Summer is here: How to eat for the warmer season
Memorial Day officially marks the beginning of summer, and as the temperatures soar we make many changes in our lifestyle, from applying sunscreen to wearing shorts. We should also be making changes in what and how we eat. Below are some guidelines to follow to make it a healthy and enjoyable summer.
Warm temps, cool foods
When the air around us is hot, we want cooling foods in our bodies. Cooling and hydrating foods are essential in the summer time, especially if you have signs of excess heat like heartburn, inflammation and flushed skin. Try to avoid salty, spicy and sour foods, which are heating. Eat foods that naturally cool the body, like mint, cilantro, cucumbers, celery and dark greens.
Summer is a great time to eat sweet, and not just ice cream. Fruit is in season and can be found ripe, juicy and sweet, from berries to peaches. And of course there is the summertime favorite: watermelon. It’s light, hydrating and delicious.
Listen to your body
During summer, our bodies naturally have a lighter appetite. The winter season is for filling our bodies with hearty and warming foods. But now we can come out of hibernation and lighten up. It’s the perfect time to enjoy lighter meals.
Now is the season to shop local. There is an abundance of locally grown foods, so load up at your local farmers’ market. Enjoy freshly picked tomatoes, a green salad, fresh herbs (like basil), snap peas and more. There really is a difference when you eat these foods fresh and in season.
Summer is the perfect time for a picnic, an outdoor potluck, or dinner on the deck. Gather your family or a group of friends and enjoy a nice meal where you sit down and take time to eat, while enjoying being outside.
With the heat and sun bearing down on you, it’s really important to stay hydrated in the summer. Of course you should drink water, but if you want something more, you can try these add-ins: lemon, mint, cucumber and strawberries. You can also drink coconut water.