Healthy Eating from Early to Late Summer
#TraditionalChineseMedicine is all about balance.
In this ancient system, the key to health is to move through the world in such a way that our bodies can remain in balance. This idea connects to sleep patterns, what we eat, and ultimately the flow of #Qi (energy) throughout the body.
For that reason, healthy eating in #summertime , according to TCM, is all about using cooling foods to balance out how hot it is outside. In other words, we can find balance from the inside out.
With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for #healthyfoods to keep you cool and active all summer long:
Fresh #fruits like watermelons, strawberries, tomatoes and pear are cooling and have strong yin energy. Summer meals should be predominately fruits/vegetables according to TCM.
Fresh #vegetables that are in season in your region are also a great choice, especially cooling vegetables like cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, peppers, celery, carrots and cauliflower.
Summer #herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley and mint are a great, healthy addition to most recipes. These are also natural diuretics and heavy-metal #detoxifiers which flush excess waste from the body.
The best foods to eat vary with geography.
If you live in a place where summer days are long, but not very hot and the nights get really cool, incorporate more neutral or warming fruits and vegetables into your summer smorgasbord. These can include most varieties of squash, especially pumpkin, butternut and acorn squash, lentils and legumes, whole grains like brown rice and root vegetables like beets, potatoes and parsnips.
In places with cooler summers, or during late summer, diet is about prioritizing self-nourishment so it can be utilized as energy. Choose smart sugars that won’t clog up the spleen pathway including apples, carrots, dates, figs, grapes, peaches, pears, sweet potatoes and squash.
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