Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 299 - Food Rainbow Faves

Way way back in June of last year I put up this post about the notion and benefits of coloring your food. The skinny of that post was that the more colors your overall food intake is made up of the higher the probability that you are getting all of the vitamins types you need and as well getting the amount you need.

For myself I am all about variety as I am easily bored so eating from all colors of the food rainbow is natural for me. But it is not always easy either, sometimes you do have to give it a bit of thought and effort to get really colorful.

So lets look at my favorite foods of the various colors we have to choose from...

Protein: Beef, Venison, Bear, Buffalo; yes I love me some red meat!
Fruit: Cherry;  more flavor per chew than any other fruit
Veggie: Tomato, hands down the greatest invention of the veggy kingdom
Protein: Gouda Cheese, looks yellow'ish yo me
Fruit: Lemon, sour is sexy
Veggie: Yellow Mushroom Peppers; no not mushrooms (yuck!), these hard to find mushroom shaped peppers add zip

Protein: Lima Bean; yep it is a veg, a veg packed with protein & tasty too!
Fruit: Kiwi; get that leathery brown skin off it and release a crazy cool combo of sweet & sour
Veggie: Cabbage; I am addicted to cole slow, what can I say, Slaw Me

Protein: Blue Cheese; more white than blue but whose counting
Fruit: Blue Berries; maybe they look purple to you but the label says BLUE
Veggie: Celery; filled with blue cheese and topped with blue berries, uh huh thats how I eat my celery!

Protein: Buffalo Wings; a gorgeous shared of orange when coated in a quality wing sauce
Fruit: Tangerine; Oranges may be bigger, but tangerines are badder (in a good way)
Veggie: Pumpkin; saying carrots would have been too easy, plus they are just so-so. Pumpkin is so-good
Protein: Purple Haze Cheese; yeah I know, a stretch here. Had it once in my life, it was ok, it was barely purple, give me a break on this one
Fruit: Plum; Ever had a plum smoothie? Why Not?!
Veggie: Belgian Endive; just typing that makes me feel so sophisticated

Protein: Nuts; there are so many but my fave is the almond by far
Fruit: Brown Banana; let that sucker over riped and them smoothie it
Veggie: Brownies filled with Brussels Spouts; don't knock it until you try it, and when you do let me know how it is because no way I am touching that

Protein: Halibut, I go back and forth between Walleye & Halibut as my fave fish, I'm so conflicted
Fruit: Jicama; styrofoam never tasted so good
Veggie: Shallots; Or shall I not?

Protein: Bacon; such a pretty color pink before it goes into the frying pan
Fruit: Watermelon; my fave fruit of all time
Veggie: Rhubarb; Yes it is a veg & not a fruit even though the USA classifies it as a fruit for tax reasons

My stomach has grumbled and moaned throughout the writing of this post, I must go feed it now.
Hit me up with your color faves.
Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Good list, Patrick. I never pay that much attention to my food colors. I'm always looking at nutrient content when I plan and log my foods. :)

  2. I like your list and only want to add a few others:

    White: Skim milk; Baileys; Cheerios; cannelli beans
    Red: Tomato soup; red bell pepper;
    Black: Black beans; basmati rice; Dark meat duck

  3. Colored peppers - red, orange and yellow! Orange sweet potatoes. And fruit... every color:)

  4. I have just recently started paying more attention to this. So much fun to go to the grocery store and try to make my basket as colorful as possible!

  5. I pay attentnion to food colors too and sometimes I add things that seem odd because I don't think a recipe has enough color. I usually don't get enough of the blue/purple group but I'm working on changing that. good list! I put brown bananas in breads and pancakes for the munches, they love them.

  6. Besides getting your vitamins, it is so darn eye-appealing. The presentation of food is all part of the experience to me (now). When you look at a fruit salad, it truly is beautiful and healthy. Great reminder, Patrick.

  7. I love the range of foods on here to. great post

  8. Oooh! Don't forget Purple potatoes. And black berries! And isn't kiwi brown? At least on the outside. So much better than brown banana.

  9. Red-steak, cherry tomatoes, cherries
    Yellow-peppers, grapefruit, lemons, banana
    Green-peppers(again), baby spinach, olives
    Blue-blueberries, blue cheese(i have some in my fridge) love it
    Orange-peppers again, clementines, cheddar cheese
    purple-no idea
    Brown-almonds, maple syrup, potatoes, chocolate
    White-swiss cheese, insides of radishes :), almond breeze
    Pink-grapefruit again

    And yes some of mine are the same :)

  10. This was a fun read! I hadn't thought to categorize foods by their color this way. :-D

    Under Brown: does Coffee count?!

  11. Fun list! Purple food is hard to come up with...

  12. Good list. Great list really.
    Take care Patrick. Have an awesome afternoon. God Bless!!!

  13. I really find that the best meals I make are the most colorful. This is a great post.

  14. Big on dark greens, reds, and lots of flavor. This is an excellent list!

  15. You are too much & loved the colors of the rainbow!!!

    I am kinda boring.. I have a list of favs & kind of stick with it.. I can eat the same thing days in a row & be fine... I KNOW - bit I am what I am...

    My fav color - brown/tan - which are my fav cookie treats & bread....

    I just had to - I could not resist! ;-)

  16. Loved the chicken wings. Makes me want some :D

  17. I love fresh fruit. So glad that tangerines are now in season, it means other fruits can't be far behind!

  18. hey, that's a great list. Thanks!! I'm going to have to work on some ideas of my own. I think it's a great thing to do with my daughter.