In the Southern Hemisphere, winter has recently given way to spring, and in Melbourne it’s been rather warm. And I realise, despite my objection to the contrivance, that I actually do eat seasonally - to a point.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m opposed to restrictive dieting for non-medical reasons. I prefer to take an inclusive, rather than exclusive approach. If we were to learn anything from our Paleo predecessors, I figure it’s this: eat all the foods! And preserve what you can in the permafrost.
And so I try to eat according to how I feel. And in springtime, I feel different than I do in winter, so I eat according to this shift. Foods are more likely to be both cooler and fresher, and whether that means internet-endorsed salads and fruits or not – well it isn’t prescriptive, restrictive, it’s not really contrived, not as much as I can help it. You can go one way or the other – from a place of either prescription or freedom – it might look similar on the outside, but I’m not eating according to prejudice or conception, I’m trying as always to eat according to what feels right and in the end – my food choices will change over time. As they always do. Some favourites will be replaced with other, different favourites that I might have almost forgotten about over the last nine or more months.
But I’m not looking at today’s seasonal produce and denying myself foods I might eat in other seasons, instead I’m looking at what’s new, and adding in the new foods that I like, and other foods will naturally fall by the wayside in time. And in so doing, I have nothing to rebel against, which feels lovely. And my diet, over the course of a year, will remain rich and varied.
I don’t expect my weight to fluctuate much in one way or another. And I remind myself that stable weight is often a better sign of health than being in a state of loss. I used to find I was the opposite to everyone else – I’d gain weight in summer and lose it in winter. I can only assume this was because in summer I’d eat plenty of ice cream, whereas in winter I’d live off soup, which was generally populated with significantly fewer calories.
So as always – eat what agrees with you. Enjoy the new season, and all it brings, wherever you are and whatever that means for you.