Keep It Natural
By adopting a diet that enhances digestive health, you not only reduce your risk for signs of gastrointestinal discomfort like gas, bloating, and abdominal pain, but you also enhance your overall health. You can start making simple, proactive changes to your diet and lifestyle today that can benefit your digestive health now and all throughout your life.
It is easy to be swayed by special offers, attractive packaging, and ready-to-eat meals. Planning a grocery trip at home can often encourage making healthier choices. Look out for what’s new in the produce section. Make it a habit to buy at least one seasonal item every time you shop. Pick some simple dishes using seasonal produce that you can add to your repertoire of meals.
Do you know what’s in season this week? Find out what is in season by checking out Eat the Seasons. Updated weekly, use it to discover what’s fresh and should be at its best in your grocery store or, better yet, your farmer’s market.
The average mouthful of food travels 1,400 miles from the farm to our plates. Food from local farms is fresher and closer to ripeness, has used less energy for transport, and is less likely to have been treated with post-harvest pesticides.
A typical pint of tomatoes at a local farmer’s market averages about forty cents more than grocery store tomatoes, but the average time from harvest to market for organic produce is a day, while one to two weeks is the norm for grocery stores. The biggest cost? Grocery store tomatoes lose folate and vitamins A, B, and C due to heat and light exposure.