I was just curious if the hackers here find that they eat the same foods and ratio of foods day in and day out all year (as a lot of blogs seem to show) or if they follow a more seasonal way of eating.
I try and eat different ratios of protein, carbs, fats according to nature, but was curious to see what the rest of you do and whether this works for you or has created a rut?
I have never eaten the same things year round and this year I expect more distinct seasonal variations than ever because I'm emphasizing whole foods.
Here in southern Nevada the climate is very hot, so my food choices will simulate a more temperate location. I will emphasize raw greens, vegetables and fruit to a greater extent during the growth season and my meat rotation will be "lighter" with more fish/shellfish. I don't expect to make bone broth as often and, when I do, I'll put the slow-cooker outside and, for the first time, may experiment with eating my broth in "jello" form.
Next fall, I plan to eat more starch, nuts and fattier meats along with fall fruits such as apples and pears. Next winter I'm going to ban non-starchy stuff, etc.
There is a caveat--if at any point I find I'm not enjoying the "strictly seasonal" approach I'll cheerfully throw it out the window and adjust as needed for satiation and high energy.
I eat seasonally by necessity (blah blah blah, our year-round CSA--I feel like I mention it every other answer I give). Anyway, I eat more raw veggies, eggs, etc., in the summer and more starch in the fall and winter. I find that my body craves those things--especially starch and meat in the winter. I also find that if I stick to that stuff, I tend to gorge myself on tomatoes in the late summer and then not want to see another one until next tomato season, so my cravings tend to go with the seasons.
That said, I will get small quantities of in-season tropical/subtropical produce year-round despite living just outside Washington DC. Because mangoes and citrus are delicious.
eat the same foods and ratio of foods day in and day out all year
These two things are quite different. I very similar macronutrient ratios, but I don't eat the exact same foods or the same amount of calories between winter and summer.
In winter I'll cook up my eggs with squash and onions and kale; in summer, I'll use asparagus, spinach, and peppers from the garden instead. In winter I'll have an orange for a treat, and in summer it's berries and cherries. I generally eat more in the summer, but it's more lower-calorie vegetables primarily, fewer nuts, fewer potatoes, fewer hearty roasts with root veggies, etc. More smoked and grilled meats, fresh fish, lots of garden produce. But overall ratios of protein:fat:carbs doesn't change too terribly much.
Nope. I eat very, very seasonally. Even my macronutrient profile changes through the seasons. Just like my activity choices, etc., change with the seasons, so does what I put into my body to fuel it -- the only consistency, for me, is that I choose to eat things that I truly, truly enjoy... I leave everything else up to body signals and environment.
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