My eating preferences now seem to be shifting with the seasons, something that may have happened in the past but I never really noticed until I started paying attention (a large part due to eating paleo). This past spring and summer, I was all over salads and fresh greens and veggies and fruits. Now that it's becoming winter, I'm finding that I'm craving root vegetables, potatoes, hearty slow-cooked meat rather than things like steak, and starchy fall fruits like apples and pears. Just to put it out there, I'm a pretty loose follower of paleo, though I was stricter in the past - I'm actually eating rice and other non-gluten grains somewhat frequently, for several reasons. And I'm not worrying about eating too much fruit/nuts/potatoes.
Has anyone else experienced this? How does eating with the seasons fit into paleo? I guess I ask that because I'm not eating the lovely kinds of ideal paleo meals that I was this summer, which were mostly a heaping plate of vegetables and a piece of meat. That doesn't sound as appealing to me now... It was a little bit alarming when I first noticed that I was craving more carbs, but I think I've relaxed now that I've started thinking that it's a natural, seasonal cycle.
And I don't think these cravings and preferences are simply caused by changing produce at the farmer's market. I have a feeling this is something more biological than that. Or maybe it is more about the weather, or external factors, I'm not sure.