Eating seasonally + winter weight gain

What is eating seasonally? I would say that eating seasonally is eating what nature provides naturally each season and trying to buy locally. 

Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables is a great idea, but it’s even better if the foods are in season in your area. When you buy foods that are locally in season, your money typically goes directly to the farmer, you get rid of environmental damage (from shipping foods around the world), and you get to enjoy fresh non-processed fruits and vegetables.

Better yet, the food you buy will taste amazing because it is grown in season!

Here is a great website that you can go to and choose your state and the current month– it will tell you what vegetables are in season right now and local farmer’s markets that you can buy them at!

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My theory on winter weight gain

I have been thinking lately about how most people tend to gain weight in the winter and crave “comfort foods” that are starchy and have fats in them. I think it’s important that we listen to our bodies and honor our cravings in a proper way. I crave things like starchy soups, bread with peanut butter, eggs, and hearty meats in the winter.

My theory is that if I’m craving specific food groups like fats and carbohydrates in the winter, my body is probably telling me to eat these foods so that I can gain a few pounds of “padding” to protect me from the cold weather. 

As I have grown up the past few years I noticed that I have gained weight in the winter, but it is a welcome gain because I am able to play outside in the snow and not be shivering 24/7. Adding a little bit of extra body fat can be good-in my opinion.

When spring and summer come along, I am naturally more active because the weather is nice. I walk my dog more, I’m not sitting at a desk all day in school, and the weather is usually great for running + I have more daylight. As spring turns into summer, I notice that I naturally “shed” the winter weight (about 5 – 7 pounds) that protected me from extreme cold just a few months ago.

I guess I’m not getting at a specific point, I’m just sharing my thoughts 🙂

What do you think? Do you eat seasonally and/or do you gain weight in the winter?


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19 comments

  1. I agree completely with you! However, I also think some people gain weight in the winter out of boredom and lack of exercise- I personally know it takes me another push to get me out the door to run or even to go to the gym.

  2. I’m just naturally smaller and in better shape in the summer too. With the longer days and less responsibilities (school) I’m just outside and active the majority of the time. Plus, since I do mostly eat seasonally/locally I get to eat food that I like more – tons of fruits and berries. I don’t know the science behind it but I really do believe that the seasons, sun, and temperatures have a biological effect on us. Some people are so vain and uptight but personally I don’t think there’s anything wrong with weighing a few more pounds during winter. 🙂

  3. I agree with you and that it’s important to listen to our bodies. I think it’s good to gain a few pounds of fat during winter too. Usually during winter time, I crave for more starchy food unless spring/summer where I crave greens. However, this year, I’ve been craving greens ever since winter break ended. I’ve been loving fresh fruits and veggies lately. 🙂

  4. I don’t know that I gain weight, but I definitely lose some muscle/fitness–I’m just not as active with running or even getting to the gym as regularly. I still battle feeling guilty about that–but I need a positive outlook like you! It’s the season, nothing wrong with it, I’ll be back in fightin’ shape come spring…

  5. You know I’ve posted about this a lot and I’ve been trying to do this myself. It’s so good for the environment, the local economy, our bodies, and our wallets ; )

    As for weight gain (again, you already know where I stand on this), I can’t be positive that I gain weight in the winter since I only get weighed at my yearly doc visit, but I feel like I do. I think it’s a healthy thing that probably had some adaptive value for our ancestors. I just feel like if you feed your body good food already and it wants more of something, there’s a reason for it. Our bodies are smart; it’s our brains that mess things up a lot!

    Happy Wednesday my dear!

  6. Great post. I don’t tend to gain weight in the winter because I am much more conscious about what I eat since I know I crave way more comfort food than in summer time. But it wouldnt kill me if I gained a few pounds…we all need a little bit of insulation. I just dont like when people use winter as an excuse to not exercise.

  7. Normally yes, I’d gain weight in the winter, but I’m usually offseason and just enjoying time with family over the holidays,etc etc… this year I’ve obviously lost weight, but it’s not a “natural thing” lol

  8. My A&P professor taught us that this theory is considered to be correct — we crave carbs in the winter/colder weather to help insulate ourselves =) I have Raynaud’s so I’m always cold all the time (well, my extremities at least!) but I definitely notice I can handle cooler temperatures at a higher body fat percentage!!

  9. Totally agree 🙂 Our bodies know best! Eating seasonally is best and loving all the squash for sale right now!!!! good ol carbohydrates!

  10. I feel that I have so much more free time and life is much less stressful during the summer months…so much more enjoyable, too! It’s hard to push my body any harder than my schedule allows right now, so I may not burn as much in the winter. I am starting to recognize my body’s needs better now than I used to be able to!

  11. great point!!! when i was training, the peak of our season was always Dec/Jan ….so we (the skaters) would be the opposite………. in tip top shape and lowest weight during winter, and then with more body fat in the off season (spring, early summer)

  12. Great post! I don’t normally gain weight during the winter. I think if anything I find myself struggling to workout. I like being outdoors and well, you know a chance to get outdoors in the winter doesn’t happen to often around here!

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