I heard something on a Robb Wolf podcast (I think) or maybe I read it in Lights Out, but it got me thinking. There are always a lot of questions about fruit/vegetable consumption. What kinds to eat, how much to eat, etc.
Our ancestral diet would have allowed us to only eat fruits/vegetables that were available where we lived and we could only get them in the season that they grew naturally. It seems to me that if we would adopt this way of eating fruits/vegetables, it would basically eliminate the should I or shouldn't I questions.
For example, apples only grow naturally in a specific time of the year so our ancestors would have probably come across them, chowed down while they could and when they were gone for the season they wouldn't eat them anymore. Unless you live in the tropics it would automatically eliminate the sugary fruits like bananas.
I'm wondering if anyone only eats fruits/veggies that grow locally (at least the same climate zone) and only when they are in season? Thoughts?
It's good to eat vegetables seaonally because they vegetables generally contain something within them that could cause problems over a long time, ie members if the spinach family are high in oxalates and too much built up over time may cause problems, eat seaonally and you irradicate that problem as not so much of a build up can happen. Plus if you home grow you have to eat seaonally but you also know EXACTLY what went into growing those veggies :D
THis never made much sense to me. Few of us currently live near where our genetics developed. So what good would it do me to eat what is in season here if it is not what is in season where I came from? And some places don't have the same seasons as others. SOme places have fruit all year and some have no fruit it all. Plus the fruit grown today is different from what was available in the past. And what difference does it make if I eat apples in season and then when the season runs out, I switch to persimmons? How is that diff from eating apples for the whole stretch if, metabolically, the sugar and fructose levels are similar?
Perhaps the original goal with that rule of eating 'in season' was to try to limit intake to some degree and give the body a break from sugar in the winter. But if those are the true goals, then I say state that directly. Anyway, I see no evidence anywhere of any special benefit to this plan. Our ancestors that gathered fruit probably soon learned to dry and store it. Successful paleo ancestors may often have been eating sweat dried fruit all through winter for all we know. I do not believe for a second that our ancestors were too stupid to learn to store and preserve foods in accordance with resources at hand.
So I say if the goal is to moderate fruit intake then just moderate it. DOn't confuse the issue with some confusing statement about seasons.
Sorry, can't help you there. I eat whatever's out there that strikes my fancy. I've never really paid attention to the seasonality but it's pretty much self adjusting. Simply because out of season items are usually shipped long distances and taste like crap...
I used to eat 100% local, seasonal produce...now I'm down to about 75%. It's sociopolitical, but remember that the fresher the item, the less the nutrient degradation (and definitely the tastier).
Of course, it's easier being in the South, where even in the winter we have the glorious lifesaving, confounding and delicious vegetable that is the collard green.
I don't eat only seasonal veggies, but tend to come pretty close. I belong to a co-op and get loads of seasonal veggies nearly year-round, so that's mostly what I eat.
I can't say how it has affected me, but I've been at this for a couple of years now. If nothing else, I feel really good supporting a local farmer.
I do this, though it's not easy this time of year, for many reasons I won't go into on this site as not all of my reasons have to do with hard nutritional science. I refer to sites such as http://www.eattheseasons.com for guidance.
There are compromises as with everything else but I would count this as an aspiration. The trouble is, as soon as you leave the 'ideal' scenario (and living in the 21st century pretty much guarantees that) you have to start trying to find your own solutions for your particular situation. I'm convinced that variation is good for me and my body, and the most natural variation there is is the seasons. If I can sleep more and eat less in winter as a rule, and save the fruits and fresh veg for specific occasions when I'm deliberately breaking the pattern with the rest of my lifestyle, then I think that's worth doing. And it makes spring and summer a lot mroe interesting.
I think there's a great deal of over-confidence on many issues, and this is one of them. It's no different from conventional wisdom but the reality is we cannot be sure what effect the modern world has on our health. As with the basic dietary advice, you can find supposed arguments and evidence to support whatever position you believe in. Maybe it does come down more to mental or spiritual health and people here are comfortable that they have nailed down their physical health and are perfectly happy with everything in their lives. I think this is something that should be discussed more though.
i dont do this, but belonging to a CSA is helpful in eating as in-season as one can. im in northern new england with a 6 month growing season, so its not practical. i do have a root cellar, but dont eat a lot of the starchy things that are down there, and i do enjoy preserving and canning things that i buy in bulk when they are in season, but that is just a hobby. most things dont end up being very "paleo" after processing (like after i add 6 cups of sugar to make 3 pints of jalapeno jelly!) where i am, its just really not at all sustainable- nor would i want to.
I don't eat fruits yet (still trying to lose weight) and keep my carb content down. I only eat veggies and it's cheaper for me to buy them frozen in bulk (I've read a bunch of articles on how this is healthy and perhaps even better than eating the "fresh" kind that sits in your fridge for too long -- whether this is true or not, I have no idea). And no, I don't eat vegetables just when they're in season. I'm a cauliflower "rice" nut so without cauliflower always stocked in the fridge, I'd be miserable!
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