I know it can seem a little hard to believe but summer is just around the corner. Whatever the weather, nature still gives a pretty good show with the colourful blooms and heady magnolias perfuming the world. Will it be a season of heat with us all seeking out the nearest fountain or will it be a time dashing about in splashing puddles? One thing is for sure, we’re finally reaching the apex of the year.
In Chinese medicine summer is catergorised as a time of high yang, which classically means heatwaves and drought, thirst and prickliness. To combat this, very cooling and heat-reducing foods were often used as people ate green leafy vegetables, cucumbers, bitter melons, okra and drank copious amounts of tea: green, oolong, red, pu-erh or chrysanthemum.
While London summers can be unpredictable, you can always guarantee that once the sun is shining, the barbecues will be heating up as well. A source of real “heaty-ness” bbq food can be very drying on the system and reduce the yin. Recover from barbecue overdose with a nice warm salad of edamame beans, salad greens, tomato and salmon.
Mangoes with their sweet nectar can also be quite heaty so don’t overindulge. Refresh with watermelon and pears, strawberries and cherries. Eat all the flavours of the rainbow!
Summer is a time of growth and blossoming. All the energy harvested throughout the year finally has time to shine and stretch out its arms. Use the long days to exercise your body, mind and spirit.
Wake up and feel the energy whizzing through your body reaching every bone, muscle, tendon and cell. Open your eyes and really see the colours and feel the summer breeze on your cheeks. Imagine yourself as one big solar panel and soak up all the summer energy.
Meet up with friends, enjoy nature whether it’s the countryside, beach holiday or your local park. Go out and smile and share the glory that is a world truly alive.
Image: Flickr/ Nick Kenrick
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