Eating Locally And Seasonally
For Health and Good Karma
It’s Fall- the leaves are changing, and it’s time for pumpkin picking, Halloween costumes and warm sweaters. And just like our wardrobes change, as the seasons change, so should our diets. Gone are the fresh strawberries and stone fruits of Summer. It’s harvest time for many sweet root vegetables and the perfect time for seasonal eating.
Seasonal food is produce that is purchased and consumed around the time that it is harvested. It’s important to eat seasonally; seasonal food is fresher and more nutritious than food consumed out of season. It is best to purchase directly from a local grower shortly after harvest; the food is fresher, with no long distances for transport. Just like eating sushi in the desert is never a good idea, eating those strawberries in the dead of winter is not natural.
Why eat locally? Local food benefits the environment, and buying locally grown foods helps support local farms. It’s good for the economy in your community. Think “Farm to Table" – food grown locally, processed locally and distributed locally keeps people employed in your area and subsequently helps stimulate local economies.
Educate yourself. Are they using pesticides? Local farmers are less likely to use pesticides and herbicides than conventional producers. When you buy directly, you have the opportunity to ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops.
How to eat locally:
Take a trip to your local farmers’ market
Read the package to see where those tomatoes came from – If you don’t live in Mexico, perhaps it’s not a good idea to eat produce from there.
Check out this guide to find out about seasonal food: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide
Most of the produce included in the Seasonal Food Guide can be found at your local farmers’ market, through local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): http://www.localfarmmarkets.org/CNONfarmmarkets.php
Some thoughts on Harvest:
“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” B.C Forbes
What are you planting, harvesting and manifesting? Think about the “seeds” that you plant daily. Are they moving you towards a greater state of health or away from it? The Fall Harvest is a great time for reflection and contemplation. What are your goals? What seeds are you planting to harvest? Journal your goals and make an action plan. Do daily and weekly check-ins to chart your progress. The little steps we take, the small seeds we plant, carefully tended to will yield positive results – one day at a time.
“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.” – Meister Eckhart
It’s HARVEST time. Enjoy the bounty and the good health and happiness that comes along with it.
Beth Shaw is the founder and CEO of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide. She is a best selling author of three books- YogaFit, YogaLean and the YogaFit Athlete. Vistit her online at www.bethshaw.com and to find a YogaFit training near you www.yogafit.com