10 Reasons to Eat Seasonally
I am a huge advocate for eating within the seasons and purchasing produce from your local farmers market. There is nothing that I love more than on a weekend, strolling down to our local farmers market to grab nutrient-dense and delicious fruits and veggies that I can serve to my family. Eating organic is not always within our budget, sure you can follow the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen which is very helpful however if you like me, you may find yourself getting tired of eating the same thing every week. Just because you are eating from the Clean 15 does not necessarily mean that everything on that list is in the season depending on the region of where you live.
Here are a few benefits of eating within the seasons:
- Better Flavour
When produce is allowed to ripen fully and picked at the peak of its nutrient profile - it tastes amazing! Freshly picked produce has optimal flavor, it's crispy, smells wonderful, juicy and vibrant with colour.
- Jam Packed with Nutrients
Plants literally get all of their nourishment from the sun and soul. When produce is picked when ripe and fully developed it's at the peak of its nutrient profile. When plants have had more time in the sun, it will have a higher level of antioxidants which protect our cells from free radical damage.
- Better Economy
It's quite simple, our economy is based on supply and demand. When there is a large volume of produce and that produce is in season, the prices go down and you save $$$! Seasonal food is much more inexpensive to produce for the farmers who would rather sell at lower prices, than not at all. Cash in the amazing seasonal bounty!
- Better Environment
Seasonal produce has the ability to grow with too much human assistance (pesticides & GMO's). Since we are aware of our toxic these compounds are to our bodies, they also contaminate our water, and soil which directing impacts our health. By growing and eating seasonally, this decreases the load on our environment due to transport and cold storage which is also known as ''food mileage''.
- Greater Sense of Community
When you get to know where your produce is coming from, who is growing it and how they do it - this makes you feel much more connected to the entire process. By supporting your local farmers market, this creates a community around food that help encourage us to share what we know, ask questions and participate in our own local environment.
- Getting into the Kitchen
While eating seasonally does force you to cook more, there is absolutely nothing better you can do for your health and the health of your family. Home cooking helps you take back the control of what you are putting into your body, which oil you use, how much sugar or salt you add and what spices you use. By doing this you are consciously making better choices for yourself and your family. Cooking is a fantastic tool that you can teach your kids, family, and friends - I cannot think of a better way to show your love.
- Variety, Freshness & Creativity
Every time you are in the kitchen whipping up your latest creation, eating seasonally will keep challenging your creativity to come up with new, exciting and wonderfully delicious based on what your latest find at the Farmer's Market is. You can google so many different recipes, look through Pinterest for new inspiration and ideas about what to do with all that cabbage. Variety is very important nutritionally for our bodies because the more colours we are consuming the more antioxidants and nutrients we are receiving. By changing up your menu by what's currently available, you are less likely to develop food intolerances!
- Improved Seasonal Needs
Did you know that the natural cycle is PERFECTLY designed to support our health on a yearly basis? For example, apples grow abundantly in the fall and they are a great transition food to helping the body eliminate excess heat and cool down before the winter hits. When springtime bounces back, the huge abundance of dark leafy greens are there to help is alkalize, detoxify and drop those extra pounds after a long cold winter of heavier foods. When the summer rolls into action, we need to cool down and stay hydrated. This happens by eating more berries, cucumber, watermelon, melon etc. By cultivating your lifestyle around seasonal eating, the helps to facilitate your body's natural healing process.
- FREE of Pesticides!
Food that is grown outside of its natural season or environment requires much more assistance from humans in the forms of pesticides, waxes, chemicals, and preservatives to grow and make the produce look more visually appealing to us to purchase. When you shop at local Farmer's Markets, you are choosing local, sustainable and seasonal food that is likely a much cleaner product! So many small family-owned farms cannot afford to go through the organic certification process due to the expense but still follow healthy growing practices.
- Peace & Harmony
When start living in tune with nature's natural cycle, it makes us more aware and we appreciate the abundant beauty around us year long. We seek to locate balance with our environment instead of living in conflict. By fully embracing the natural rhythm of nature, we simplify our lives even though the options may seem limited we can trust that the food we serve on our table is nourishing from the inside out.