What to eat in this summer heat?

It's hot outside and we're still spending a great deal of time indoors, making our own food and trying to figure out the best ways to navigate ourselves through this season. So what should we eat?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we focus on a way of living - a healthy lifestyle rather than looking for a "quick fix." This is the overall goal of approaching wellness holistically. An important part of this is learning healthy ways of eating. We call it Eastern Nutrition Traditional Chinese Medicine. Eastern Nutrition considers two main things: 1) the current season and 2) your body's specific needs.

So how can you know what is best for your body in this summer season? There are certain foods that generally benefit everyone during the summer season. In the hottest months of the summer, we want foods that keep us cool and hydrated such as:

  • Watermelon

  • Cucumber

  • Celery

  • Plums

  • Lemon/Lime

We also expend a lot of energy doing the most common things due to the summer heat and sometimes this can make us sweat more. Even though, sweating seems like a natural function of our body, we may lose more fluid than we can afford to lose and it can make us tired. To support your body through this heat and supply it with more energy, try including foods such as:

  • Summer Squash

  • Rice

  • Quinoa

  • Chinese Red Dates (cooked)

  • Sprouted grains

Although many of us have lost our desire to eat during this summer heat, it's important to keep a good routine of eating so remember to eat - but just eat light. If you are struggling to find the desire, try having an orange or add some spices or herbs to your food and drinks. Sometimes utilizing our sense of smell may entice our appetite!

Recipe Suggestions:

Cucumber Rosemary Splash (A Refreshing 16 Fl Oz Drink)

  • 1 sprig of Rosemary

  • 6 - 8 thinly sliced cucumber (1/8 inch thick approx.)

  • 1-2 thinly sliced raw ginger

  • 16 fl oz of water/ or sparkling water

  • honey optional (to taste)

In a 16 oz cup, first place the ginger and cucumber at the bottom. Then add your (sparkling) water and finally the sprig of rosemary. If you prefer it sweet, add honey to taste at the end. Let it sit for a few minutes before drinking.

Watermelon Bowl (to make a bowl for 2-4 servings)

  • 16-32 watermelon balls (need a melon-scooper for this)

  • handful of fresh mint leaves

  • 4-6 thinly sliced ginger

  • 8 thinly sliced lemon or lime

  • 1/2 cup of water or sparkling water

In a medium sized bowl, place the ginger and lemon/lime slices at the bottom, then take the handful of mint leaves and spread them out over the ginger and lemon into the bowl. Finally, add your watermelon balls and slowly add the (sparkling) water. Let it sit in the fridge for 15 -20 min before eating. If it's not sweet enough for you, then you may choose to add some honey or other types of natural sweetener such as stevia or agave syrup.

Thank you and Enjoy!

For more information regarding Eastern Nutrition, please feel free to contact me.

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