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As the leaves begin to turn and the temperature slowly drops, it’s time to start thinking about fall flavors and the benefits of eating seasonally. Our ancestors depended on the bounty of the seasons to fill their bellies and nourish their bodies. Their diets consisted of what could be grown, foraged, or hunted. Now we have access to a wide variety of foods at any time, which can steer us away from the concept of seasonal eating. Many consider seasonal eating not only more flavorful as you are consuming foods at their natural peak, but also consider seasonal eating to be more healthful and in tune to our body’s needs . These foods also encourage us to get outside into the sunshine, move more, and refresh for a new season. Fall is rich in high-protein, starchy foods that help boost energy and support recovery. In the spring there is a harvest of low-fat, bitter roots and leafy greens that support cleansing and detoxifying. Summer brings carbohydrate rich fruits and vegetables to support digestion, boost energy, hydrate the body, and stockpile vitamins and minerals. Seasonal eating varies based on culture and climate, and it’s important to consider all aspects of what seasonal eating means to you. From choosing foods that are grown in season, to selecting preparation methods that fit the climate, seasonal eating is dynamic and fun to explore. Eat what makes you feel good year round and enjoy the changing of the seasons! Author: Sarah Mattison Berndt, MS, RD, CD Owner Fit Fresh Cuisine & Hybrid Athletic Club
Source: Complete Nutrition

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