This is one of the most popular “color” diets. However, unlike many others, this one requires a combination of products of two colors – red and green. This diet helps to get rid of excess weight and your whole system heal.
It’s a well-known fact that fruits and vegetables are part of an every healthy diet. But in fact, the majority of people underestimate them.
Red and Green colors are probably the most common colors of fruits and vegetables. As the nutritionists point out, 69% of people on our planet don’t eat enough green products and 78% red products. So this diet would not hurt the vast majority of us.
Benefits of Green and Red diet
- restores balance to the digestive system, thereby boosting immunity
- improves skin feel and color
- accelerates metabolism
- stabilizes the blood pressure and glucose level in the blood
The primary requirement of the diet – a strict selection of products. Only fruits and vegetables of green and red colors are allowed.
Red fruits and vegetables are full of lycopene and anthocyanin. They are powerful antioxidants and protect your body against cancer. A portion of fruits or vegetables of red color has manganese and valuable vitamins A, K and E as well as folic acid, potassium, and calcium. This menu has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. Also, fruits and vegetables are full of substances that disable free radicals.
Don’t forget that red vegetables and fruits will boost your immune system, purify the blood and help your brain to work more efficiently. Also, they will help fight stress. Even men can benefit from this diet – it improves sexual potency.
- bell peppers
- hot peppers
- red cabbage
- red basil
- red grapefruit
- Sicilian oranges
- red plum
- red currant
Green products are important because they contain a lot of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is also known for its antioxidant properties – it helps repair cells. Green fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin K, C, and B, potassium and calcium.
They have a lot of fiber; it is impossible to imagine proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract without it. Consuming enough green foods helps to make your immune system stronger and stabilize the level of cholesterol. Also, if you have hypertension or diabetes, doctors recommend eating more green vegetables and fruits.
- Brussels cabbage
- Beijing cabbage
- green peas
- green onion
- green beans
- Green herbs
- beet greens
Besides fruits and vegetables, the menu should include other products, which have carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. There is the list below of approved products. Nutritionists recommend eating them every day because these foods have many other health benefits too.
- vegetable oil or sour cream – 1-2 tbsp
- 1 Cup of milk or 1 egg
- 100 g of fish
- 30 g of low-fat cheese
- whole wheat bread – 1 slice
- dark chocolate (72% cocoa) – 1-2 pieces
During the “Red and green” diet, products can be eaten at any time and in any amount. You can eat them raw, prepare salads, soups, smoothies, etc. Make sure you eat products from “Other products” list too, as they provide a small amount of carbohydrates and proteins. Chocolate will improve your attitude and mood.
This diet is not medically recommended for a prolonged period – two weeks is enough. You should always consult with your doctor before trying a new diet because such experiments can be dangerous for your health.
By the way, the best time for “Red and Green” diet is warm season, approximately from May to September. It is impossible to get all essential products (vegetables, fruits and herbs) in winter and early spring.
Due to that, you body gets less carbs and proteins, you can feel malaise, weakness, and headache.
This is the main reason not to exceed the recommended duration of the diet. Discomfort can be eliminated with a small amount of meat – 150-200 g of chicken or beef. You can boil it, bake it in an oven or on a grill. This will help you to keep your diet on a healthful track.