Saturday when I picked up my vegetables at our local CSA I noticed the crops had changed. As we enter the summer season we got tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and less of the leafy greens. As the weather gets hotter our bodies cry for lighter fresher foods and the earth provides.
Eating seasonally is not something everyone is familiar with. With big grocery stores carrying the same kinds of foods all year round we have grown a costumed to eating that way. But maybe its time to make a change for our health and the environment. Eating seasonally provides us with great benefits plus it helps the soil heal and prosper. According to Natural News, “The seasons are a source of natural diversity, and this is why changes in growing conditions from spring to summer or fall to winter are considered essential for balance for both the earth’s resources and its life forms.” Eating seasonally is one of the best things we can do for our health! Yet it is one of those things most people don’t consider when trying to improve their health.
You see, just as the weather changes so do the crops. It’s a natural cycle and our bodies benefit from this. Think about a warm pumpkin soup in the fall, when its cold and windy. Now imagine having that warm soup on a hot summer day. Not only that, but a pumpkin will be most nutritious, fresh and delicious during the fall and winter season. My point is that in order to enjoy the health and flavor benefits of whole foods, we should consume them when they are naturally at their best.
There are more benefits to eating mind fully. By eating seasonally you are supporting responsible agriculture . By rotating crops according to season farmers can keep the soil nourished and use less pesticides. It is also greener because you can consume more local produce. When produce is out of season it is picked while it’s still green, then chemicals are used to ripen it and keep it looking “fresh” while it travels, sometimes for thousands of miles, to get to your local grocery store.
While it is ok to eat fruits and vegetables that are not in season, the bulk of our produce should be seasonal. It is just another way to find balance in our lives. Being in synchronicity with our environments includes our nourishment. And the better we nourish ourselves, in all aspects, the healthier and happier we will be.
I know it can be confusing to figure out what we should eat every season so here are some tips.
During spring eat more leafy greens, your plate should look like the beginning of spring with all those green sprouts.
During summer eat light cooling foods. Think of tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, peppers, broccoli and corn.
During fall emphasize on carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic. Use warmer spices like ginger or mustard seeds.
During winter focus on root vegetables.
Listen to your body, it will always tell you what it needs (not to be confused with what it craves in the form of sugars or junk food).
For more information on what foods are harvested when in your area you can visit local harvest.