31 Days - March 29 - Shop Seasonally
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Today, Spark tells us to:
Shop seasonally. When you
eat produce that's in season,
you're getting the highest
quality and freshest flavor
while saving money.
Change your diet with
the seasons and try a
variety of colorful
I've talked about this in the past.. Not only is this advice good for our wallets, and good to keep us from getting bored with the same old foods, but it also environmentally friendly, because if you are eating "in season," the products you are eating don't have to travel half way around the world to get to you, thus using less fuel...you get the picture.
I think that from a "healthy journey" standpoint, the most important benefit is definitely the "keep you from getting bored" benefit.. because I think that boredom is probably one of the biggest threats we have to a healthy diet.. The other big enemy, of course, is the temptation of foods that are just plain not good for you, but my theory is that if you keep things varied and are willing to experiment with different types of food and recipes, you will be less tempted by the instant gratification of a twinkie. Not that there won't be times that we crave a piece of chocolate cake, because there will be, and I am a big believer in having the occasional indulgence, because that, too, keeps you on track, but if you are eating different and interesting foods, I just think you are more prone to stay the course of healthy eating.
Just like with getting your exercise regularly, I think there is a snowball effect to healthy eating. When you take the time to find a recipe for a healthy meal, go out and buy the ingredients, and then you spend time in the kitchen preparing and cooking the meal, there is a sense of accomplishment that puts your brain in a good place, in a place that can help you to turn your nose up to that twinkie.. I honestly believe this.
I think a good approach for the occasional indulgence is to promise yourself that you will be allowed to indulge, but then to only indulge on a high quality item. For instance, not the generic "dark chocolate bar" that you find in the grocery store, but the fancy stuff that comes in little packages that, while not so expensive it will break your wallet, is not so cheap that you can buy it in bulk. Feel like having ice cream? Go to the store and buy one of those mini-sized containers of Hagen-Das (don't know if I spelled that right). This way, your indulgence will be worth it, and will probably satisfy your craving more than a big tub of grocery store brand ice cream..
Just my 2 cents..and that's about what it's worth!
Have a Sparky day!