As hearty soups are being replaced with fresh salads and the weather gets warmer, we may feel changes in our routine, feelings, and even our eating preferences. We are able to stay out later, breathe more fresh air, and even feel a little more sunshine! Our bodies react to the changing of seasons, even including the foods we feel like eating. Are our bodies trying to tell us something?
Over the years, our bodies have adapted to best suit our environment, helping guide us to the nutrients we most need. This still happens, whether we listen to these instincts very well or not. Our tastes and preferences shift with the seasons to help our bodies thrive in each changing condition. “During the springtime, we lean towards more detoxifying light foods, like leafy greens and citrus. In the summer, it’s cooling foods like fruit and raw foods. The fall is all about grounding root vegetables and nuts. During the winter, it’s more warming, oily, heavy foods, like meat and dairy.” -Damien Fanish
Is it ‘better’ for us to eat seasonally? Eating with the seasons usually means we have a higher chance of eating the food that was grown closer to us geographically. No matter the season, when we eat food grown more locally, there is a higher chance that it is fresher, full of more nutrients and less chemicals. When we know where our food comes from, we often have a greater awareness and appreciation for what we are putting into our bodies.
Most of us don’t know when our food is in season. For the most part, we have become so detached from our food sources that we have come to expect fresh fruit and veg year-round without a second thought as to how it got to us. Here in the UK, now is the time! Springtime is the perfect chance to understand and even see firsthand where our local food comes from!
How can we start?
First, we can do a little research. There are so many ways to go about finding out where our food comes from, when it is most available, and where to get it; all we have to do is ask. Now is the perfect time.
Find out what our barriers are. If budget is the main thing holding us back from even considering shopping for locally grown produce, we just need to dig a little deeper! If location or transport are the issue, there are quite a few helping hands to take a look at!
Try growing something of your own! If you’ve ever been curious or even needing a push to get back out there, now is the perfect time to try your hand at growing your own food. Take a look at this monthly guide to gardening for some motivation and guidance!
Find the markets nearby. Farmer’s markets are the best way to find the farmers- and the food. If we can’t make it to the farmer, there are quite a few new apps and services that brings the fresh, local food to us!
Listening to our bodies. Spring is all about discovery, detoxing, and healing. Listening to our bodies is one of the most crucial ways to start. When we pay more attention to what our bodies need, we can set a more solid foundation for our health.
Have fun! No matter the weather or location, we can take advantage of the resources around us (especially the food.) This spring, we can all be a bit more adventurous and try to shake up our eating habits by getting back to our roots!
Let us know your thoughts about eating seasonally in the comments below!