Happy Friday the 13th day of #40DaysOfSelfCare! Today’s self-care tip for NOURISH is going to keep you cool this summer.
I’m sharing four cooling foods to support health and well-being when the weather heats up. Summer is associated with the fire element due to longer days of sunlight and hot, humid weather. Excess heat in the environment causes the body and mind to heat up much quicker.
Signs of excess heat include: burning in the stomach, excess perspiration, low energy, and feelings of irritation, anger or jealousy. Thankfully, I now live in Santa Barbara - a moderate climate with cool ocean breezes. However, I lived 9 years in Nashville, where I relied on cooling foods to prevent me from overheating and having meltdowns like an ice cream cone on a July afternoon.
Here are my favorite four cooling foods with tips to weave them into your summer meals:
1. Cilantro. The quintessential cooling food of Mexican, Mediterranean, Thai, and Indian foods, and my go-to garnish for just about every summer dish. Chop and sprinkle in salads, rice, soups, and sandwiches.
2. Coconut. Flakes and oil. Besides having a cooling effect for digestion and the body, coconut flakes are a good source of Omega 6 fatty acids. Sprinkle them on oatmeal, blend in smoothies, and include in baked goods. Sauté veggies in coconut oil. Also, coconut oil is a wonderful summer body moisturizer due to its cooling action on the skin.
3. Mint. Fresh mint sprigs are refreshment wonders! As an herbal medicinal, mint relieves nervous tension and emotional irritation. Add mint to water, smoothies, and libations. Alcohol has a heating effect in the body, so mint acts as a cooling antidote.
4. Lime. Although lime is sour like it’s citrus cousin the lemon, it is cooling to digestion. Add freshly squeezed lime juice to water. Blend the juice into homemade salad dressings, or drizzle over meats and rice dishes.
Pop over here to check out easy recipes for cooling summer libations using mint and lime.
By being aware of the effects of summer weather and then applying simple self-care remedies, excess heat in the body and mind can be reduced. When the seasons change, people switch their home climate control systems from the furnace to the air conditioner – from a system of heating to cooling. Likewise, simple changes to diet and lifestyle helps maintain coolness in the body and mind.
Cheers to a cool, cool summer!
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Start to be aware of your heat triggers and begin to minimize or avoid these triggers. Add 1-2 of the cooling foods into your weekend meal plan. Make an AyurAde tonic, kick up your feet under a shade tree, and enjoy some R&R this evening!
p.s. #40DaysOfSelfCare is also happening on my Instagram (@kellenbrugman) should you want to connect with me there.