Seasonal Eating, Fat Gain, and The Whole Process

Fall is officially in the air in Chico!  The mornings are cooler, it’s getting dark earlier and it’s not BLAZING hot!  YAY!!!  Another sure sign of fall is seeing pumpkins, squash and autumn hues everywhere.  Fall also means, new foods to choose from.  We always talk about the importance of eating seasonally.  It keeps variety in our diet and provides more nutrients (eating the same thing over and over you will lose out on certain nutrients).  It is cheaper because the produce is in abundance at that time (who doesn’t want to save a dime or two?).  It tastes better (ever have a strawberry out of season…enough said!).  Also, you support local famers and help save the environment (less travel time to ship food if it’s local).


With that said, have you noticed how a lot of fall veggies are more starchy?  We have pumpkins, turnips, sweet potatoes and every type of squash you could think of.  But we always talk about low carb and sticking to leafy greens…how are we supposed to do that and eat seasonally?  Mark’s Daily Apple posted this article the other day from Calton Nutrition that gives another reason as to why we should eat seasonally.  Yes, it’s better for our health…but maybe there is more.  Maybe it’s our body’s evolutionary way of regulating our body weight.  The higher starchy veggies may serve more of a purpose this time of year than we think.  Who knows???

When you read this article, please don’t think I am telling you to go eat sweet potatoes and pumpkin every meal and cut back on your exercise.  It’s just a different perspective that I found interesting.  Tell me your thoughts.

Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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