Eat by the season | Fortza Nutrition

Produce in season tastes better- so this month – Eat locally, in season, and organic whenever possible. 

Learn and put into use our latest rule from the Fortza Fit Rules of Nutrition to get into your best shape yet, and feel your body function at the peak of its powers. These rules support cell health, and  increase your energy capabilities, while decreasing inflammation and acidity. This results in a truly younger, healthier and happier you, and a metabolic system that runs smoothly. Here’s the next rule of the Fortza Fit Rule of Nutrition number eight:

Today we have limitless food choices, and making the right one for your health has only become more complicated than ever. We suggest to keep it local, super-fresh, and as clean as possible. We know life is oftentimes unpredictable, but making this your guideline will help you enforce it most of the time.

Even if you haven’t thought of becoming a localvore, eating locally simply makes sense. Wouldn’t you prefer to eat ripened tomatoes from a vine on a nearby farm than those trucked in from Mexico? When something is harvested, you get more nutrients the sooner you eat it. With the soil qualities changing, it has become more challenging to get all the vitamins and minerals we need from foods, specially when the food is being shipped a long way. This is a great reason to eat locally. The use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are some of the reasons for the negative changes in soil quality, which is also a reason to go organic.

So far we have established we believe in clean proteins. The same goes for produce, choosing organic will reduce your exposure to pesticides that can negatively affect your natural hormonal balance and lead to disease over time. Another benefit: Organic agriculture is more environmentally friendly- in addition to boosting soil productivity and minimizing the loss of nutrients in your food, it conserves energy  and promotes sustainability.

Don’t rule out small farms that are not certified organic. It doesn’t mean that they use pesticides. It may come down to not having the means to pay for the organic certification. Inquiring and showing interest with your local farmers can help you establish a relationship so you can learn about their practices. The feeling of community and connection contributes to the feel-good factor of buying locally.

You will also enjoy the benefit of feasting of what’s in season – a focus of local markets and farms. What’s in season is freshest and probably first what your body really craving, watermelon, berries and jicama for the spring and summer, and a cozier, heartier fare like sweet potatoes and squash in the fall and winter months.

You can’t escape the choices you make with food. You will either pay the farmer, or pay the doctor. “

If this seems like a tall order to live by on a day-to-day basis, lean into it. Buying all organic produce can be pricey, at least go organic when it comes to the Dirty Dozen List, which indicates which fruits and vegetables are most tainted with pesticides (also the conventionally grown Clean Fifteen). We suggest that you read that list and make your buying decision based on them. You can’t escape the choices you make with food. You will either pay the farmer, or pay the doctor. I’d rather pay the farmer.

In good health,

Efren Rodriguez, CPT

Fortza Fit Personal Training

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