We all want to age gracefully. May be in the back of your mind or the front of your mind or maybe staring you right in the face at this very moment is the fact that you are no longer a youngster and need to start treating your body with some care.
It is never too late to eat mindfully. metabolic balancers are taught to eat what their bodies need to stay balanced so if you follow the metabolic balance plan you are off to a good start. Below is a list of vegetables that you may want to add to your plan once you are into phase 4 (If the vegetables are not already on your plan.)
As metabolic balancers, you are aware of how important vegetables are to your diet. Fill your plate with vegetables at each meal and make sure that you are trying different combinations and eating through the rainbow not just sticking to the colour green. Add deep red tomatoes, carrots and orange bell peppers to your daily vegetable intake. If you are not finding enough colourful vegetables at your grocery store, look for a farmers market near you and see what yummy vegetables are in season.
Here is a link to the crop calendars for each US state.
Knowing what vegetables are in season makes it easier to plan your menu around healthy and fresh produce. Here are an example of some vegetables available in the midwest.
Asparagus April 23 – June 25
Broccoli June 20 – November 30
Cabbage June 1 – November 15
Cauliflower September 1 – Dec. 5
Collards May 15 – November 20
Cucumbers June 25 – September 15
Eggplant July 10 – October 15
Lima Beans July 10 – October 31
Okra July 15 -October 15
Onions June 25 – September 30
Peas May 20 – July 5
Peppers July 5 – Nov. 5
Potatoes July 10 – October 15
Pumpkins September 15 – October 31
Snap Beans June 10 – August 31
Squash June 15 – September 30
Spinach April 15 – June 30
Sweet Corn July 1 – September 25
Tomatoes July 5 – October 15
Bell peppers May – September
Below are links to helpful resources to find a farmer’s market near you.
USDA Farmer Market Directory
Local Harvests Farmer’s Markets
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