3 Healthy Things to do for Yourself this Summer

I love the summer and with such an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables around, its a great time to get healthy and happy! If you do the following three things for yourself, you'll feel great and you'll be helping your local farmers.

Farmers Market

1) Join a CSA.

The term "CSA" stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA farms provide a weekly delivery of sustainably grown vegetables and herbs to you during the growing season. The Fair Share CSA Coalition has a nice list of CSAs on their website. When you become a member of a CSA, you are forming a positive relationship with the people who raise your food, and in return they are committed to raising your food with sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. With a CSA membership you don’t so much “buy” food from a particular farm as become a “member” of the farms. CSA operations provide more than just food; they offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm. You also know that your food is grown locally and handled minimally - not shipped from across the country or even across the world!

2) Attend your local farmer's market.

Farmers markets are similar to CSAs, but instead of automatically getting a box of food delivered to you every two weeks, you go to the market. You’ll find the countryside’s best bounty of in-season vegetables, just-picked flowers, whole grain breads, fresh cheeses made from local cow and sheep's milk, and many other specialty products like chilies, salsas, pasta, scones and more! American farmers produce so many remarkably yummy treats! And, through buying direct from the farmer/producer and cutting out the distributor, more money remains in the farmer's small community. That's good for everyone.

3) Buy a Juicer.

Local, fresh food is more likely to foster health and prevent illness than heavily processed foods. Now that you've got a surplus of fresh organic veggies from your CSA membership and the farmer's market, you can make the world's most potent heath tonic - fresh green juice. Green vegtable drinks allow you to consume a concentrated blast of nutrient-rich plant foods. The enzymes and amino acids in green juices detoxify the body, and restore normal pH blood alkalinity. A good combination is kale, celery, ginger, mint, green apple, and lemon. Juicers also make amazing fresh apple, orange, or tomato juice. 

Get out there and enjoy summer!

~ by Sarah Manski for PosiPlanet, the blog of the founders of PosiPair.com

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