There are many approaches for changing the way we eat and upping the nutrients in our diets. This blog will share a relatively easy and proven approach Coach Gayle has found to be rather delightful.
You might find it surprising that just three percent of Americans get enough daily fiber in their diet. It’s fruit, veggies and whole grains where we all tend to fall short. Fiber from high nutrient food is what keeps our systems running well. I like to think of fiber as scrub brushes for our internal plumbing systems.
One of the easiest ways I know how to nudge the 97 percent of us who aren’t getting enough fiber is by subscribing to a CSA.
What’s a CSA?
It’s short for Community Supported Agriculture and it’s the most easy pea-zy way I know to get more fiber and nutrients on a consistent basis. It works because the food we bring into our homes is most likely going to be eaten whether it’s healthy food or junky.
The bonus of a CSA subscription is you get more nutrients in your food (because it’s local it can ripen on the vine longer), you support local growers and have a smaller environmental impact in the process. It's like having a garden without having to do all the work.
There are many CSA options available in St. Louis. A somewhat dated list of CSA providers comes from The Healthy Planet magazine: http://thehealthyplanet.com/2017/02/healthy-planet-guide-to-area-csas-farm-produce-products/
Here’s the low-down on the CSA/CCSA I’ve chosen and am jumping up and down about. (Note: I do NOT receive compensation for subscription referrals; I simply get joy from sharing healthy resources.)
Fair Shares CCSA (Combined Community Supported Agriculture):
They are a local ‘food loop connector’ for small farmers, producers and the St. Louis community.
They encourage the use of sustainable, locally sourced ingredients in the prepared foods they sell. This provides CCSA members healthier, tastier choices.
They offer a two-week trial to get started so you can see if you like it before committing.
It’s more than fruit and veggies; also, bread, eggs, cheese, ‘happy’ meats, & dry goods.
They offer three pick-up locations in St. Louis: The Hill, Kirkwood and University City.
More info at fairshares.org
A few other helpful resources if you want to explore online ideas for increasing your fruit and veggie intake
Tips to add more veggies to your day:
Tips to add more fruit to your day:
My challenge to you
Notice this week how close you come to meeting the minimum of 2 cups of daily fruit and 2 1/2 cups of daily veggies that are recommended for good health. Can you shift yourself a bit closer to these minimums?
To your good health!