Part of being healthy is flowing with the seasonal changes and adapting to the environment as these changes happen. One way to stay in-sync with nature is to eat locally and eat what nature provides. If you have ever gone shopping for strawberries or eggplant in the Winter months and noticed that the texture and taste was insipid, it is the first sign that those fruits are not in season.

Learning to eat locally and seasonally can be easy and fun, not to mention full of flavor. We have gotten used to having every fruit and vegetable available for purchase year-round and shipped from all over the country and/or world. Produce out of season is typically imported from other countries during times of the year when these fruits and veggies cannot be grown domestically.

As a health coach I encourage you to eat locally and in season. It is not only healthy but environmentally friendly as well. Visit the markets that support local farmers and agricultural system, there are many in our area. By purchasing produce that is grown locally and at a seasonally appropriate time, you’ll benefit from more fresh, delicious, and affordable food.

Food Suggestions for the Winter

Apples, Beets, Burdock, Cabbage, Carrots, Collard Greens, Daikon, Garlic, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Mesclun, Mushrooms, Onions (red and yellow), Parsnips, Pears, Potatoes, Rutabagas, Shallots, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, and Winter Squash


Charmaine received her training to practice Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, which is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories; USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods. She began her journey to become a health coach to deal with her own challenges. Through her journey she has improved her relationship with food, and continues to achieve the highest state of health possible, and shares about her transformative experience to inspire others.  Call to schedule your Free 30 minute Health Consults