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What Is Seasonal Eating?

The new year has passed and the days are getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter in the Southern.  Between cold temperatures and tremendous amounts of darkness, a diet filled with nutrients that aid our bodies is necessary.  The owner of NuYu Revolution, Susan Rappaport, didn’t start her fitness journey until she was 39 years old. She is a weight loss success story and credits her own struggle with obesity and dieting for her eventual foray into a life of fitness.

Susan notes that ‘Many of us have our go-to foods that we habitually choose to eat through the year, but our body’s nutritional needs do, in fact, change along with nature. Eating thoughtfully with the seasons will support our body’s health, energy, and can even heighten our spirits.’

She continues:

  • If we eat seasonally, consuming fruits and vegetables that nature has given us at that precise time, the result is said to be that we will feel better, more youthful, and have a stronger immune system.
  • Making food selections based on a spring, summer, fall, winter cycle, is believed to help keep the body in balance to avoid illness. 
  • Nature gives us what we need when we need it, so being mindful and selecting fresh and local fruits and vegetables is always a good choice. Seasonal food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious than food consumed out of season. Plus, it is less expensive, and supports the environment.
  • Foods grown closer to where we live are harvested at the peak of freshness, and are not forced to undergo unnatural preserving processes. A recent study found that direct-to-consumer producers used less pesticides and herbicides than conventional producers. Eating locally exposes us to many options we may not otherwise eat, which is good for our health by adding a variety of nutrients to our diets and enhances our ability to combat illness.

Like any diet change undertaking, don’t go crazy with it! There are great benefits, but if it becomes your law, you may lose sight of the benefits. If your doctor recommends that you eat more leafy greens, and kale or collards are out of season but available in your store, don’t pass them up just to “eat seasonally.” Being mindful of seasonal eating gives you a whole new perspective and puts you on a path of awareness. Do what you can, when you can, and the winds of seasonal change will likely blow you in the direction of all around better health, which is a welcome byproduct all year round!

Ideal Winter Vitamins & The Foods Where Can Find Them:

Vitamin A:

Supports our immune system functions to help ward off illness.

Can be found in:

Bell Pepper

Carrots

Collard Greens

Fish

Kale

Liver

Mustard Greens

Milk

Parsley

Pumpkin

Red Cabbage

Sweet Potato

Swiss Chard

Turnips

Spinach

Vitamin B:

Essential in nerve function, supports brain function and red blood cells.

Can be found in:

Avocados

Dates

Parsnip

Pear

Pineapple

Kale

Red Cabbage

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnips

Turnip Greens

Mustard Greens

Vitamin C:

Supports immune system and energy. Is an antioxidant, protects cells, improves iron absorption, promotes healthy teeth and gums, heals wounds, and strengthens the body to resist infection.

Can be found in:

Avocado

Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Brussel Sprouts

Cranberries

Grapefruit

Lemons

Mandarins

Oranges

Parsnip

Pears

Pineapple

Rutabagas

Turnips

Vitamin D:

Derived from both food and sunlight. Supports bone health, immune system, and calcium absorption. Helps keep bones strong and healthy.

Can be found in:

Kale

Seafood

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens

Mustard Greens

Vitamin E:

Antioxidant, protects cells, helps body process vitamin K more efficiently, and repairs muscle cells.

Can be found in:

Avocados

Certain Nuts and Seeds

Kale

Mustard Greens

Parsnip

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens

Vitamin K:

Supports the clotting of the blood and bone density. Protects against osteoporosis.

Can be found in:

Asparagus

Avocado

Broccoli

Kale

Nuts

Seeds

Pears

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens

Iron: Supports the oxygen being carried throughout the body, and promotes the making of red blood cells.

Can be found in:

Dark Chocolate

Dates

Legumes

Liver

Red Meat

Organ Meats

Nuts

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Quinoa

Seeds

Shellfish

Spinach

Squash

Tofu

Potassium: Decreases risk of stroke, lowers blood pressure, preserves muscle mass and bone density. Regulates fluid balance and controls the electrical activity of the heart and other muscles

Can be found in:

Apricots

Bananas

Broccoli

Dates

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mushrooms

Oranges

Peas

Prunes

Raisins

Rutabagas

Spinach

Sweet Potatoes

Zinc:

Zinc supports our immune system and helps our body’s ability to ward off illness.

Can be found in:

Beans

Dairy

Eggs

Mustard Greens

Nuts

Oysters

Red Meat

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Turnip Greens