Seasonal Nature of Healthy Living

Coming into the season of fall, which if you didn’t know used to actually be called Harvest, there are lots of good eats that arise and I am personally excited about. What if I told you to lose fat, you might want to first gain fat?

I do believe that it is possible to stay (relatively) lean year-round while maintaining optimal health. Health is something that goes beyond just looking good, but also includes feeling good, moving well and having good health markers (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.). However, we do have seasons for a reason and Mother Nature makes different foods more available to us certain times of the year. As we head into the fall season, you will start to see more winter squashes (have you seen those weird lookin’ ones?), more starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, pears, apples and even different kinds of meat like turkey, duck and venison.

Hundreds and even thousands of years ago, some of the early people/settlers would survive and dare I say THRIVE on whatever food was available to them on their surrounding land. This is what I mean by seasonal foods. Eating seasonally means that certain times of year you eat a different dietary composition of macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbs) and that may mean a brief (note: BRIEF) change in body composition. But what if a weight gain period, even a small one, signals something deep in our DNA that PRIMES the body for FAT-BURNING?

Prolonged caloric-restriction can lead to micronutrient deficiencies (vitamins and minerals), frustration, injury and failure. These can also affect our hormones, which CONTROL fat gain and fat loss. This approach might be just what you need to ignite future fat burning potential, especially if you’re in a plateau.  (Please note that this isn’t a time to continue eating like crapola if you haven’t improved your diet already!)

Let’s try to eat more seasonally… eat REAL FOOD and pair that with some HEAVY weights and LOTS of sleep!

Here are some of the more seasonal foods to look out for and dig into:

Arugula, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butter lettuce, cauliflower, kale, swiss chard, jicama, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, pears & pomegranate.

ENJOY and let me know some good food you’re diggin right now!

Look better, feel better, be awesome!

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

Michael Pollan

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