If it grows like a tomato and looks like a tomato…
Have you ever bitten into a beautiful red tomato in the winter and enjoyed it? I doubt it. There is nothing quite as delicious as a summer tomato ripened on the vine and plucked just in time for dinner. Just like there is nothing like the tasteless version we find in stores in the wintertime. Yum, cardboard.
Seasonal Eating 101…
Before we had produce imported from 1000’s of miles away, from countries all over the world, at all times of year, we had no choice but to eat seasonally. There were no grocery stores, only what you were able to harvest yourself.
Eating seasonally means that you eat a food at its peak either in terms of harvest or flavor. Tomatoes taste amazing in the summer because that’s when they are supposed to be grown and eaten. The same can be said for any food at its peak. So a tomato in the dead of winter may be convenient and tempting but it doesn’t really make any sense.
Mother Nature is a Smarty Pants…
She provides the exact right foods for perfect health – exactly when you need them most. Dr. John Douillard points out that in his book, “The 3-Season Diet” that there are 3 main harvests: spring, summer, and fall. Each of the harvests offers us a different bounty perfectly suited to our body’s needs in that season.
Spring is traditionally known as the wet and sticky season. Here in NM, we mostly feel those spring characteristics in our sinuses and itchy eyes as allergies. Knowing this, Mother Nature provides us with an antidote in the way of food.
In the spring, there is a bounty of tender, leafy vegetables, bitter greens, and berries. The greening that occurs in springtime should be represented by what’s on your plate, including swiss chard, spinach, romaine lettuce, fresh parsley, basil and berries. Now is the time to include a fresh raw salad into your diet daily. Foods that increase congestion (dairy products, refined carbs, and high fat foods) should be avoided or minimized during this time especially if you’re suffering with allergies.
Ultimate Spring Green Smoothie
- 2 big handfuls of raw spinach or other green of choice
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen berries (you choose)
—>Blend until smooth. PS: You can add protein, green powders, or nut butters to your taste as well.
The summer is typically hot and dry so Mother Nature provides us a bounty of cooling fruits and vegetables to enjoy throughout the season.
Winter is cold and dry so Mother Nature provides us with roots, fats, and proteins for sustained energy to get us through to the spring.
The 3-Season Diet Makes Sense…
If we still ate seasonally, we’d be on high protein diet in fall and winter, a high-carb low-fat diet in summer, and a low-fat and low-calorie diet in the spring. Dr. Douillard argues that diets fail (for many reasons) but mainly because we’re not supposed to only eat one way throughout the entire year. As the harvest changes – so should our diet. Makes sense to me.
Does that mean we should only eat what’s in season? That’s not very realistic today but it is healthful to make sure to focus on incorporating those foods during that season – not to mention cost effective. Foods out of season tend to be much more expensive.
Support your body in a spring detox…
Spring is a great time to do a Cleanse because that’s exactly what your body is already doing. It’s shedding the layers you held onto to sustain you in the colder months. It’s great if you want to shed a few pounds, start a new routine, discover food allergies, and stop cravings. It can even help you tame those allergies.
Cleansing is part of my health routine a couple times per year. I decided to package that system for other people to easily incorporate it into their lives. I’ve done the work for you and made the process super simple. Don’t worry, this Cleanse is focused on eating whole foods – no starving required. See what others are saying about the program and if it might be right for you, click here.
Benefits of Seasonal Eating
- It’s healthier (more nutritious)
- It’s cheaper
- It tastes better
- It’s better for the environment
4 Super Easy Ways to Eat Seasonally
- Shop at the Farmer’s Market – there are only seasonal foods available there
- Pay attention to what’s actually in season using the resources listed below and buy those – your wallet will thank you
- Grow your own food – go ahead and get dirty
- Join a CSA – This requires you to pay farmer’s a certain amount of money but in return you also get some of their harvest. How beautiful is that.
- Locavore App (free) – the easiest way to find local, in-season food. Pinpoint nearby farmers’ markets & farms that sell the products you love. Discover seasonal recipes.
Know of something else? Please share your inspirations and resources in the comments below.