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Back to the Farm

I know when you saw today’s topic you probably figured Teresa was going to share some more great health tips. Well surprise, it’s me! You shouldn’t be surprised. Family and friends know that I am fairly well versed on healthy eating. Uh…my challenge is execution. You know the old saying, you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. Unless it’s the horse’s favorite drink, you know some sugary ladened concoction with hundreds of calories. Oh wait, that’s not the horse, that’s me! Here at Earrings Off, we believe that to do better, you have to know better. So, allow me to share what I do know.

Your health improves dramatically when you eat more fresh vegetables and fruit. One way to incorporate this change into your diet is to patronize local growers. The benefits of buying locally are numerous and include:

· Food costs are minimized (decreased transportation costs result in cheaper food)

· Increased nutrients (foods artificially ripened are not as nutritious)

· Supports small businesses and the local economy

The best reason of all of course, is that fresher food just tastes better! If you have ever bitten into a tomato from the local farmer’s market, they taste like they were just pulled off the vine. Try that fresh tomato in a salad or sandwich and get ready to savor every bite.

So, if you are like me and want to lose weight and get healthier, then try eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. Some resources to use to find local farmers are:

Remember: Buy local and buy fresh!

*Some of the information shared was taken from a webinar created by dietitian Dana Henderson, MS, RD, titled “Eating Locally.”

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