Seasonal Eating Decoded: Autumn

Seasonal eating. So beyond easy, but why do so few do it? Don't even know what it means? Don't worry, you're not alone. Let me break it down for you.

Not too long ago, I was completely oblivious to seasonal eating. Summer meant watermelon. Winter meant roasted veggies. But other than that, I ate my go-to produce all twelve months of the year. The American grocery store made it easy for me to get oranges in September, and when I wanted an orange, I had one regardless of the month.

Over the years I began to learn what's actually in season when (and no, I don't live on a farm). As I paid more attention to my seasonal choices, I started to feel more vibrant and healthy. Ever notice how eating potatoes at a summer BBQ can leave you feeling heavy, or how much your fruit-loving friend hates getting through winter? If the temperature around you does not mirror the foods you eat, your body will require more energy to adjust to its surroundings. Eat in accordance to the seasons; you'll have more energy to live life to the fullest. So easy!

Whether you're mortified of your kitchen or cook often, you don't have to throw everything you're already eating out the window, nor do you need to start eating this way 100% of the time (which usually brings on that familiar promise: "I'll start Monday"). Just a few additions of seasonal foods throughout the week will do wonders to your life. I guarantee it. 

Because I want you to know where to start, I made this chart (partly for myself, but mostly for you). If you're wondering what to feed yourself this week, chances are you'll feel insanely good if you eat a few of the foods from below. Enjoy and share.

"Seasonal" produce will vary based on your location. A local farmers' market is a great place to start, but if you don't have time to get there, just do the best with what you have!

"Seasonal" produce will vary based on your location. A local farmers' market is a great place to start, but if you don't have time to get there, just do the best with what you have!