Enjoying the Season


berriesRegardless of whether or not you are pursuing fertility treatments at CNY Fertility Center, it is incredibly important to be conscious of what you are putting into your body.  If you think about it, food is the only energy your body runs on.  If you put poor energy in, that is what you will get out of it!  Nutrition can sometimes be difficult, so we have great nutritionists at CNY Healing Arts to help you navigate the best choices. On June 20th our Registered Dietitian in Syracuse, Heather Neely, will be offering a free workshop on Nutrition for Fertility. More info here. Please take advantage of this wonderful, informative workshop!
We are also blessed here in Upstate New York with fertile lands and an abundance beautiful (and healthy!) fruits and vegetables. Just this morning I received an email from the local CSA (community supported agriculture) I joined and I was reminded of Joni Mitchell’s song, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ when she sings,
‘Hey farmer farmer
Put away that ddt now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot”

We really have an abundance of beautiful agriculture right here in our backyard that is just waiting to be picked.  Imagine knowing where all of your food came from, not just the country, but the actual farmer? Unfortunately we have lost that sense of community and accountability that comes with meeting the farmer and seeing the land where our food is cultivated.  This doesn’t mean you have to go and pick each piece of food you eat, but just be conscious of where your food comes from.  Here is a website with some great resources if you are interested in spending a Saturday visiting local farms to pick your own berries and other assorted foods: Localharvest.org.  Another great resource (and a favorite of mine!) is the Syracuse Real Food Co-op right in the Westcott area: Syracuse Real Food Co-op

Another reason to be more conscious of the foods you choose is that it has shown to directly affect your happiness!  The foods we eat influence the serotonin levels in our brain, which are integral in controlling anxiety and depression.  Diets high in sugar and processed foods increase our tendency towards those anxious feelings.
How about this summer you try and spend one Saturday outside in a farm setting picking your own fruits or vegetables.  It is incredibly fun and rewarding, and your mind, body, and spirit will thank you later.
P.S. A good start would be this weekend, as strawberries are set to ripen!  Check Localharvest.org for the closest U-Pick farm.
Lisa Stack