Did you know every season change is an indication we also need to change how we eat? It seems simple right? Eat lighter meals in the summer and heavier meals in the winter! We didn’t have to think about this fact back in the day as we would naturally eat what was ripe and in our natural immediate environment. If you stop to think about refrigeration, we start to piece even more together: More meats and animal fats in winter (when we could store meat better) and more fruits and vegetables (and less meat) in summer when everything is growing!
These days things are different: We humans are typically eating the same food all year round, or we are eating things that aren’t even from our particular environment to begin with! When you stop to think about all this it does sound a little cray cray LOL.
The advantages of eating in season are that your body is getting the highest nutritional value possible from each food. Also important and often not talked about- on the ‘offseason,’ your body gets to have a break as you rotate to different foods. This is like detoxing without detoxing! There are benefits in both the time on and the time off as we rotate the different foods. Additionally, local economies benefit from eating in season- even more so if you search out some farmer’s markets. We really love getting to farmer’s markets when we can and buying produce and local products that way. Having a conversation with the person who grew your food is powerful!
* Farmers Markets
* Local co-ops- These are great if you can’t get to local markets. Co-ops often have one delivery day for produce only selling what has been grown in farms they source from.
* Organic Stores
* Grow your own- You learn about the growing process, create a sense of achievement and create awareness of where food comes from.
* Do some research- I have only skimmed the surface on this topic. The more you know the more awareness you create. Become interactive with the foods you get and reap the benefits.
Lastly, we have come into Autumn, So what is in season?
– Broccoli, cauliflower
– Brussel Sprouts
– Buttercup Squash, Butternut, Kumara, Carrots,
– Celery (late autumn), Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Silverbeet
– Rhubarb, Apples, Kiwifruit, Limes, Pears, Persimmons