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Use Food to Keep Cool This Summer

I met a woman who lived in a 6th floor walk up apartment in New York City.

When she first moved in she had a window air conditioner but she didn’t like not having fresh air around her so she removed it.She loved opening the windows and using a fan. And she was one of the most vibrant, healthy and thriving people I’d ever met!

I couldn’t help wondering how she could live like that. I was so used to having AC, so I just had to ask her, “It gets so hot in here in the summer, what do you do to keep cool?”.

She answered, “I eat watermelon”. I said, “But it gets REALLY hot in here. If you’re still hot what do you do next?”. She answered, “I eat some more.”.

Her answer at first surprised me. But when I thought about it, she was really connecting and listening to what her body needed. She was using food to help her body deal with the heat.

Before all the modern conveniences, people had to use what was available to keep cool. Food was one of the options. They used what was available and in season. Most foods were locally grown and were a perfect match for where they lived and the weather they were dealing with.

In the summer, many of the foods that are in season are “cooling” light foods. Fruits like her watermelon, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches and tomatoes are light, refreshing foods. So are the summer vegetables, the peppers, cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini. They’re juicy when ripe and help quench your thirst.

Instinctively, your body wants the foods that help it deal with the circumstances surrounding it. When it’s hot, it wants lighter, cooling, hydrating foods.

As you make your way through this summer of record setting temperatures, be sure to include the light summer fare that your body is craving! They are your answer to naturally keeping cool!

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