Do you know where your food comes from? (NOTE: the Dad joke response, “the grocery store” is not what I mean 🙂 ) I’m talking about the actual FARM where it was produced. And speaking of grocery stores, so many more of them are carrying (and highlighting) locally grown foods … which is fantastic.
There are SO MANY BENEFITS to buying locally grown/raised foods. First, you’re supporting a local business, which is always a plus for the health of the local economy.
But there are also benefits to YOU!
- Local produce is allowed to ripen on the vine, which means it has more nutrients. Most non-local produce has to be picked early in order to safely make the long journey to your grocery store (and not over-ripen in the process).
- Local produce is fresher – which means more nutrients. The quicker the trip from the farm to your table, the more nutrients your food contains.
- You can get access to more produce varieties, especially heirloom veggies & fruits, boosting the number of micronutrients you eat! Most large farms that ship their produce long distances stick to varieties that are tough enough to make the trip.
- This depends on the farm, but organic local farmers use healthier, more sustainable farming practices. This can lower your exposure to pesticides and other chemicals, and it’s better for your local environment.
It’s win-win-win all the way around: fresh, healthy food that tastes great and is good for you – and also good for the local economy and environment!
There’s ONE thing you can change that has a surprising impact on your health, mood, and pretty much everything you do! It isn’t a workout and it doesn’t involve overhauling your diet.
This sugar stat caught me by surprise… and I thought I already knew a LOT about sugar. 👉 Eating just 100 calories a day of sugar (which is about 25 grams of added sugars, or 6 teaspoons) is linked to 45 DIFFERENT negative health outcomes.
What if I told you there’s ONE number you need to pay attention to BEFORE you start counting calories, macros, or anything else? For many of us, this number is a complete mystery. But once you figure it out, it’s a complete game-changer.
There are probably a few things in your life that you’d like to slow down… But when it comes to your metabolism? Probably not.