What's in Season? Fall Edition

This printable guide makes shopping for fall's freshest produce super simple.

You may be saying goodbye to your favorite summer farmers markets, but that doesn't mean you have to give up seasonal eating, too. As the temperature cools and the leaves begin to drop, local grocery stores, CSA programs, and indoor markets may begin to swap their offerings of strawberries and watermelons for fall favorites like cranberries and cauliflower. Gobbling up these fruits and vegetables that have been picked at peak ripeness will not only vary your diet throughout the year, but also ensure you're getting the harvest's optimum flavor, texture, and even nutritional value. To make shopping for seasonal fruits and vegetables as easy as pumpkin pie, print out this guide to autumn's best produce and bring it on your next trip to the grocery store.


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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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