "we are what we think we are", as well as negative thoughts attract negative things, and positive thoughts attract positive outcomes.       I combined all of this knowledge to devise my theory on; The Three Life Centers of the body. Keeping these three areas balanced will keep your life balanced.      Medical marijuana helped reduce my drug withdrawal symptoms, enabling me to eliminate opioids, and I credit it with saving my life..      Because of my success eating and medicating naturally, maintaining positivity and gratitude, while embracing nature, I decided that I wanted to help educate others, and assist them with their own health and life issues.      I've been an advocate for medical marijuana legalization since 2014. I have lobbied senators, traveled statewide to speak on behalf of the cannabis community, and appeared in local forums, to share my journey and bring people's awareness to the benefits of medical marijuana, natural dieting, and positivity.       With this website, my goal is to dispel some myths, while educating you on a plant that has numerous health benefits (cannabis). Simplify your diet to achieve balance and good health through nature. Help you to create an environment of positivity and gratitude, and encourage you to get outside experience nature. I will even share some hidden gardening tips.