Here in Texas, we can find a variety of fresh produce in our grocery stores year-round thanks to modern transportation. But the costs of transporting produce that is not in season here increase its price, so buying seasonal foods that were grown relatively close is generally better for your wallet. Check out this Seasonal Food Guide from Sustainable Table for a list of the best seasonal produce in Texas throughout the year.
Seasonal produce is both delicious and helps reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. To really take advantage of the season’s healthy selections, focus on color. Choose dark green leafy vegetables like spinach over lighter green vegetables, which are not as rich in nutrients. Incorporate yellow and orange into your diet with mangos, squash, and carrots; red with beets, strawberries, and tomatoes; and blue and purple with blueberries, blackberries, and plums.
At summer gatherings, try to be mindful of portion sizes and incorporate healthy, fiber-rich foods like kale salad or grilled vegetables. Looking for more dinner ideas? Try these fish tacos with watermelon salsa or this farro and corn salad. Here’s to a happy, healthy summer!
Photo credit: Self.com. Condé Nast, 2016. http://www.self.com/food/2014/07/farmers-market-produce-season-now/
Some pain or discomfort is muscular. Mild discomfort that builds gradually during exercise may be due to the accumulation of lactic acid, which is normal and not indicative of injury or the need to cease exercising. Continuing the movement at a decreased intensity should alleviate the discomfort within a minute or so. However if the discomfort is ever severe or escalates to acute pain, stop the exercise immediately.
You may also find that in the days following an increase in exercise duration or intensity, you feel a bit more sore than usual. This type of post-exercise soreness is also common, and generally not harmful either. But if the soreness is more than mild, you may want to temporarily reduce the intensity or change your mode of training to allow the affected muscles more time to recover.
The type of pain that is most concerning is that which occurs around a joint. Sharp pain that comes on quickly is a red flag that something isn't right. Even if an acute injury hasn't occurred, sudden pain is your body's way of alerting you to a possible threat. Listening to it's cues is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe and injury-free. Muscle sprains and strains, tendinitis, and other common exercise-related injuries will be exacerbated by continued pressure or stretching. So it is extremely important to cease exercising immediately if sudden pain occurs.
If you are working with a trainer or group exercise instructor and experience either discomfort or pain, during or after your workouts, let them know what you're feeling. They are qualified to advise you on how to adapt exercises to avoid pain, and if and when to stop a particular exercise. Exercise shouldn't hurt! Consult your medical provider if you are concerned about repeated exercise-related pain.