One of the things I love about peaches is that the taste of summer itself is captured in the peach at the moment of harvest. Peach varieties build in sugar as the days lengthen from May to late June. By the time the July and early August varieties of peaches come around, they are riding the momentum of a summer that has allowed them to build sophisticated tastes and high sugar into their fruit. This week we have chosen to include the Super Rich Peach, which is a yellow, early-season, cling variety. Peaches can be classified by three different pit types: cling, semi-cling, and freestone. Cling peaches are the type where the fruit is woven into the pit. Freestone are those varieties where the pit is separated from the flesh. Semi-cling are an in-between fruit where the flesh is attached but not wholly embedded into the pit. Enjoy these May days of early peaches, knowing that it only gets better from here.
Enjoy and be fruitful! – Chris Mittelstaedt firstname.lastname@example.org
Two minutes for better eating habits
by Deb Herlax, The FruitGuys nutritionist, email@example.com.
About fifty percent of us are emotional eaters: people who turn to food not only when hungry, but when bored, lonely, or stressed. This is not a healthy approach to eating. An August 2004 report from the BBC stated that researchers found that emotional eaters did not feel satisfied after eating, and usually they felt more stress and/or guilt after eating for the wrong reasons. The fastest growing group of emotional eaters are women between the ages of 35-55. These women are typically high achieving, organized, and successful people.
What can be done to break the habit of impulsively reaching for food? A simple solution is to do something else for at least two minutes. For most of us, this is enough time to allow the craving to pass. The other benefit is that if you follow the two-minute rule, you force yourself to become aware of why you are eating and begin to recognize patterns of eating for emotion rather than hunger or energy needs. This can help people get on the road to giving their body what it truly needs.
Here are a few other ideas to help curtail emotional eating:
1)Drink a glass of a water or hot beverage. A Penn State study found that hot liquids will curb your appetite.
2)Go outside. A change of scene, even for a minute or two, can change your endorphin levels. You will feel better since you have more happy-hormones circulating and may be less inclined to grab the candy bar.
3)If you need to eat something, eat fruit! Fruit is high in fiber and water, and this dynamic duo will fill you up and give you energy.