I love food and especially good food! It makes me feel nourished and happy. When I’m eating food that is fresh, delicious and clean, it makes my body and mind sing!
Let’s think for a moment. If we are consuming food every single day to nourish and give us energy to live and do the things we love, it make sense to eat with the changes of the season. It is also natural for our body to be working closely with nature as we are a part of nature.
Just like there is certain produce being grown in different season, it makes sense to eat according to the changes of season. Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates diet for the five seasons: Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Autumn and Winter. Regardless of where you live, eating seasonally is what nature intended which helps to maintain your health and energy. By focusing on eating produce seasonally, it allows your body to work closely with nature and keeps you in a healthy state of balance.
Here are 5 very good reasons for why you should eat seasonally
You can tell by seeing and tasting food that is old versus food that is fresh. Produce that has been fully ripened in the sun and is freshly picked taste better and is better for your body. Simply, food that is at their peak of freshness means they are in season.
Studies have shown that produce that is grown during its ideal growing period contains more nutritional value than those that are grown out of season. When you eat food that is not in season and probably shipped and imported from another country, it loses its nutritional content.
As the season changes, your diet changes to support your health. There is a natural need from the body to eat warmer and heavier meals during winter versus something cooler and lighter during summer. Building a lifestyle around seasonal food facilitates the body’s natural healing process.
When you are eating seasonally, you save money on food. Seasonal food is much cheaper as there is more abundant in the supply of produce. It is much more expensive to source food from the other side of the world because of the time, the distance, and the people that are involved.
Seasonal produce generally grows without too much pesticides and genetically modification as these toxic compounds can contaminate the water and soil and also our health. Seasonal food is more likely to be locally produced as well, which reduces the load on our environment due to transportation.
Living in tune with nature’s rhythm allows us to be more aware and appreciate the beauty around us. The importance of having fresh local produce that is full of nutritional value can nourish our health and wellbeing and take care of our planet.
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Slow down and breathe,