Health and Budget Benefits of Eating with the Seasons
Growing up on a farm in the North Carolina mountains, I could tell you exactly when potatoes, corn, tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers were in season. Those we had in abundance! I could also tell you when the cherries were just right for picking because climbing the trees and eating more than we put in our buckets is still one of my favorite summer memories.
That’s how I grew up, but somewhere along the way, I lost track of seasonal eating and turned to what was on the grocery store shelves instead. The key word there is shelves, because that’s where the boxes and cans of processed foods are kept. By the time I finally turned back to fresh fruits and vegetables, I couldn’t have told you what was in season when if you had paid me –until I discovered my local farmers market.
While I am definitely well-versed in the health and budget benefits of eating with the seasons now, I wanted to go to an expert to find out more about why eating with the seasons is so good for us. In this Q&A, Functional Medicine Dietician Maria Zamarripa from the foodfarmacist R.D. answers many of the most common questions asked when it comes to eating seasonally.
Understanding How EFT or Tapping Works
If you’ve never heard of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping, you’re not alone, but once you’ve tried it, you may just be hooked for life. Tapping combines Eastern medicine with Western psychology to create a technique that empowers you to identify and clear many emotional and sometimes physical issues. The best part – you can do it anytime, anywhere, all by yourself, and it’s one of the most affordable self-help techniques around because you’re able to learn it and do it for free.
I’ve tried tapping myself. To be completely upfront, for me, it’s worked in some cases and hasn’t in others. But there are many people from all walks of life who say it’s helped them deal with anxiety, remove longtime emotional blocks, healed them from chronic pain and helped them to overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, the U.S. Veterans Administration has approved it as a “generally safe” therapy that can officially be used with veterans. That’s why I want you to understand what it is, how it works and how you can tap for health. Then you can decide for yourself whether you want it to become another tool in your health and wellness toolbox.