After a few days of cloudy, drab, wintry weather, isn’t it uplifting to look up and see the sun shining yellow-orange in the sky? The mere sight of bright colors anywhere can really put a sparkle in your day.
Podiatrist Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM has a suggestion: start the New Year right by intentionally adding color where it can have a huge impact on your health – on your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates. Bright colors in your daily meals not only look beautiful, but they also give you a lift that literally nourishes you from head to toe.
Eating a healthy, balanced, diet is good nutrition for your feet and ankles. Every bone, joint, muscle, tendon, ligament, and nerve in your lower limbs is dependent on the food you ingest every day. They benefit from – no, they require – specific nutrients in order to thrive.
Eat the rainbow
One easy way to get the Vitamin D, calcium, and other nutrients your feet and ankles need is to “eat the rainbow.” When you eat a variety of colors, you also take in a variety of essential nutrients.
Help keep your feet healthy by choosing foods from all the colors of the rainbow. Here are some ideas for colorful meals from all of us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center:
- Zucchini noodles with pesto, sliced avocados, leafy vegetables such as baby bok choy and spinach
- Fresh red tomato sauce over butternut squash noodles with sweet potatoes, mangoes, strawberries, and roasted carrot hummus
- Red cabbage salad with asparagus, blueberries, Protein-rich quinoa salad with kale, red peppers, pine nuts, and lemon zest
Experiment and make it fun
Come up with your own ideas to create colorful plates with foods that you love. A variety of colors gives you a mental lift while also giving your feet and ankles a physical lift with nutrients that heal. For more information about eating for good health and for all your foot questions or concerns, visit our website, schedule an appointment, or contact us at our office in Centreville, Virginia at (703) 996-3000.