July 2014 Newsletter: Summertime for Something New!

"The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all - doing nothing."  Benjamin Franklin

Summer is in full swing! Do you notice in summertime how everything seems promising? The plants are in bloom, the lush green grass is soothing and inviting, and the sun feels glorious on your skin. The longer days give you boundless energy, making you feel that anything is possible. Why not harness this energy, ride the wave of summer, and try something new? 

We live at an intense pace (physical, emotional, and mental), and we often get stuck in a routine, for the sake of efficiency or ease or out of fear of unfamiliar territory. The lack of variety in doing the same things over and over can stagnate not only our minds, but also our bodies and hearts.

What is something you have never done before or that you have wanted to do for a long time? Choose your own adventure: organize a hike, take a dance class, visit new towns and restaurants, or set a goal for a new personal fitness challenge. Maybe it’s time to discover a new raw vegetable dish or cooling salad!

These foods have a cooling effect on the body. Their lightness and their high water, fiber, and vitamin content work together to act as our internal air conditioning during these warm months. During summer, we also need fewer high-density, high-energy foods because we get so much energy from being outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

There is no better season than summer to have fun creating your own fresh, tasty, creative salad combinations. By simply tossing together several of your favorite raw veggies, naked or with a light dressing, you have a perfect meal for a hot summer day.

  • Try your favorite leafy lettuce with various sliced, diced, or grated veggies. The possible combinations are endless (carrots, celery, cucumber, daikon, radish, etc.).
  • Mix in fresh herbs for a wonderful option, packed full of flavor.
  • Experiment with adding diverse forms of protein to your salads, such as nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, tempeh, avocado, fish, or poultry.
  • Pick up a light and healthy dressing at your local health food store, or mix up something easy, like lemon juice, black pepper, and olive oil.

I have an easy, refreshingly cooling, and nutritious salad recipe for you to start with: mint-sesame seed-cucumber salad.