Why choose January?

You know… People always want to start a big diet or dinner-table-lifestyle-change on January 1st. Or the second, if you want to give yourself an extra day. But I think that in America, this may the best time of year to change eating habits. Know why?


That’s right… This is the time of year when the freshest, most flavorful, most good-for-you offerings are available. How can I not eat well?

This is prime bing cherry, blackberry, and zucchini season, to begin with. And even though my “local” corn isn’t really local for another month, I know that my local farm truck is getting it from a lot closer than where it was coming from two months ago. Tomatoes grown in hothouses are ripe and full of nutrients (and huge this year). The ones grown outside will be ready very soon. Even my cherry tomatoes are ripening now, as are my jalopenos and poblanos. My green beans are going crazy, and I’ve even dug a few potatoes out of the ground. Cantaloupes and watermelons become a fixture at breakfast tables for a couple of months. So I’ve already changed my diet a lot since June, without really trying hard. If I can keep it up, I’ll be thankful for what I started later in the year instead of in January. I know my BG is already thankful.


I’m definitely ready to dial down the carbs, pump up the nutrition, and even explore some alternative ingredients (ramps, anyone?). Now is the time. For me, it’s much easier to start eating right when it’s easier to eat right.

Summer only lasts so long. I’m going to enjoy it while I can. Find a local farm, farmer’s market, or farm truck in your area. If you do, I’ll assure you of two things: It will be hard to leave empty handed; and you’re going to like the taste of summer this year.

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  • Rachel Hils  On July 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Those are so yummy! Maryland has good produce this time of the year!


  • Marc  On July 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Great post with great information! Now I’m in the mood for some grilled zucchini and bruschetta


  • Karen  On July 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Great point!!! Now if only the squirrels weren’t eating all my tomatoes before I can harvest them. 😦


    • StephenS  On July 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I’ve got a chipmunk that keeps eating squash blooms before it can grow any fruit, so I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for the lovely comments!


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