So we've hit a new season, and I for one know the effect this can have on our mood, habits and lives in general.
The dark mornings coincide with the cloudy weather, where the cold begins to seep into our skin and this wants to keep us feeling cozy and warm in our homes while Mr. Frost makes his way gradually to the colder times that follow.
I know it's not yet winter, but any drop in temperature has its effects, which can be a real test of composure and attitude, especially when eating predominantly raw food, and I guess for people in general!
There is no proven strategy to stay on top of the effects this can have, such as feeling less motivated to exercise, eating more (fats especially), and potentially SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) related depression, for not getting enough natural light and vitamin D in the form of getting sun on the skin, which is then converted.
A light box is a good start, and continuing to exercise despite closing our eyes and bodies off to the sun more and more is another, but one solution comes in the form of eating in season. This is where the simple pleasures of the seasonal changes begin, and we can discover whole new worlds with some of the tastes that fruit and veg can offer.
One good example is the massive range of apples that I now seen strewn all over the supermarkets, markets and shops. From pink lady, cox (my two favorite’s), gala, empire and golden russet to braeburn and red delicious (not so English) there is an abundance of choice in just this category! Getting foods from the UK (if you are UK living) at this stage can be catered for due to the massive apple range within this country, and we can eat knowing the food hasn't been imported from across the world, which is the reason for such brilliance of flavors.
It is at this juncture that I feel I could eat just apples for days, and feel satisfied, although I would have a hard time getting the calories, unless of course I ate them in the 20's....
In the summer it was strawberries and blueberries. Now it is apples and dates.
I would in all honesty still recommend bananas as a staple for the calorie content but as a post gym or pre-main meal snack (especially with a salad) I would definitely recommend discovering your favorite apple and eat them daily!