Sunday, May 29, 2011

UnDiet...Week 20

Hello UnDieters!

Into every life a little rain must fall...shall I blame the rain for my absence? Since you are all on the UnDiet path, I am sure that you can appreciate that not everyday is a "perfect" one on the path to health so let's consider the total absence of Week 19 my blip on the path to good bloggership :) It has been a crazy couple of weeks to say the least. 

But I now pick myself up and dust off a new challenge for week 20 of the UnDiet. This week, as the sun starts to remind us that summer is really here I want to challenge you to step outside of your normal routine and go find a farmer's market. 

Why is this important to your health? For several reasons, not the least of which that you will find the best quality food possible from the farmers who live within driving distance of you. Better quality food means a better quality you. In addition, you can often find wild and wonderful produce that you may not be used to seeing (or eating for that matter). Eating well is not just about healthy food but a healthy sense of adventure. 

Buying at the farmer's market also helps to support smaller family farms who typically farm in a more sustainable manner. And, since you are talking to the farmer themselves to purchase your produce, you can make sure that they have sustainable practices like organic farming or purchasing manure from a neighbour farm instead of shipping it long distances before you buy. You also help support agriculture in your area and ensure that those who work long hours to feed us get a reasonable price for their harvest.

So this week, get outside and find your nearest farmer's market and buy at least one item of produce, preferably one you have never tried before and then bring it home and cook something with it. I will be doing the same this Saturday with my friend Heather. We may just show you the results! Spoiler Alert!!

To help you, here are some resources on farmers markets near you:

Vancouver Farmers Markets
Farmers Markets in BC
Farmers Markets in Canada
Farmers Markets in the USA

In Good Health,

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