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Blazing Days of Summer


By Claire Lipke, R. Ac, B.Sc. Kin, BCRPA Personal Trainer


As the heat of summer shines on us it is apparent that an increase in energy and movement is taking place.  In the summer months from May 5th until August 8th nature reaches its full potential for growth and expansion.  A healthy balance is obtained when we live in close relationship to the changes that nature and the seasons offer.  During these months of summer we are very active and there is a tendency for our energy to flow outward from the core of our body to the surface while depleting our internal warmth through perspiration and drying of our body fluids.

Many people find themselves being active and getting outside to cool off with water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming and stand up paddle boarding.  These are all great activities to cool our bodies and counter balance the blazing heat that summer provides. 


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Other ways to balance the extreme heat of summer are through dietary changes that will clear heat slow and gradually on daily basis.  Ideas to support this idea include eating more raw foods, adding chilled soups to your menu, increasing consumption of salads, trying to add aromatic herbs such as peppermint, dill, cardamom and cilantro to your cooking.  Faster cooking times and higher heat preparation methods such as blanching, stir-frying, sauteing and grilling are excellent choices for summer. 

Foods to avoid in summer would be salty, oily and heavy to digest along with preparation methods that are slow for example roasting or stewing.

In terms of consumption the Chinese idea of “100 Tiny Meals” rings true.  Smaller, lighter meals will reduce stress and ease digestion for your body.  This classic phrase “Eat less, live longer” certainly comes into play.


Wishing you all a summer to remember!

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Watermelon Feta Peppermint Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 7-8 lb. seedless watermelon, chilled
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  •  3/4 tsp black pepper
  •  1 cup fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (goat or sheep milk feta)      

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