The Benefits of Eating SeasonallyJennifer
The most important step on my journey to living free has been learning to eat free. For me, this means a diet free of gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars, plus rotating my food, choosing organic unprocessed foods clear of GMOS, and eating seasonally.
Eating seasonally is one of the best things you can do for your body for a few different reasons:
1. Fresher and More Flavorful Produce
Freshly picked produce that’s in season has the most beautiful flavor imaginable. A sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine; summer strawberries bursting with sweetness; plump and juicy pomegranate seeds; all produce is better when it is fresh, fully developed and has spent limited time in transit.
2. A Rotating Diet
If you have food sensitivities like I do, you may want to consider a rotation diet. The premise behind a rotation diet is to minimize exposure to any one food in sensitive bodies prone to developing allergic reactions. The one rule: never eat any food more than once every four days.
Eating seasonally makes a rotation diet easier, as it introduces new ingredients into the mix of what you normally eat and allows you more flexibility.
3. Budget Friendly Ingredients
When produce is in season, and the crops are plentiful, prices will drop due to supply and demand. This means eating seasonally is a budget-friendly way to work fresh produce into your diet.
4. New Recipes
One of the most fun parts of my owning and running my bakery is finding new ingredients and flavor combinations to try. Of course, being limited to ingredients that are free of most allergens make things harder, but there’s no better reward than finding a recipe that’s good for your body, and tastes great. Consider working with seasonal ingredients your own challenge and get creative with new recipes and flavor profiles each season. I’ll be sharing a new recipe each week here on the blog as well to inspire you.