Summer is the time for farmer’s markets, gardens, roadside stands, and lots of fresh produce! Sometimes you might end up with more than you know what to do with, or maybe you don’t know how to use it to begin with. Here are a few tips for using all the fresh fruits and vegetables available this summer.
While gardening isn’t for everyone, eating fresh fruits and vegetables definitely is! Every plant has a season, and every season has certain plants that grow best during those months. Grocery stores sell quite a few foods all year long as they have access to foods from all over the world, and this is great! I love being able to buy all kinds of foods throughout the year. But there are definitely benefits to buying more seasonal foods.
Diet and exercise. While these are often paired together, which is more important? Are both necessary?
Recent studies have shown that energy restriction through diet results in similar weight loss to diet plus exercise, while exercise alone results in lesser weight loss (1, 2). For many people skimming over these results in their doctor’s office magazine, dieting might seem like the path to take. But they’re only seeing half the story.
We live in a day of schedules, routines, and calendar reminders. Our lives are planned out to the minute to fit everything in. Unfortunately this means that we often find ourselves doing the same things day in and day out. We need variety. Not only will variety keep us from getting bored, but it will also make us healthier!
Have you ever decided to cut back on calories, but couldn’t deal with the hunger? I feel your pain! (Literally!) I do not like being hungry, and I would bet that most of you don’t either. The good news is that there is a way to eat less calories while still feeling full! It all comes down to energy-dense versus nutrient-dense foods.