This is such an exciting time of year, summer has finally arrived! The sun is out, and we start becoming much more active. We get to ‘shed our winter skin’ you could say, and get out to enjoy the fresh air and hit the beach. Historically, this is what we are made to do, and our bodies will work better if we eat according to the seasons.
Part of shedding our skin could include cleansing and releasing some of the stagnicity in our organ systems. Summer is the time to think about adjusting our eating style.
Eating more raw and cooling foods will help nourish and hydrate our cells. Raw foods take more energy to metabolize and therefore help chill the body, along with their increased water content. Not only is eating ‘in the raw’ more hydrating, it also provides more fiber, and a lot of vibrant enzymes to benefit our digestion. This is turn, helps with toxin elimination.
Snack on more fresh fruit plates, and aim for more raw cucumber, zucchini, and watermelon. Salads are amazing this time of year, enjoy some bitter greens and fresh spinach to gently boost some liver detoxification.
Visit local farmers and pick some organic berries to increase your energy and take in extra antioxidants. Eating like this is especially important people who have ‘hot’ constitutions ( Energetic people who are prone to overheating, vibrant blood flow, warm to the touch etc.). Try to avoid heavy congestive meals, and opt to go a little lighter on the animal products (meat, dairy and eggs especially).
Your digestion will thank you. Incorporate some fresh and tasty herbs into your meals; parsley, mint, and cilantro are fabulous. These not only give amazing flavor to your food, they also help gently detoxify and chelate toxin heavy metals from your body.
Since winter may have brought on more warm, rich, or creamy foods (possibly contributing to some congestion in the body and a few extra pounds gained around the middle) it is important to cleanse your organs and lighten the load faced by the digestive tract. Eat seasonally to help clean, nourish and hydrate your body to ensure you stay healthy, happy and properly fueled for a fun and active Vancouver summer.
Easy Tomato & Watermelon Salad
- 5 cups (3/4-inch) seeded watermelon cubes
- 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 small organic red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
- Organic Romaine lettuce leaves
- Combine watermelon and tomatoes in a large bowl; sprinkle with sugar and salt, tossing to coat. Let stand 15 minutes.
- Stir in onion, vinegar & oil. Cover and chill 2 hours. Serve chilled with lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper to taste and enjoy!