If you’re looking to improve your health and start a new routine for your diet but aren’t sure where to start, I suggest eating seasonally.
Each month I put out a list of which Fruits and Vegetables are in season for Ontario. I always like to get clients to focus on adding foods before they start removing them (in the right circumstances).
Adding foods can be a lot easier for people to begin with, as changing your routine, no matter what it is, can be very stressful for some people.
Eating seasonally has many benefits:
- Usually cheaper to buy because they are more readily available. With the rise in food prices, this can be a great way to keep your grocery bill down.
- They are more nutrient dense. These seasonal foods will be more beneficial to consume simply because they are being eaten during their peak season and haven’t been stored for long periods, which can lead to a reduction in nutrients.
- Eating seasonally is a great way to support local farms. Visiting farmer’s markets during the summer and fall months is a great way to learn about the people growing food locally and supporting their hard work. It’s also a great way to support the environment as local produce doesn’t need to be shipped long distances.
- It supports our bodies for what they need during specific times of the year. For summer, we have lots of fruits and vegetables that are sweet, cool, and hydrating to keep us protected from the heat and sun. For winter, we get warm, nourishing foods and foods that can help prevent us from catching a cold or flu, for example, foods high in Vitamin C.
You can find the produce for your area below:
- British Columbia: visit here.
- Alberta: visit here.
- Saskatchewan: visit here.
- Manitoba: visit here.
- Ontario: visit here.
- Quebec: visit here.
- New Brunswick: visit here.
- Nova Scotia: visit here.
- PEI: visit here.
- Newfoundland & Labrador: visit here.
- Yukon: visit here.
If you’re living in an area that is not listed, just google “Foods in season ____” to find out what produce is in season in your area.