One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to shop at the farmers market every week. I love running into friends that I haven’t seen in awhile and chatting with some of my favorite vendors that I have come to know over the years. Of course, the best part of the farmers market is the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices available throughout the summer. I even plan my menus around the vegetables that are in season each week. Why do I do this? Because there’s nothing healthier than a farm-to-table, nutritional diet. Read on to learn how the nutrients in these foods can improve your overall health and wellbeing.

When I think of the word “health” I think of “deliberate wellbeing.” In other words, it’s choosing to be well. Our choices—including our food choices—impact how we feel today and how we age over time. Incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into our meals helps support a nutritional diet and our overall health in all areas of wellness.

W*A*I Wellness

I’ve talked about the W*A*I Pointes™ program quite a bit in my blogs lately. W*A*I* stands for Who Am I and it focuses on nine specific areas of wellness. Here’s the scoop on how good nutrition affects each of these nine areas:

What you eat really does affect your menopause symptoms

If you eat a lot of starches/sugars during the day, you will probably suffer from night sweats when you go to bed. And, what happens when you don’t sleep well? You feel tired and lethargic the next day. It’s a vicious cycle, but you can avoid it simply by making smart choices—especially when it comes to what you eat. Plan ahead to make things easier on yourself. Set a menu for the week (including lunches) and make a list of what you need before going to the farmers market. Remember, try to keep a nutritional diet in mind.

I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite recipes that includes ingredients you can find at the farmers market. You can adjust some of the amounts to your specific taste or to follow your nutritional diet. I think you will like it as much as I do!

Diana’s Pesto

Ingredients:

Directions: If you prefer, roast the nuts before you start making the pesto; otherwise, proceed to the next step. Place the garlic pieces in a food processor and pulse until well chopped. Add the nuts, fresh parmesan, and basil, and process until well combined. With the food processor still on, drizzle olive oil over the mixture and process until desired thickness. Enjoy!

By Dr. Diana Bitner