Why You Want To Eat What’s In Season

Why You Want To Eat What’s In Season: the benefits of eating foods that are in season and locally grown.

It’s said that there is a time and place for everything – the same could be said about food. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing foods that are in season.

Health: when we eat foods that are in season, we allow the produce the time to grow and fully ripen. Because of this, seasonal fruits and vegetables have a higher nutritional content.

Taste: seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness, so not only have the foods reached their potential nutritionally, but have also reached peak flavor as well.


Sustainability
: organic seasonal foods are grown in a sustainable manner by farmers who use farming methods that not only protect our planet, but also our health. By abstaining from using toxic chemicals, poisonous pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds, these farmers provide us with healthier foods.

Environment: eating with the seasons and purchasing local foods helps to protect our planet because it reduces the number of miles your food has to travel before it reaches your plate. This helps cut back on the amount of fuel used, which reduces pollution.

Economic: when you buy organic, seasonal and locally grown foods you help provide financial support to the farmers in your area, which helps to grow your local economy. Additionally, seasonal foods are much more affordable since there is an abundance of them. This will save you money on your grocery bills.

Harmony: when you eat with the seasons you are working in tandem with Mother Nature and connecting with the natural rhythms of the Earth.

The labels on all produce and foods items will tell you the country of origin. Aim to buy foods from your country or shop at your local farmer’s markets. For more information on seasonal eating, visit: sustainabletable.org/seasonalfoodguide/

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honoring hunger

Honoring Hunger with Intuitive Eating

You don’t need a diet, meal plan or calorie counter to tell you when to eat. The body knows exactly how much fuel it needs, and hunger is your body’s way of letting you know when it needs more. When you have true physical hunger, you’ll experience an empty feeling in your stomach and/or feel your stomach growl. Honoring hunger means listening to your body’s signals and eating when hungry.

Just as you wait for the gas tank on your car to fall to E before filling it with more gas, let your body use up the fuel it has before you had more food to your stomach.

While waiting for hunger makes sense, there are many times we eat for reasons other than true hunger… mindlessly while watching TV, because it’s “time to eat,” because you see other people eating, out of emotions like boredom, stress, loneliness, etc., or purely out of habit. In these instances, your stomach is not calling for food, but your head/emotions are. It’s important to recognize the difference between physical hunger, head hunger and emotional hunger.

Eating for reasons other than true hunger, will likely give your body more food than it needs (which oftentimes gets stored on the body in places we don’t want it!).

If your goal is to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, or become an intuitive eater, waiting for true physical hunger before you eat is something to work towards!

So, before you eat your next meal, ask yourself, ‘Am I actually hungry?’

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healthy fats (and why you shouldn’t avoid fats)

DON’T FEAR FATS! ✋

While low-fat diets were once promoted as the holy-grail to weight loss, studies now show that low-fat diets are not effective for weight loss or for overall health. Quality fats are a vital part of a healthy diet as they are necessary for proper absorption of essential vitamins, help regulate hormones and mood, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation.

So don’t be afraid to incorporate healthy fats into your meals! ☝Here are some great sources:

 •Olive oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil, etc.
•Nuts, seeds & nut butters, like walnuts, almond butter, tahini, hemp & chia seeds
•Organic Butter / Ghee
•Avocado
•Wild salmon & Whole eggs
•Dark chocolate

By adding fats to your meals, not only will your food taste more delicious, but you’ll also leave the table feeling more satisfied!

 

Be well,
Tina

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Top Greens Superfoods

TOP 3 GREEN SUPERFOODS 🌱🌿

While I find the word “superfood” to be completely over-used these days, especially since all whole foods offer nutrients making them pretty “super,” I’d still like to give the title to my three favorite greens powders!

These “superfood” greens are packed with nutrients and offer many health benefits. I’ve listed just some of the health benefits below:

💚{Top Green Superfoods} 💚

🌱Spirulina ~ blue-green algae that helps boost the immune system, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure. It contains chlorophyll which provides vitamin A, B vitamins and iron. It’s also a great source of protein and essential amino acids!

🌱Morninga ~ comes from India’s ancient “miracle” tree. It’s high in antioxidants and vitamins, including iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, as well as B vitamins. It’s also a great source of calcium, potassium and protein, and can be used to help balance cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

🌱Chlorella ~ this algae contains chlorophyll, beta carotene and is a great source of vitamin C, iron and protein. Chlorella has also been known to help rid the body of heavy metals and other toxins. You’ll want to look for “broken cell” or “cracked cell” Chlorella as this will aid in digestibility and absorption.

I’ll be completely honest – none of these greens powders taste amazing 😬, however, the flavor of these powders can be easily masked in a fruit smoothie!

Be well,
Tina

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