How to Eat Healthy Through the Seasons
You know you should be eating healthy, but it is so much easier said than done, right? If you have been pushing off healthy eating habits thinking that it would be too tough to follow, the trick is to eat according to the season. This not only helps you eat more organic foods but also lets you relish the best taste of every fruit and vegetable. Here are a few other tips for eating healthy in every season.
Summertime means enjoying the outdoors, but you need to resist the temptation to tuck into unhealthy street food and junk items. Food poisoning cases are the highest during the summer months as the warm temperature helps bacteria in food grow. In fact, about 48 million Americans suffer food poisoning each year. So instead, take advantage of the abundant fresh produce available at this time. Here are a few tips on eating healthy during the hot days:
- Add lots of fresh fruit to your diet as these can counter the loss of fluid in your body (due to sweating). Moreover, fruits contain vitamins and nutrients that strengthen your immune system. Seasonal strawberry, watermelon, summer squash, etc. are good choices.
- Ice creams are tempting, but refrain from eating too much sugar. Instead, go for healthier sweets like sugar-free and low-fat versions of sorbet and ice cream.
- One common mistake people make in summers is drinking really chilled beverages. While this can feel refreshing at the time, the intake of cold liquids can cause your skin’s blood vessels to contract and reduce the loss of heat from your body.
Spring time is a cheery time with flowers in full bloom, and pleasant weather. This is also the time when fresh herbs and leafy vegetables are plentiful, which makes eating healthy easy and fun. Here’s what you need to eat and what to avoid:
- Spinach, Swiss chard, basil, parsley, and lettuce are some of the foods that are easily available during spring, so add a lot of these healthy foods to your diet. The idea is that the greenery around you at this time should reflect on your plate.
- Many people suffer from allergies in this season, and if you are one of them, stay away from celery, almonds, and alcohol. Better yet, consult a doctor to see what you can and cannot eat according to your specific allergy.
Fall and Winter
Once fall arrives, most people start looking forward to the cooler season and the many joys that winter brings. Keeping your body warm becomes essential to remaining fit in these months, so here’s what you can do:
- Go for autumn harvest foods in the fall like onions, carrots, garlic, and sweet potato. Using natural spices like ginger, peppercorn, and garlic makes your diet even healthier.
- You can add warmer foods like meat to your diet and enjoy delicious, nutritious broths to beat the cold. However, keep the portions in check and go for leaner proteins to avoid gaining weight.
- Eat fresh oranges as the Vitamin C in the fruit helps fight free radicals. You can have them whole or added in cakes and other dishes.
Eating foods according to the season not only helps you eat fresh and healthy, but can also save you a lot of money. Contrary to popular opinion, healthy eating is not a cumbersome task. Instead, seasonal eating can add wonderful variety to your diet and make it interesting. Just a little planning is all it takes. Moreover, you will love visiting farmers’ markets to pick from colorful, fresh, seasonal produce. You may be amazed by what eating a nice seasonal diet (along with getting adequate exercise) can do for your body and your mind!
Author: Paige Johnson
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