Season based & Time based Foods
What are Season based & Time based Foods ?
SEASON BASED FOODS :
- The arrival of beautiful fall weather is a great reminder of the importance of eating healthy with the seasons.
- The changing of the seasons provides us with the unique opportunity to buy a variety of fantastic foods that are only available during that season. Seasonal foods offer a natural diversity that we should take advantage of when eating healthy for both our own well being and the health of our planet.
REASONS FOR EATING IN SEASONS:
- 1. Flavor Produce that have been allowed to fully ripen in the sun taste amazing! Freshly picked produce has the optimal flavor – crispy, fragrant, juicy and colorful.
- 2. Nutrition - Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonally fresh produce is picked when they’re ripe and fully developed. The plant has had more sun exposure, which means it will have higher levels of antioxidants!
- 3. Environment - Seasonal produce can grow without too much added human assistance i.e. pesticides and genetically modification. We know how these toxic compounds can contaminate the water and soil and also our health. Seasonal food is more likely to be locally produced as well, which reduces the load on our environment due to transport, or “food mileage”.
- 4. Home Cooking - Eating seasonally also forces you to cook more -- and there really is nothing better you could do for your health. When you start to take back control of what you put in to your body, which oil you choose to cook with, how much sugar you add to your food etc, you are consciously making better choices for your health.
- 5. Support of Your Seasonal Needs - The natural cycle of produce is perfectly designed to support our health.
Apples grow in the fall and they are the perfect transition food helping the body get rid of excess heat and cool down before winter. In the spring the abundance of leafy greens help us alkalize, detox and loose some extra pounds after a long winter of heavier foods. In the summer we need to cool down and stay hydrated by eating more fruits, berries, cucumber, watermelon etc. Building a lifestyle around seasonal food facilitates the body’s natural healing process.
HOW TO DO IT...???
- 1. In the spring - focus on leafy vegetables that represent the fresh new growth of this season. The greening that occurs in springtime should be represented by greens on your plate, including Swiss chard, spinach, romaine lettuce, fresh parsley and basil.
- 2. In the summer stick with light, cooling foods. These foods include fruits like strawberries, apples, pears and plums and vegetables like summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower and corn (non GMO of course!).
- 3. In the fall - turn toward the more warming autumn harvest foods, including carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic. Emphasize the more warming spices including ginger, peppercorns and mustard seeds.
- 4. In the winter - turn even more towards warming foods. Remember the principle that foods taking longer to grow are generally more warming than foods that grow quickly. Most of the root vegetables, including carrots, potatoes, squash, onions and garlic.
TIME BASED FOODS :
- Eating food may sound very simple in itself but it's the simple mistakes we make that make a huge difference. It is important to know that when it comes to eating, the timing of meals is the key.
- How often do you delay your breakfast or skip your meal after a heavy workout? How often do you eat right before bedtime? Do you have long gaps between meals? The best times to eat can be a tricky question to answer.
Here we demystify it for you
- - Eat within 30 minutes of waking up
- - Ideal time to have breakfast is 7am
- - Do not delay breakfast later than 10am
- - Make sure you have protein in your breakfast.
- - Ideal time to have lunch is 12.45pm
- - Try and keep a gap of 4 hours between your breakfast and lunch
- - Do not delay lunch later than 4pm.
- - The ideal time to have dinner is before 7pm
- - You should keep a gap of 3 hours between your dinner and bedtime
- - Do not delay dinner later than 10pm
- - Eating close to bedtime can interfere with the quality of sleep
- - Never workout (especially weight training) on empty stomach
- - The right pre-workout meal could be protein sandwich (with chicken, tuna etc), protein shake, scrambled egg with whole wheat bread, peanut butter sandwich