Eating what you want, when you want it, has become so much part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine a time when you could only eat broccoli in October and blueberries in July. But with the growth of supermarkets and fancy (un-natural) techniques of preservation and growth, you can pretty much get any fruit or vegetable year-round. But what we gain in choice and convenience we lose in health benefits. Nature creates the perfect conditions for foods to be grown and we shouldn’t be messing with nature. Non-seasonal foods need to be preserved, so often times, they are filled with pesticides, waxes, preservatives, and other chemicals. Remember, when plant-based foods are not in season they are not going to look as fresh, vibrant, or appetizing...and well, that’s bad for business. Therefore, chemicals usually have to be pumped into them to make them look like they would be…in season! Consuming foods that are harvested in certain times of the year allow your body to go through the natural cleansing, protective, and building cycles and processes needed for optimal health. Furthermore, enjoying naturally warming foods in the winter helps to nourish our bodies to heal and protect us from the stressful elements of cold. In the summer, our bodies began to shift to more of a cleansing and cooling process, and certain foods help to move this process along. Eating seasonally allows you to save money, consume foods at the height of their nutrient density and taste, create natural variety in your diet, and work with your own body's rhythms.

The SEACRET to be creating an optimal dietary lifestyle by saving you money, eating foods at the height of their nutrient density and taste, creating natural variety in your diet, and being synergistic to your body’s own natural rhythms is to eat seasonally.

Winter: Acorn Squash, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Collard Greens, Cauliflower, Kale, Cabbage, Grapefruit, Pomegranates, Oranges

Spring: Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Arugula, Green Beans, Spinach, Mangoes, Pineapple, Strawberries, Limes

Summer: Beets, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Radishes, Tomatoes, Peas, Cherries, Grapes, Berries

Autumn: Mushrooms, Pumpkins, Peppers, Squash, Artichokes, Leeks, Pears, Cranberries