October 30, 2014

Back to the Earth

 

Any Locavores out there?

It is the word of the year according to The Oxford American Dictionary.

A Locavore is someone who seeks out locally produced food that doesn’t travel long distances to market, and there are many of you out there.

With the growing popularity of farmers markets, farm to table restaurants, and all the information about the health benefits from eating fresh, organic, and local, many have taken the word locavore and brought it to a new level.

How good does that tomato taste when it’s picked right off the vine? What about fresh berries that were grown less than 100 miles away? You can taste it, smell it and feel it. The closer you get to eating something fresh from the ground, the better it will taste and the better you will feel.

Unfortunately, many people’s schedules have become too busy; therefore, cooking a fresh meal is not an option. By eating like a locavore, you are not only supporting your local farms, minimizing your carbon footprint, but to bring healthy foods to your kitchen. Buying local or supporting the farm-to-table restaurants encourages people to swap their over-processed, factory-farmed, mass-produced foods for fresh, local, high-nutrient foods that can make a difference in many ways.

Did you know that the most common fruits and vegetables travel at least 1500 miles to reach their consumer?

More than 40 percent of fruits and 20 percent of vegetables are imported from other countries.

In order for that to happen they are picked before they have had time to ripen. Fruits and vegetables ripen in transit and some are even forced to ripen with harmful gases.

With all that premature picking and miles on the road, you lose those much needed nutrients and many of the health benefits. I know I would much prefer to eat something that has been out of the ground only a few hours compared to a few weeks.

Some say American agriculture has lost its way and that consumers have been disconnected from real food, the earth and what it produces. But now people are finding their way back. They want to know where their food comes from, how it’s grown and how they can buy it (or eat it) as fresh as possible.

Tips to becoming a Locavore:

• Grow it yourself

• Eat at a local farm-to-table restaurant

• Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

• Shop at a farmers market or stand

Resolve to promote locally based agriculture, the food movement, and help your body feel the best it can with all the nutrients and minerals fresh from the earth to your table.

Bon Appetit!

Lisa Fallon Mindel is a qualified holistic health and nutrition Coach as well as a model and triathlete. She counsels people on how to effectively reach their health, nutrition and wellness goals. With her personalized step-by-step program and support, reaching goals is enjoyable and lifelong. For more information go to: Wholebodybeautiful.com.