The flavor of Late Summer is sweet.
Of course, people love ice cream this time of year; but ice cream is damp in nature. It causes out blood sugar to drop during the night, so if you eat it, do so right after dinner not before bed. And, add nuts or eat a a protein with it (eggs, cheese, or meat).
The best foods for the next two months are barley, celery, clams, adzuki beans, garlic, green onions, green tea, horseradish, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin and radishes. Watercress is a very nutrient dense vegetable, too. Watercress has 17 nutrients, fiber, and protein, plus vitamins and minerals. We can get it in our local food stores, so look for it!
As with other fruits and vegetables, organic watercress is best if you can buy it. You can put it in your salad or gluten-free bread sandwiches. It can be used in a stir fry or soups, too.
Or, try cucumbers. Cucumbers are mostly water, so they have a cooling effect also. They have antioxidant flavonoids, B vitamins, and may help reduce inflammation.
Tomatoes also have flavonoids, too. One of them lycopene which helps the prostate (and there’s even more potent when cooked as sauce or paste). Organic tomatoes contain much more Vitamin C that non-organic.
Another favorite this time of the year is watermelon. It is also anti-inflammatory, has nutrients (potassium, magnesium), Vitamin C, A and B6. All of these help with that wore out, vexed feeling which comes from dehydration. Watermelon has 46 calories per serving, but is high in sugar, so only eat a small amount.
My favorite vegetable is avocado. It is easy to get most of the year, and is very inexpensive. Purchasing non-organic is acceptable, due to avocado’s thick skin. (Pesticides and other chemicals cannot get to the fruit.) Eating only on-half of an avocado with your meal can make you feel more full, and 40% of those studied reported feeling less hungry three hours after the meal. Avocado may also help keep blood sugar levels from dropping.
Avocado does have fat, but it’s GOOD fat. This is essential for all humans, just as fish oil is. Studies have shown this good fat decreases serum total cholesterol, and it has little taste. I add hot sauce, lemon, mayo or salad dressing to my avocado. I also make guacamole, and include it in gluten-free sandwiches.
Incorporate avocados into your daily diet, and try to get seven servings of veggies a day, including two servings of low glycemic index fruits.
Have sinus congestion? Try horseradish. And, slicing a lemon, salting it and eating it quickly will dissolve phlegm, too.
The best foods for the next two months are barley, celery, clams, adzuki beans, garlic, green onions, green tea, horseradish, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin and radishes. Incorporate them in your daily diet and try to get seven servings of veggies a day, including two servings of low-glycemic index fruits (see my website for the list).
Watercress is a very nutrient-dense vegetable. It has 17 nutrients, fiber, protein, in addition to vitamins and minerals. You can purchase it in local food stores (organic is best, as it is with most produce.) You can put watercress in your salad, or gluten-free bread sandwiches, and it can be used in stir-fry or soup.
Cucumbers are mostly water so they have a cooling effect, too, plus antioxidant flavonoids, B vitamins and may help reduce inflammation.
Tomatoes also have flavonoids, including lycopene, which helps the prostate (it’s more effective when cooked as sauce or paste). Organic tomatoes contain much more Vitamin C that non-organic tomatoes.
A favorite this time of the year is watermelon. It is also anti-inflammatory, has nutrients (potassium, magnesium), Vitamin C, A and B6. All of these will help with that worn-out, vexed feeling which comes from dehydration. It has 46 calories, but it’s high in sugar, so only eat a small amount.
I love avocado. It’s easy to get most of the year and is very inexpensive. It’s safe to buy non-organic because of its thick skin (pesticides and other horrible chemicals cannot get to the fruit). I add hot sauce, lemon, mayo or salad dressing. I also make guacamole and include it in gluten-free sandwiches. In fact, the Nutrition Journal (through Mercola.com) reported recently that eating as little as one-half of an avocado can make you feel more full. In a study, 40 percent of study participants reported feeling less hungry three hours later the meal that included avocado. Avocado may also help keep blood sugar levels from dropping. Yes, avocados do have fat, but it’s a good fat called monounsaturated fats. (This fat is essential for all humans, just as fish oil is). Studies have shown monounsaturated fats decreases serum total cholesterol.
Horseradish is great for sinus congestion. (Also for congestion…slice a lemon, salt it and eat it quickly to dissolve phlegm.)
We are still seeing patients with the summer ‘vexed’ feeling: that hot, tired, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me’ feeling. We’ve seen it more this summer than in the past.
As always, a few weeks before the season changes we see symptoms coming in. In Oriental Medicine there is a season called “late summer,” and it will be here soon. Late summer brings symptoms we all call food poisoning or a summer cold.
As I’ve written before, in Oriental Medicine we have seasons that correspond with Meridians. The Spleen and Stomach Meridians will be focused in August. Practitioners have thousands of years’ experience watching people and their symptoms, matching them with the seasons…and it still works! I find it helps me focus on my patients and their symptoms. After 16 years in practice, I see the same thing every season; 2 weeks before the season begins, the problems arise.
Stomach/Spleen Meridians work with digesting food, building blood, transforming and transporting nutrients. It deals with dampness (a heavy feeling), sinus congestions, headaches on the forehead, a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head, muscle cramps and aches, edema, diarrhea, nausea and phlegm. These are the problems coming in regularly now.
I have a list of ideal foods for you to eat during this Late Summer season, too. Check out my new article that includes the list and more details about the specific benefits of watercress, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, avocado and horseradish.
Eggs are a nearly perfect food, and go great with your veggie salad. In fact, when eaten with greens (not iceberg lettuce), they increase nutrients. Other nutrients are better absorbed when eggs are eaten with salads.
But remember, cooking affects the nutrients in eggs, so make soft-boiled, lightly fried, poached or scrambled eggs. “Free range” eggs have higher nutrients according to the USDA, too.
Homemade salad dressings are the best. We use olive oil and lemon juice with herbs mostly. Coconut oil is better but I find it a bit sweet.
Dark greens such as watercress, kale, spinach are exceptional. Make your greens count. Add broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and sprouts. This time of year, local produce is more available. Use low glycemic fruits (see our list on the website) such as berries. Avocados provide 20 essential nutrients including potassium, Vit. E, B’s and folic acid. Avacados also are full of beneficial fats.
Enjoy coconut water (found in the water aisle), and you’ll really feel better and ready to tackle the heat.
We’re seeing almost record heat these days. It’s hot out there, friends! People tell me they drink enough water. I believe they believe they do! But, we are seeing more patients come in the clinic these days feeling weak, tired and some even are experiencing some confusion. Those are symptoms of dehydration.
To combat dehydration, try coconut water from time to time. If you don’t like the taste of it, add a little juice. You will be amazed at how quickly you will feel refreshed after drinking it.
And PLEASE help yourself: Come in for your summer tune-up! Summer governs four meridians, and one of them is the Heart Meridian. In the clinic, we are seeing a lot of Heart Meridian problems, including insomnia, palpitations, fast heart rate, dizziness and feeling “vexed.” (Okay, you may not know what “vexed” is – it’s a very old word. It means that hot-ish, agitated, or an “I don’t know what’s wrong with me” feeling.) Feeling vexed usually comes in August, but this year we are seeing it earlier. Also, try meditation; it can do wonders. Check out the information here and join us from 9:30 a.m. – noon, July 18, at our clinic to learn more about it.
Also, over these past few weeks we’ve seen “Summer Colds,” and summer has barely started! We had a long cold, damp and rainy winter. So please come in for your tune-ups. Call us at 386-734-4126 to schedule it or for an appointment the same day.
Speaking of same-day appointments, WE ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR YOU. Maybe not the exact time you want, but if you call in that day and I am there (99% of the time I am here on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), you WILL get to see me for a treatment. In my 16 years of practice I’ve inserted more than 1 million needles, but I have never been too busy to see anyone who needs a treatment. Sometimes, one treatment is all you need.
Our policy is this: If you need treatment, we will do everything possible to see you. You may have to wait a little bit (I’d need to see you by 6 p.m., and I do take a lunch break), but please call when you need a treatment! People say, “I thought my health problems/issues would go away.” And to that, I reply, “Where did you think it would go?” Inflammation – the basis of most pain – just doesn’t pick up and leave your body to go visit someone else’s. Inflammation interferes with your normal balance of Qi, Yin and Blood. Balance is what gives us that internal harmony and creates the health you so rightly deserve. HEALTHY is the normal way to live – not PAIN.
As always, contact me so we can help you get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy.