- Just How Big Is China? Bigger Than You Think (marketingcurry.wordpress.com)
Since produce is available to us year round, it can be difficult trying to understand what is actually in season and what is not. Of course you should always look for ripe, fresh fruits and vegetables, however you might want to check with your local grocer to see what is the perfect food for each season. But until then…..here is a simple guide to help get you started…
winter squash (acorn, butternut, buttercup, delicata, hubbard, kabocha)
sugar, snap and snow peas
HEY, WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?:
According to Esther Blum, author of Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist’s Guide to Living Well While Living It Up, fresh food is also the most nutritious. And that nutritional boost might pay off under the mistletoe: “When your diet is naturally richer in vitamins and minerals then you are going to increase your chances of beating a cold and keeping your immune system solid through the holiday party season,” says Blum.
Yummm!!! That’s good enough for me!!
Seriously, we can be such idiots when we are hungry.
Do you realize that we have completely transformed what, when and how we eat, since our great-grandparent’s day? We live our lives in such a hurry, eating in our cars, in front of our televisions sets or standing in the kitchen. We throw frozen food in little plastic trays in the microwave and don’t even give it a second thought. We have forgotten to stop and enjoy the aromas, feel the textures or even taste our food. (I’m guilty too!)
Back in our great-grandparents day, or even our grandparents day (depending on your age), most had gardens and did their own growing and harvesting. As Michael Pollan states, “If it came from the planet, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.”
Back in the 1850s, the women of rural American were still primarily cooking with ingredients that were grown on their own farms or in their gardens. Any foods they couldn’t produce themselves were often purchased in bulk from the local general store. Can you imagine if our ancestors were to walk into our grocery stores today? The center of the store, where the packaged, over processed foods live, is larger than the produce section!
Our ancestors ate whole and unprocessed vegetables, along with fruits, grains, beans and nuts. They didn’t run to the freezer section to grab some frozen french fries or a lean cuisine.
Somewhere along the way we became disconnected from the real foods that have to be plucked, harvested or squeezed and have chosen the ‘easy‘ way.
The good news is that we CAN change and our health will benefit in the long run.
Buy live, organic foods. If you are able to make a trip each day to the store your food will be that much fresher! Take a few minutes to inspect your produce carefully. Remember, organic produce may be less colorful or less perfectly shaped, but have you every bought a big, red tomato from the grocery store only to find out that it was weak and had no flavor? YUK! They might not look perfect, but at least you know there aren’t pesticides sprayed all over them.
Start paying attention to the times of the day that you eat your food. Use all your senses. Look at your food, smell your food and enjoy your food! Make it special! Turn off the television and play some relaxing music. Start your meal off with a blessing. Sit at the table, even if you are alone, and maybe it’s time to pull out the good china! Try to place your fork back on the plate after each bite so you can focus on what you are eating.
You’re worth it! The point is to be relaxed and chew slowly.
Now…be sure you have living foods on your plate! You may be surprised to find that by making good choices now, you can dramatically improve the quality of your life!