Seasonal Living

eat this: our guide to summer nourishment

May 17, 2022

Supermarkets have made eating seasonally quite a confusing process. With the ability to source food globally, what’s available to you in the produce section isn’t necessarily reflective of what you should actually be eating that time of year. The best hack? To shop from local farmers, or if you are able, to grow your own food. Our body’s nutritional requirements and desires shift beautifully season to season. When we honor and reflect the real time of nature, especially through our diet, vitality and wellbeing often flow effortlessly. Think about it—on a hot summer day what sounds better: a warm stew with root vegetables or a bowl of chilled, juicy berries? Our body knows exactly what we need, and nature knows exactly when to give it to us. But, again, back to the food sourcing dilemma.

What’s actually in season in the northern hemisphere in summer?

I’ve got you covered! Read on to learn about nourishment practices to keep us well hydrated and flooded with nutrients this summer.

TO ENSURE GOOD HEALTH THIS SEASON, MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING NOURISHMENT PRACTICES:


EVERYTHING TASTES BETTER OUTDOORS

Isn’t this so true? The simple step of taking your meal outdoors completely transforms your dining experience, therefore greatly impacting the intention behind your meal as well as a general sense of ease (which is very important for digestion!). Try making eating outdoors a habit. There’s no better time than summer!

RAISE YOUR VIBRATION

Summer is the perfect time to make eating the rainbow a habit that sticks around. With a plethora of delicious fruits and veggies flooding into the markets this time of year, this is the season where our digestion can handle (aka assimilate) all of the goodness that raw foods have to offer.

EAT FOR SKIN HEALTH

Summer = sun, and summer sun inevitably ends up in sunburn if you aren’t conscious. We all know the basics of sun care, but many are unaware of how our diet greatly impacts sun protection. The antioxidants found in most of summer’s vibrant fruits and vegetables assist your skin in creating greater protection against sun damage from the inside out. Get your hands on as many fruits and vegetables with a range of color for the greatest impact.

AS ALWAYS, HYDRATION IS A NON-NEGOTIABLE

Water, water, water all day everyday. Super important, but can also get kind of boring. Reach for hydrating foods such as cucumber, watermelon, melon, berries, and even cold summer soups. Also, be sure to steer clear of inflammatory and dehydrating summer foods such as fried boardwalk foods.

To find out what foods are in season in your particular region, click here to check our recommended seasonal food guide resource.

Dr. Ehrler

xx,

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