Glimpses of summer have arrived. Nature has officially woken. The flowers are in bloom and the birds are chirping away in the early morning hours.
As I stroll the streets and park trails, I can feel the shift in energy. There is an overall enthusiasm about life and certainly more visible smiles and laughter. You can’t help but feel a little more playful at this time of year.
Every season has an energetic element and personality so to speak. The summer season is a time of transformation. It is a time to take action.
In the weeks ahead, can you take a moment and ask, “Where am I in regards to the ideas/goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year? Am I on track? Do I need a reset? Or perhaps a change in direction?”
If you truly want to create something new in your life, this is the time to take some action. It can be related to your physical health, shift in your career, healing in a relationship, to a home project or recreational adventure. Whatever it may be, use the energy of this season to create the inspiration to take action.
Begin with your relationship with food. Everything about this relationship is a great practice ground to expanding all other areas of your life.
Here I share with you eating strategies for the summer season (Want to learn more about our connection to the seasons? Check out my newly released book, The Hidden Messages in Food).
10 Eating Strategies for the Summer Season:
- Emphasize a plant-based dietary pattern. Head to the farmer’s market! It is not a coincidence that nature provides an abundance of fruits and vegetables at this time of year. A more plant-based regimen offers the exact array of nutrients we need to remain healthy during this time.
- Meals are the lightest and brightest of the year. Eat less and move more. Hold off on the rich and heavy meals. They will find their place again as autumn arrives.
- Eat a rainbow diet. The more colorful the better! Within the deepest colors are bioactive compounds supporting our health and vitality.
- Keep the bitter flavor dominant. The bitter flavor helps to protect the heart, which is most vulnerable at this time of year. Add dandelion greens, endive, arugula, chard, asparagus, and quinoa.
- Incorporate foods with a cooling nature. With summer, comes the heat. Choose foods that cool including bok choy, broccoli, zucchini, tomato, cucumber, mango, lemons, and mung beans.
- Use faster cooking preparations. Shift from the long simmering stews of the winter to quick techniques such as steam, blanch, stir-fry, grill, and sauté.
- Hydrate. The climate is hot. Drink more water and eat high water content fruits such as watermelon or cantaloupe. Drop some fresh fruit in your water to enhance the taste.
- Add stone fruits to your diet. Stone fruits are not only full of nutritious qualities, they are also cooling! Go for the peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and cherries.
- Eat your largest meal at lunchtime. Our digestive fire is highest at noon. Eat your largest meal at lunch and make the evening a small meal or even snack.
- Take your dining experiences outside. Summer is a time to connect with others and nature. Who doesn’t love eating at an outdoor café? Another option is to have a BBQ and enjoy some lawn games with friends and family.
Begin aligning yourself with nature’s energies by taking action with your relationship with food. Then it is time to act toward your goals. No matter how big or small the steps are, just keep moving forward. Before you know it, you’ll be reaping the rewards of those steps!
Want to dive deeper into this holistic approach and find out what your relationship with food is telling you? Get your copy of The Hidden Messages in Food today!