Nature is clever in many ways and one of them is to offer us foods in a particular sequence throughout the year to ensure our bodies have what they need in order to be healthy. Keep your eye out this summer for these foods which have hydrating, cooling, or light properties that can protect us from the heat: melons, blueberries, stone fruit, cucumbers, salad lettuces, zucchini, and corn on the cob. Eating freshly picked local food also means you’ll be getting fruits and vegetables when they are at their highest nutritional value and when they taste their best!
Stock your kitchen with these seasonal alternatives:
Remember that every day is different, and how you relate to your seasonal diet will also be. Stay curious about how you feel as your food choices to align with the nature world around you.
In addition to dietary changes, some of my favorite daily self-care routines for this season include morning meditation with a loving-kindness theme, napping in the afternoon, misting with rose water in the afternoon while at my desk, exercising in the early morning, and a little quality time outdoors after work to connect with nature. Including small daily practices done regularly can help you reduce excess heat in the mind/body, which may flare up in a hot season.
Here is my Summer Recipe for Success:
I suggest folding some or all of these practices into your daily routine to see how they help you stay cool in the summer.
And I really hope you enjoy the tasty benefits of my Arugula and Watermelon Salad recipe below.
Please check out my 5-day Summer Ayurveda Yoga Challenge, recorded live in Ojai, California, in June of 2020!
Prepare all the salad ingredients and place in a large bowl. Stir dressing ingredients together in a small container until blended. Drizzle dressing onto salad and toss until the salad is evenly coated with dressing. Enjoy!