April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CN
Welcome to Summer! Longer, warmer days encourage us to be more active, spending greater time outdoors. The sun’s warmth encourages growth and maturation. Plants thrive and begin sharing their abundance with us. This is a season of joy, health and vitality. It’s a time when we are able to blossom and expand like the world around us—ever notice how kids grow more in the Summer? It’s the energy of the season.
The most Yang of all the seasons, Summer relates to the Fire element and the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and the Triple Heater organ systems of the body. By learning to eat with the season we can reap the benefits that Summer has to offer–read more about Summer’s energetics here.
General guideline for eating in Summer
Eat variety–This is the season with the greatest abundance of foods, ready to eat right now. Enjoy the glorious array of brightly colored fresh vegetables, greens and fruits that are available.
Eat more raw–Raw foods cool and clear heat, which can be a blessing in the Summer. If you have a relatively strong digestion and aren’t treating a health condition add some raw into your diet. However, don’t overdo it on the raw. If you’ve ever been one of clients or students you will know that I sometimes but heads with raw food enthusiasts. Too much cold or raw foods will overly chill the digestive system causing contraction and tightness (cold causes spasms and contractions) ultimately your body will have to work harder to try to warm your food up to digest it. Chinese medicine wisdom holds that the Stomach and Spleen (the major rulers of digestion) are like a cauldron and too […]