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What’s in Season in September in Tennessee

September is a sweet spot for produce in Tennessee. Both summer and fall flavors are in play, which means a chance to take advantage of some things for the last time (cantaloupe, raspberries, snap peas) and to sneak a first taste of others (arugula, carrots, collard greens). For Laura Lea Goldberg, certified holistic chef and cookbook author in Nashville, September is the ideal time to get creative with local flavors. And she knows just where to start. “For me, the first step for shopping and cooking local is to find your closest local farmers market,” Goldberg says. “Get to know your neighborhood one, whether that’s by looking on Instagram or just driving around your neighborhood. If you don’t have a market close by, a lot of grocery stores like Kroger and Publix will have a local food section. It may be small, but it’s there; You just have to ask.” Once you’re there, see what looks good, and cross-reference that with what’s in season. A good place to do that: the Tennessee seasonality calendar on …

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A Lupus Diet That Can Ease Your Symptoms and Improve Your Health

I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 11 years old and have been coping with it for the past 29 years. As a teen, I believed that my health depended solely on my prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the foods I put in my body could also have a significant effect. It also didn’t dawn on me that my daily consumption of junk food was terrible — and I had no idea there was such a thing as a “lupus diet.” I first learned about this diet in college. I had been feeling terrible, so my best friend suggested I eat less pizza, tacos and Chinese food, and instead consume more fruits, veggies and lean meats. I took her advice and adopted a lupus diet. With practice, I learned which foods triggered a “lupus flare,” and which ones made me feel 100 times better. Lupus and Lupus Diets Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin, tissues, joints and organs. When you have lupus, your immune system can’t tell the difference between harmful …

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Health Benefits of Local Honey

Honey has been used as a natural sweetener for thousands of years. Today, local honey is still used to improve food and drinks, and many people also use it as a way to maintain good health. Raw, local honey contains many enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that your body needs — and it may even help prevent seasonal allergies. What Is Raw Honey? Honey is considered raw if it has not been heated during a pasteurization process. Commercial honey is often heated to kill bacteria and other contaminants. However, the heating process also destroys enzymes and other healthy components. While pasteurized honey looks clear and smooth, raw honey usually has a cloudier appearance and may contain pieces of the beeswax called cappings. Raw honey is in its pure, right-out-of-the-hive form. It’s harvested from the honeycomb using a centrifuge, and then strained through cheesecloth to remove large pieces of beeswax. Raw honey and organic honey are not necessarily the same. Organic honey is made by bees that pollinate organic flowers. It may also be unpasteurized, and …