APRIL | What’s In Season

I haven’t been feeling myself. My body feels like it’s shut down and all I want to do is sleep. It may be the rain, the seasonal allergies, or my period, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I’ve been on sugar overload. Whenever I’m not feeling good about what I ate, I refer back to my Clean & Lean shopping list and eat fruits and vegetables in season. Eating fruits and vegetables in season has many benefits, including detoxing your body. The following fruits and vegetables are in season, my favorite being the avocado.

Fruits and Vegetables in Season April Spring

Baby Spinach
Broccoli Rabe
Fiddlehead Ferns (I didn’t include this in the graphic because they grossed me out)
Fresh Mint
Morel Mushrooms (these grossed me out too)
Mustard Greens
Pixie Mandarins
Red Watercress
Spring Onions
Vidalia Onions
Wild Dandelion

Between eating on-the-go while traveling, a bridal shower last week, and a baby shower this week, I’ve consumed more sugar in the form of bread, rice krispy treats, cake pops, alcohol, and Crystal Light than I have in months. The old Grace who was concerned with what the scale said would’ve moped and beaten herself up, and then ate another cookie. But the Grace of today dusted the dirt off her shoulders, did her clean eating shopping, and laced up her sneakers to run 500 meter sprints.

running and timing intervals with iphone
The times weren’t great and I struggled. I felt fatigued, winded, and exhausted after only a total of two miles ran. It was a clear sign that I didn’t have the right kind of fuel in my body, but it’s ok. The important thing is that I got out there and I’ll be back in no time. The More/Fitness Half Marathon that’s in two weeks won’t know what hit her.

Here’s the thing about life, no matter how hard we try we CANNOT and WILL NOT be perfect. I can’t eat clean all the time, nor be on a marathon training regiment all the time. It’s exhausting and it’s just not what life’s about. But I CAN do it for seasons and in the long run, I will be healthy overall because of it.

Wherever you are in your health and fitness journey, don’t give up because where you are at the moment is not where you will be at the finish line when it matters. It’s not the end, until it’s the end.

You’ll know when it’s the end: when you can’t walk, breathe, or eat. It’s called death! :)

Enjoy this season. Enjoy the fruits and vegetables of April, and try a new recipe like this Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble or this Broccolini Salad. Enjoy the (hopefully) warmer weather. Go for a run, walk, or jump rope with your kid. Go out there and enjoy April, you fool!

I intend to.

About gracekelle

Grace Kim, also known as gracekelle, is a fitness and healthy lifestyle blogger in New York City. She is a two-time marathoner and Guiness World Record setter. She blogs about new workouts, recipes, and the current trends for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Grace has shed nearly 70 pounds and has found new life through running. She is passionate about helping other women discover their potential and live their best lives now.
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  • Anne Sweeney

    Oh Grace, fiddleheads are scrumptious! They taste like a cross between broccoli and asparagus. To cook them, just trim the ends a little bit and steam them just as you would asparagus. Top with some butter or seasoned olive oil. They have a very short season, so grab them when you see them!

    • http://www.leangirlsclub.com gracekelle

      Anne- thank you for reminding that I should get over my quirks and just try it. I bet they are scrumptious! I’m going to have to go out and get them at the farmer’s market. Now, what to do with those morel mushrooms!

    • http://www.leangirlsclub.com/ gracekelle

      Anne- thank you for reminding that I should get over my quirks and just try it. I bet they are scrumptious! I’m going to have to go out and get them at the farmer’s market.