Over and over, I hear, “I just don’t have time for healthy eating.” Yet in the same conversation, complaints of not feeling 100% are voiced loud and clear. You’re not at your perfect weight, optimal vibrancy or well-being, and not happy at the end of the day, yet you’re indispensable at work, you attend to kids, mow the lawn, clean house, cater to a whiney partner. There’s no time for physical activity, meal planning, grocery shopping and food prep. Then…..here it comes…..drum roll……”I know what I should eat, I just can’t seem to get it together!”
That’s where summer time comes in. Mother Nature offers a bounty of fresh goodness from local farmer’s markets, CSA’s, even your own community or backyard garden. Your grocery store boasts of local produce – firm, red tomatoes, juicy, sweet corn, snappy green beans, brilliantly ruby beets, and crisp, buttery lettuces.
Why is this so hard? I believe you’ve lost touch with the part of you that gets excited about feeling awesome. About being your absolute best. About being energetic, capable, and beautiful. You know, that part that whispers all-knowing thoughts you choose to ignore. Well, Honey, I hear you, once you do it one time, you gotta do it every day, right? Not really, but you’ll want to, once you taste summer’s divine flavors.
You are meant to be a vibrant, strong, resilient and brilliant being! When you attune to the obvious and subtle qualities of your body, you are attuning to the grand rhythm of the Universal Light of Consciousness that dances through each rain drop, each particle of soil, each root, stem and leaf, and each and every cell of your own being. Attuning to that, dear one, means feeding your body what’s appropriate for the season.
Summer is about staying light, clear, attuned to the present. It’s not about blowin’ and goin’ 27/7. Yes, play is a part of summer. Yet, too much play intensifies Pitta, which is inherently light and that’s a by-product of heat. Light is good, don’t get me wrong, it’s the benefit of the intensity of the production of heat, of transformation. Yet, get too hot, what happens? You burn up. Ever pop a hot chile pepper into your mouth unbeknownst of the violent heat inside? Then you know what I mean.
Make summer healthy. Make health summery. No matter where you shop, stock up with an abundance of green leafy lettuces, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, fresh corn on the cob, crunchy asparagus, grassy peas, blueberries and strawberries, peaches, nectarines. Upon home arrival, wash it ALL. Yes, ALL. Bag produce in mesh refrigerator storage bags so when you’re ready, at your finger tips is a rainbow of deliciousness. You’ll feel better, lighter, cleaner, more vital eating this way at least once a day.
Feel the need for protein? First of all, attuned to Nature, you’ll recall spinach, corn, broccoli, peas and Brussels’ sprouts all have good amounts of protein. Want more? Toss in some nuts, sesame seeds, tofu, garbanzo beans or hummus on the side. If you’re lacto-ovo vegetarian, you can add low-fat cheese for a punch of flavor (or nutritional yeast if vegan). Animal protein needs high? 4 ounces of grilled salmon, chicken or lean steak rounds out this plant-based meal.
Now git to gittin’, as I like to say!