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Eat All the Colors

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Here we are, prime time to enjoy the best produce the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  Get over to your local farmers market and pick-up some spectacular produce before the season ends.  Save energy, support the local economy and local farmers in the process.  You’ll also support yourself with having the most nutritious fruits and vegetables for your body and well-being.  Check out the following colorful fruits and vegetables and see what benefits they’ll provide.  Phytonutrients are “plant nutrients” that promote health and prevent chronic degenerative diseases, a class of these are called carotenoids.  We are most familiar with the carotenoid beta-carotene found in carrots but there are many others within this class that provide multiple health benefits.  Color your health with these foods!

Foods Carotenoids Health Benefits
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, plums, eggplant, red cabbage, red peppers and beets. Anthocyanthin - Deep red, purple and blue colors. Protects the eye, prevents cataracts and glaucoma.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cantaloupe, apricots, peaches, nectarines and red peppers. Alpha-carotene & Beta-carotene - Orange colors. Fights cancer, supports vision (prevents night blindness and macular degeneration), the immune system, may prevent heart disease, breast and cervical cancer.
Broccoli, asparagus, spinach, collard greens, corn, green peas, kale, turnip greens and romaine lettuce. Lutein & Zeaxanthin - Green colors. Protects vision, prevents macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Tomatoes, persimmon, red cabbage and watermelon. Lycopene - Red color. Lowers cancer risk in the lungs and prostate, may fight tumors in the stomach, pancreas, colon, mouth, breast, and cervix.

Here are few reasons to see a nutritionist/personal trainer/health coach: relieve tension & stress in the body, properly train or progress in an activity, improve your microbiome, assess nutrient intake, disease prevention through evidence-based diets, and exercise, maximize exercise performance, improve sleep quality, enhance mental clarity, optimize digestion and nutrient absorption, establish long-term healthy habits, meal planning for a whole foods diet and eat in a way to sustain the planet.  Please consider Sheri for nutrition counseling and/or fitness appointments to help you develop a healthier lifestyle for you and the planet. 


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Nutrition Advice

The increasing popularity of using artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT for nutrition advice has spurred research on AI diets.  This initial study focused on the reliability of recommended AI diets for food allergies.  ChatGPT was asked to assess 56 different diets based on food allergens to avoid.  Experts assessed the results and found a moderate level of credibility, with instances of misinformation and incomplete guidance.  Additionally, generated diets produced common errors in portion sizes and calories.  Many of the these diets were monotonous and repetitive.  Currently, it doesn't sound like it's time to give-up on a nutritionist.  A nutritionist can provide a personalized approach to meal planning based upon your food preferences, along with guidance on how to sustain change over time.  Health coaching is a valuable part of making dietary and lifestyle changes.

Sheri is a Certified Nutritionist with a master's degree in nutrition, with over 15 years of clinical counseling experience, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer with advanced certifications in medical exercise, senior fitness and health coaching.  All nutrition consultations include exercise guidance, dietary analysis and meal plans to meet your individual lifestyle, calorie and nutritional needs.

Free introductory 15-minute appointments are also available.

To schedule an appointment with Sheri Mar, email:  or call:  206.789.6440

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