Eating In Season~
Eating foods when nature produces them is what people the world over have done naturally throughout most of history, before supermarkets landed on every corner of the landscape and processed foods became ubiquitous. Seasonal eating is also a cornerstone of several ancient and holistic medical traditions, which view it as integral to good health and emotional balance.
Seasonal eating means two things….building meals around foods that have just been harvested at their peak and adjusting your diet to meet the particular health challenges of winter, spring, summer and fall. While it may seem like a luxury to have any food we want, anytime we want it, eating foods in season is directly related to how well our system functions .
( if we dress our body in layers of heavy clothing in August…the body will sweat and actually become sick if not unburdened of the load…the same applies to what we put into our stomach…heavy foods in summer makes extra work for the entire system….leaving it exhausted and in the fight or flight mode…not a good place for it to be!)
(If, we opt for salads in the cold winter months…again the fight or flight mode kicks in and will pull vital nutrients needed for warmth and stability from other places …leaving someone without winter fuel for survival.)
Seasonal eating connects us to the calendar and often to one another, reminding us of simple joys — apple picking on a clear autumn day, slicing a juicy red tomato in the heat of summer, celebrating winter holidays with belly-warming fare. Secondly, produce picked and eaten at its peak has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances.
**Today’s landscape does not have a farm or a kitchen garden on every corner,
however, with thought and a little planning we can still accomplish the goal and reap the benefits of Seasonal Eating.
I hope this little series has sparked a notion that settles in for the season and dines with you daily! Nothing better than good company over good food!