Staying Healthy This Winter

By Healing Place’s Digestive Wellness Coach, Katie Lamie

My body has traditionally struggled with the shift into winter. Prior to re-hauling my health and becoming a certified health coach, I was often chilled to the bone and seemingly ALWAYS catching the colds passed around my office. As a result, I dreaded winter.

While I still don’t look forward to winter, I now feel equipped to shift into this darker, quiet season and nourish my body with foods that help aid that transition. I want to share one of those tools with you:

Eat with the seasons

The challenge is that the supermarket makes EVERYTHING look in season:
“Modern food processing and worldwide distribution of food make foods available year-round, and grocery stores shelves look much the same in December as they do in July.”

The challenge is clear, but the goal is to shop according to this principle: “Seasons form the natural backdrop for eating.”

There are three primary reasons why eating with the seasons is the way to go.

*Flavor- Think farm to fork. A tomato that was grown in a hothouse and traveled thousands of miles to reach your plate simply does not taste the same as a tomato that you purchase during its growing season at the supermarket or the farmers market.
*Nutrients- There is research that suggests that seasonal foods are higher in antioxidant content.
*Cost- Crops that are abundant are priced lower. Crops that are in shorter supply (like strawberries in the winter) are more expensive.

You can plug your location into this website to view which foods are in season based on living in Massachusetts.

If you are struggling with recurring colds, viruses and feeling like you are constantly battling a “bug” when winter sets in, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for a free health history consultation by calling 508 359-6463.

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kate lamie2About the writer: Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, Katie Lamie. Katie is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is passionate about helping individuals tap into vibrant health. She works with her clients to reduce cravings, explore and prepare new foods, increase their energy and find time for physical movement. Katie also specializes in helping clients struggling with digestive disorders.  www.kisforkale.com


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