There are days that we don’t eat what we should. Sometimes those days become weeks and then those weeks start to show up more frequently than we care to admit. Things happen, it’s not always avoidable. Your work schedule starts to consume your free time, your family needs you around the clock, there’s no time to go shopping – that’s life it hits when you least expect it. We can start to rely on fast food, microwaveable meals, sugary drinks, and way too much coffee; it’s fast, it’s easy, it’s cheap, it’s convenient, it’s edible – not delicious but edible, and for some time it works and our bodies just power through. But after a while, fatigue sets in. We get strung out, tired, lazy, bloated, uncomfortable, like someone’s before picture in a weight-loss commercial.
Sometimes we just get in these habits of mistreating our bodies. To call it abuse seems dramatic but it leaves you feeling unhealthy inside with all of those symptoms mingling about. Sure, exercise is a great way to kickstart yourself onto the path of healthiness, but for all of us, diet matters. It’s the most important thing to maintain.
It’s summer time in South Jersey and for those of us trying to kick a habit of eating bad food, this is the time to do it. Just listen… someone in Berlin is having an argument right now with someone from out of state about the superiority of Jersey tomatoes. Someone else is screaming at a native Philadelphian about Jersey corn. Where else in the continental United States are people this psycho/crazy/fanatic about their local produce? Outside of the Garden of Eden you’d think there would be no other room for debate.
The summer months are prime time for the most delicious fruit and vegetables this side of the Mississippi and this side of the Mason-Dixon Line, and they will not only put you on the path back toward a healthy lifestyle, they’ll put you on the expressway with no worry of rush hour traffic.
Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals of all kinds that fuel your immune system, red blood cells, skin and bone formation, the reinforcement of collagen and connective tissue. They provide your body with protein, agents that metabolize fat, and more energy to burn.
You already know the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, but these are Jersey fruits and vegetables! The Garden State is populated by farms up and down the coast that grow them sustainably and locally for markets, stores, and restaurants around them. Not only can you enjoy the taste and health benefits of native Jersey produce, but you can take pride knowing that your food is supporting the livelihoods of those who take their own pride in growing it.
Good food truly changes lives and at SJ Hot Chefs we say that without a shred of insincerity. You can’t always make time for the healthiest choice, but when you can it certainly benefits more than just your taste buds.