GO TO YOUR LOCAL FARMERS' MARKET
Today's challenge might sound easy to many; just go to a farmers' market. It is however multi-layered.
Farmers' markets are known for offering great selections of fresh produce. Often they are organic sources, or of very high quality. That means the food you buy (even the sweet stuff) is more than likely going to be higher in nutrients, with means less processing, and more of the good stuff.
But these markets also offer other benefits that can out-trump the pure nutritional value.
Things like community for example.
Community in food might not spark an immediate connection to healthy eating, but it’s important.
When people come together, they feel connected. When they feel connected, they feel a part of something and want to continue. Sustainable habits are what we are after, right?!
It’s why humans like to give ourselves labels. It binds us to others and gives a tribe. This sense of belonging can help us to keep coming back and wanting to involve ourselves further in that community which again, is good news for our healthy habit.
Community in a farmers market might not mean what you think either. You don’t necessarily need to know anyone, or even talk to anyone. It can just be being a part of the crowd of like-minded-people. A crowd that you know also probably values their health and quality in their life instead of the bog-standard stuff in supermarkets.
Not to mention that people who wake up on a Sunday morning to go specially to buy good food, also get other benefits like exercise, fresh air, and motivation for the day.
Another benefit of a farmers' market is that they help you to build curiosity around food. Many of the foods you will see will be either new to you, or a variety that you probably haven’t tried before. This can help to get us excited which is important because as adults, we are often bored of the same food we see every day- another reason chocolate looks so appealing in its shiny wrappers- and by seeing something novel, we can become like children again and get excited.
Let’s also not forget that many of the people who will be selling at the markets have grown, or produced the food themselves. They are not some big corporation. They really care about the origin and journey of the food and are experts in their knowledge of what you are eating. They can teach you, impassion you, and are often more than happy to share their craftsmanship with you.
The experience is fantastic habit, and an act well worth your time. Even if you don’t buy anything, and just want to window shop it’s a great way to browse, get ideas, and become more exposed to what real food is.