Food is not just carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals; the body also looks at it as information about what season it is and planning how it should respond and ultimately your survival. This has been programmed into our genes over thousands of generations and we unconsciously respond accordingly every time we eat.

Before the advent of modern agriculture and grocery stores the changing of the seasons meant our diets changed too throughout the year, there were times of plenty and inevitably more sparse periods. These changes in food type and quantity caused our bodies to react differently to what we were ingesting. In the late summer months when more ripened sugar laden foods are more plentiful and the days are longer the body is programmed to store as much as it can as body fat for the long winter ahead when food supplies will dwindle. So along with the invention of artificial lights the abundance of fruits, sugars and other out of season the foods our bodies thinks it’s constantly late summer and it keeps packing on those pounds in preparation for the winter that ultimately never comes.

Eat like its winter.