Life tip #27: Eat (more) local, fresh, & raw foods

Welcome (back) to Four Leaf Clover, I hope each one of you had a great weekend! And I hope that weekend was filled with at least a little bit of local, fresh, and/or raw foods! You may remember that I’ve been trying to eat more healthy and raw foods and it wasn’t until I started doing this that I realized just how much of the food we eat is cooked, fried, baked, etc. Then there’s the matter of food flying in from miles away even though a healthier, tastier version is more than likely available closer to home.

I strongly believe that food is our main source of energy and determines so much of our lives: how we feel mind and body. The type of food you eat, not just if it’s in the “healthy” area, is equally important. You may be eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away, but whether or not that apple is local, fresh, and not genetically modified makes a difference.

If you’ve never been to a farmers’ market before, I strongly suggest it. Not only will you be able to interact and get a better understanding of where your food came from, you’ll be able to pick and choose exactly what you want to pay for. Even though I don’t know much German, I still love the atmosphere of the farmers’ market here. Just make sure that your food is still fresh, local, and GMO-free, you can never be too sure. If you don’t have a farmers’ market near you, scout out the local (or at least closer to home) produce in your grocery store.

Buying local helps make sure your food is safer and fresher, the local farmers and workers in your area, and the environment since you’re cutting down your carbon footprint immensely by avoiding all of that extra transportation and chemicals/pesticides.

By eating raw, you’re getting the most out of that specific food. When you cook, even just a tiny bit, you’re losing many valuable nutrients. Simmering is the best option if something can’t be eaten raw or if you’d like to ease into eating more raw foods. The more you begin to accept a certain diet, the more methods you find of eating it in a tasty and healthy way.

Do you eat as local, fresh, and raw as you can? This is something I need to work on more. What healthy eating tips do you do or need to start doing?