Healthy Eating: Local and In-Season

Just a small taste of the community atmosphere all over CFWest.

We’re in week 5 of our Paleo Challenge, and the reports are fantastic!  So many of you are making changes in your eating habits, and many of you are already committed to maintaining these changes, even after the Challenge ends.

Every now and then you need to re-evaluate your food choices.  Paleo people are notorious for falling into “safe” food ruts, eating bacon and broccoli over and over.  It’s easy to let this happen-bacon is delicious and broccoli is sold in huge bags at Costco.  But we all know there is a world of colorful, flavorful, nutrient-varied food out there that we could be enjoying more.  One of the key elements of varying your diet is learning to eat seasonally.  Here in California we are blessed with an abundance of fruit and vegetable choices at any given time in the year.  Just because we can buy something now, doesn’t mean it is the best choice.

Shopping seasonally comes with many benefits:

  1. Eating seasonally encourages you to eat locally.  Local, seasonal food doesn’t have to travel far to get to you, and you are able to support our many local farmers.
  2. Eating seasonally is better for you.  Foods that are in season have a chance to fully ripen.  Fully ripened food will have more nutrients.  These foods also often have fewer chemical ripening agents and waxy coatings.
  3. Eating seasonally saves you money.  It costs much less to grow and ship food in season, so the prices of food in-season are usually much less.
  4. Eating seasonally tastes better.  There is absolutely no comparison between a hot-house, winter tomato and a vine-ripened summer tomato.  Eating food fresh, in-season, and simply prepared can changed your whole opinion on that food!  We all know this about tomatoes, but have you noticed the taste difference in squash?  You can get pre-cut butternut squash almost all year now, but buy it now, uncut, in all its flavorful, nutrient-rich glory.  There is a huge difference!
  5. Eating seasonally is easy!  Be sure to visit one of our many local farmers’ markets or local grocery stores that indicate produce from local farmers.  For the ultimate in seasonal produce, check out the many Community Supported Agriculture programs in our area.  Picking up your weekly box of whatever the farmers grow for you each week is a great way to learn to eat in season.

What is your favorite way to prepare one of these in-season fruits or vegetables!

-Leah

Eat those winter veggies!!

LATE FEBRUARY and Early March

Apples, Asparagus, Avocados, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Fennel,Grapefruit, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Pears, Pistachios,  Radishes, Rutabaga, Scallions,  Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Turnips

Workout:

Snatch

find your 1RM

Then:

5 Rounds

15 Box Jumps(24/20)

20 Push Ups

25 double unders