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Autumn Nutrition – Why eating seasonally is important

As the seasons change around the world, so does the weather and the type of produce that grows locally. 

When food has to travel a long way to get to the United Kingdom, it often comes with a massive carbon footprint. When you buy seasonal food, you’re helping to reduce the demand for out-of-season produce. This also helps to reduce the energy and greenhouse gases released through refrigeration, transportation, artificial hothouses, fuels and many more! 

On top of that, food that is grown and picked in season will taste much riper, fresher and sweeter. When you eat locally, the time it takes for food to get from the ground to your table is drastically lower, meaning it’s fresher and tastier. 

Autumn signals the coming of winter to our bodies and the desire to consume more energy dense foods like fats and carbs. Eating seasonal foods like root vegetables help to fill us up on healthy, fibre-rich sources as opposed to unhealthy, processed foods. 

What foods are in season during the UK autumn? 

Seasonal foods include: 

  • Apples 
  • Blackberries 
  • Elderberries 
  • Lettuce 
  • Marrow 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Pears 
  • Plums 
  • Potatoes 
  • Pumpkin 
  • Rocket 
  • Squash 
  • Sweetcorn 
  • Watercress

Our top tips for eating seasonally this autumn: 

  • Focus on in-season produce such as sweet potatoes, squash, apples, dark leafy greens, beets and cook comforting foods like homemade soups and stews. These will help curb unhealthy cravings while providing plenty of nourishment. 
  • Try to eat as many fibre-filled vegetables into your autumn diet as you can with hearty soups. Add any greens, beans, lentils, whole grains, and veggies you may have along with protein, like chicken, prawns or tofu. 
  • Get your vitamins with the citrus fruit that’s abundant in the colder months. Snack on oranges or make a delicious salad with some citrus and winter greens like kale.
  •  While craving carb-rich food is natural and you shouldn’t deprive yourself, try and make healthy swaps when you can. For instance, a warming bowl of pasta and cheese can be made healthier by switching to a whole grain pasta and adding a variety of roasted winter vegetables. 
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water. Dehydration is actually common in cooler months as the lack of hot weather can fail to signal our thirst and ensure we’re drinking enough. 

To book an appointment with our nutritionist Natalia please contact us on  0207 838 6180 or visit: www.cpmedicalclinic.com

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