Eat Seasonal Produce From Your Local Ecosystem

Eating Healthy Feels Good

One of the biggest gifts that you can give to yourself is the gift of good health. For people that are overweight, obese or diabetic, eating healthy to manage weight is a lifelong goal and one that can be obtained by incorporating just a few simple lifestyle changes.

As autumn arrives and the harvest month is upon us, preparing natural, healthy and seasonal fruits and vegetables is an easy way to cut back on unhealthy fats, carbohydrates and calories while still enjoying wonderful fresh foods. Remember that by eating seasonal harvest products, your body is getting a range of different nutrients and enjoying the benefits of high fiber diets that help prevent blood sugar spikes and help you to feel full longer.

Eating from your local ecosystem benefits you and your local environment. Your body is designed to eat locally. It can benefit the most from locally grown fruits and vegetables that are fresh as opposed to fruits and vegetables that are grown in other states or regions of the country and shipped or driven from far away. Produce from far regions sit on trucks or shelves for long periods of time before they get to your dinner table. During that process, the food loses some of its nutritional value. The local environment benefits too when you eat local produce by using less fuel for transport and by causing less pollution.

Ideas to Try

If you don’t have a garden, look for your nearest farmer’s market. This will allow you to eat locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables that are bursting with flavor. Be adventurous and try new squashes, leafy greens, root vegetables and beautiful tomatoes, peppers and fruits.

Just a sample of some more unusual fall vegetables include artichokes, endive, broccoli raab, celery root, chard, fennel, kohlrabi, kale, leeks, and all types of squashes including acorn, butternut, delicata, hubbard and kabocha along with pumpkins of all types and sizes.

Squash makes a great addition in a hearty vegetarian stew or soup and is full of fiber and rich taste. It can also be baked or grilled with your favorite fresh or dried herbs and a brush of olive oil. Leafy greens can be steamed or stir fried in a small amount of olive oil or chicken stock for a wonderful, fresh addition to a fish or chicken dish.

When it comes to fall fruits look for the many varieties of apples which are great for a satisfying snack with some natural peanut butter or almond butter.  Figs are also in season, as are grapes, pears and pomegranates that are a simple and healthy snack any time of the day.

Eating seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables will help with weight loss and controlling blood sugar spikes. When your weight is under control you will have more energy and feel lighter and more healthy overall. You will be able enjoy your life more without the complications obesity and uncontrolled diabetes to hold you back. 

Another great tip is to do a Seasonal Detox, and the beginning of fall is the perfect time to do one! If you’d like more information on joining me in my fall detox group, email me at dr.michele.colon@gmail.com or sign up for a free consultation here: https://my.timetrade.com/book/Y1THR 

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