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A Seasonal Approach to Eating

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Eating the Way Nature Intended—a Seasonal Approach
 
What do the seasons look like to you? For me they are … Winter: bare trees and a cold, frosty ground. Spring: flowers sprouting up, rain showers, and new life beginning. Summer: hot, sunny days, warm nights, and a dry ground. Fall: cooler, damper air, leaves changing color and falling, and a time for meditation and learning.
 
So what does this have to do with food? Well, I want to look at how eating foods in their proper season can have a greater health benefit.
 
I don’t know about you, but having the convenience of year round fruits and vegetables is great, at least until you start thinking about how they’re available all year. Once we decided to make the switch to organic, we noticed just how many of our fruits and veggies weren’t available all 365 days a year.
 
We needed to understand why eating according to nature was important for our health and environment. We understood that the seasons changed in color, climate, soil, etc., but we need to know more. The key is in the nutrients each season brings with it and the importance of rotating our foods to get different varieties. Plus, having full flavors and nutrients in our produce keeps us coming back for more rather than turning to convenient, artificially/chemically flavor-enhanced, nutritionally void processed foods.
 
Now, even though eating seasonally is not always easy, and it doesn’t always offer an endless variety of foods, it is the healthiest option. You get the most flavor, nutritional value, and best price when you eat in season. And embracing the natural rhythm of our surroundings also helps simplify our lives, quiet the noise, give our body what it most needs and enhance our digestion.
 
So we are asking you to experience the season by picking fruits and vegetables that are truly in season and that add to the variety of foods you eat now.
 
Since we’re still in Fall, here are some of the best foods of the season:
 
Acorn Squash Fruits
Arugula Pears
Endives Cranberries
Broccoli Grapes
Brussels Sprouts
Passion Fruit
Butter Bibb Lettuce
Buttercup Squash
Grapefruit
Pomegranates
Cauliflower
Radishes
Hot peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Jicama
Kale
Swiss Chard
Pumpkin
Mushrooms
Winter Squash
 
And for those year round, always in season fruits and vegetables:
 
Beet Greens
Bok Choy
Carrots
Celery
Leeks
Onions
Lemons
Apples
Papayas
Broccoli
 
Please use this information as an opportunity to reconnect with nature and experience the seasons. Nature is a cycle very similar to the cycle of the human body. So when we follow that cycle and alternate throughout the seasons, it’s more in line with what our body needs and craves.  
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