There is a lot that goes into both of these topics. They each should really be a post of their own and perhaps down the road I will expand on each of them, but I want to at least highlight a little about the importance of seasonal eating and why and when organic is most important. Especially right now since this is a great time of with all the farmer’s markets popping up everywhere. Seasonal eating goes hand in hand with supporting your local farmers.
Lets start with seasonal eating benefits. The freshness and quality of taste are at it’s peak. With this in mind, your local farmers most likely have these items on hand for you to purchase from them. When you buy local, you know where your food is coming from and you can find out how they maintain their crop. You are also supporting your local farmers to helping the economy in your area! Local farmers are so important so we want to support them and keep them around! The other benefit of eating seasonal is YOU will feel your best. We tend to take on the energy of the foods we eat. For example, in the cooler weather you will notice you crave more heavy & warm foods such as squash, sweet potatoes, apples etc… and in the warmer seasons we crave light, cooling foods such as berries and assorted greens. I know that is broad but you can check out what’s in season in your area here: http://www.simplesteps.org/eat-local/state/virginia You will notice you FEEL BETTER when you eat seasonally. It’s what nature intended, which is why certain foods are grown at certain times of the year. And depending on where you live and the climate, your body needs different nutrients. I know it seems crazy, how can a specific food and specific times of the year make me feel better? Well, try for yourself. Experiment with it.
This chart is a very general guideline for seasonal eating. Again, refer to website above to get specifics for your area.
*Oh and did I mention when you eat seasonally, prices are usually cheaper?
Now to organic…why and when? To increase the quantities of fruit and vegetables they are filled with chemicals/pesticides (since I like simple, that’s as complex and scientific as I am going :D). When those seeds are planted into chemical infested soil, that goes right into our body as well when we eat what was grown and sent to the supermarket. Make sense right? You wouldn’t drink harmful chemicals so why would you eat it? (Unless you drink soda…i’ll ramble on that another time.) Certain fruits & vegetables have a stronger skin to protect themselves from the spraying of pesticides or they have high antifungal properties that kill off the chemicals where as others are not as protected. Yes, organic costs a little bit more… to be honest it’s usually only a few cents to a dollar more. It’s worth it if you save on medical bills which can add up to thousands right? But if you are going to be selective with what you buy organic, use this chart below as a guideline to the dirtiest and cleanest produce. And when it comes to animal proteins… I suggest ALWAYS buy organic/grass fed. Again, that’s another topic I won’t get into today.
Hope this helps! 🙂
Today’s Green Breakfast Smoothie:
1 Cup TJ Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1/2 Tbls Coconut Oil, 1 Tbls of PB2, 1 Tbls of Chia Seeds, 1/2 Banana, Approx 1- 2 cup of spinach/kale mix, about 1/4 cup of Nutrilite’s chocolate protein powder