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Always Eat Locally Grown Foods by Andrea Beaman

Posted by Matthew Katz on Dec 5, 2011 10:12:00 PM

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I recently met her at a "Meetup.com" talk she gave in Connecticut where she WOW'd a full house of "Holistically-minded" people like myself with her wonderful humor and strong knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition. Below is her recent blog about "The Importance of Eating Locally Grown Foods," copied with her permission.

The newest food trend on the market, “locavorism,” advises us to purchase and eat foods that grow in our immediate environment.  This is a fantastic concept, but it’s certainly not a new one. Humans traditionally ate locally grown seasonal foods.

Modern technology has changed our traditional way of eating locally and seasonally; and today, every type of food is available at any time of the year regardless of the season or environment in which it is grown.  This may sound like an amazing leap for mankind, but it’s not.

Our current way of eating everything from everywhere not only destroys the environment by burning large amounts of fossil fuel to ship foods to and from faraway places, it also weakens the digestive system (shortening the lifespan), contributes to yeast overgrowth, weak immunity, and poor calcium absorption. According to Dr. John Matsen, ND, the more sun plants are exposed to, the more potassium and sugar they produce. High potassium and sugar levels alert your kidneys that you’re out in the hot sun and that your skin must be making vitamin D.  Therefore, if you eat foods from hot sunny climates during the cold wintry months, your kidneys don’t activate stored vitamin D, inhibiting absorption of calcium. Overtime, this can wear down internal strength and our physical structure (bone loss).

Another perspective from Traditional Chinese Medicine reveals that salads, vegetables, and fruits are naturally cooling to the body.  During the hot summer months, this cooling effect can be quite beneficial for most people; but during the cold fall and winter season, it creates a damp spleen condition, gas, bloating, cold hands and feet, and can eventually lead to other more serious ailments like impaired immunity, blood stagnation and cancer.

Eating locally and seasonally grown food aligns our internal environment (our body and it’s organs) with the external environment (the world around us) creating a body that is physically stronger and prepared for the elements.  For example, on a steamy hot summer day, I would choose crisp salad greens, juicy watery fruits, freshly caught fish, and other cooling foods that are abundantly available at that time of year; they would cool my body so I can better handle the heat.  On the other hand, if I look outside my window and there is a thick blanket of icy snow covering the ground, and people are trudging through the streets bundled up in winter snorkel jackets, my innate wisdom tells me that cooling summer foods would not be ideal.  More appropriate food for a cold snowy day might be a hearty stew made with bone stock, grass-fed meat, beans, and root vegetables, and a honkin’ hunk of warm sourdough bread slathered with pastured butter.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance for the health of the body and mind to eat what naturally grows in our immediate environment and climate. This, I believe, is one of the foremost things that can help you begin feeling more balanced, healthy and connected.

You can easily discover what is available in your environment by shopping at a local farmer’s market. There are farmer’s markets all over the USA. Go to LocalHarvest.org and type in your zip code, city or state, to find one near you. It’s that easy.

It is fall in NY and time for some hearty soups and stews. Try this Creamy Cannelini Bean and Kale Soup for starters and have a delicious day! Enjoy and come to our website for more information! ALL BOOK SALES DONATE 10% TO SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DEAD SEA SPA TREATMENTS.

Creamy Cannelini Bean and Kale Soup with Herbed Garlic Toast

 

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