Any way you slice it, our food quality just isn’t what it use to be. There are many factors at play here from soil depletion to hormones and chemicals added in. It’s largely unavoidable but there are some simple, strategic steps that you can take to ensure that you’re getting the best quality of food possible. In this blog, I discuss one of the simplest ways to do just that.

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We’re coming into a very exciting time of year, fall. Most people love that they can break out the jeans, cozy looking sweaters, Ugg boots and whatever the newest malarkey of the season will be. On a more relatable note to myself, football season is upon us.

Although I’m no longer strapping on the pads on Saturday afternoons, I still get that ‘game day’ feel during this time of year. It’s an indescribably bitter sweet feeling that only past players can truly experience.

The only constant thing in life is change. Whether you want to face it or not, change rears it’s head daily.

I think it’s important that we recognize this change and respond accordingly. We (humans) are creatures of rhythms. We have day and night and our circadian rhythms match. Seasons and the weather changes and we respond accordingly.

What also changes is the availability of certain foods mainly in the context of fruits and vegetables. A big reason I love fall is due to honey crisp apples. Hands down my favorite fruit. Although available pretty much all year long, I limit myself to only eating them throughout the fall and beginning of winter months.

I am a bit of a connoisseur (to use the term loosely) about my foods. Only the freshest fruit, finest cheesecake, most swank Brazilian steakhouses will do.

A harsh reality that we live in is that we can find pretty much any fruit or vegetable the whole year. It begs the question, “how?”

How do we have apples in June/July?

Maybe they’re left over from the past harvest. Perhaps, but apples don’t last 2 weeks at my place. How is that are able to stay crisp over several months?

Preservatives…

In order to avoid added chemicals/toxins in our food (as much as possible at least), it may be wise to eat foods as they come into season. I find it quite crazy we can eat apples and oranges all year long.

I’ve heard stories of how they stockpile fruit in barns. (via reliable source that cannot be named)

I’m a big fan of just a “caveman” style of eating, not to be confused with paleo. Basically, if it wasn’t food 100 years ago, it’s not food today. However, I have my hedonist tendencies like everybody else and will occasionally indulge in Fruity Pebbles and my all time favorite dessert, cheesecake.

For the most part, if you stick to the perimeter of the grocery store (meats, fish, eggs, etc), you’ll be just fine. Anything that comes in a package is processed and should be mostly avoided.

Am I saying you can never eat them? No, of course not. Would it really matter if I was though? You guys would still eat the shit and so would I. So instead of forbidding them for all eternity lets view them as tools. Tools we use for our benefit, not our dependency.

Be #Relentless

 

The following chart is one based in the North Carolina area. Tennessee will be very similar. Both places will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

seasonal fruits:veggies

(Disclaimer: photo does not belong to NickLaToof.com and remains the property of ncdamarkets.org)

 

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