Summer Diet

Summer / Melancholic / Youth/ Green
The colour of summer is green. Come summer, the increasing warm currents precipitate and turn ice to water. This increases the moisture for the blossoming in Nature. All vibrations press in their full power. Everywhere the urge is to full development with an urge towards ripening, maturity, resembling the adolescence cycle.

Summer is symbolic of the time when the spirit of youth breaks through in the generative power (kundalini fire), heralding a change in the blood composition from the spring of childhood to young adulthood. The growing mind now rays within and without with intellectual brilliance, as this serpent power both penetrates its own depth and becomes one with its higher spiritual nature.

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Summer (Melancholic) Diet

The melancholic diet varies. Although youths naturally possess exceptional appetite, their digestive capability is usually weakened due to their fluctuating emotional nature. One explanation given is due to an abundance of melancholy in the spleen resulting from repressed emotions. A disposition that can overstimulate the neurogastric stomach nerve, which stimulates appetite and gives rise to that sometimes insatiable hunger and thirst for food and drink, with deleterious consequences, of course. It is for this reason we should be watchful of all excess in food and drink, especially in the hot summer months. A dietary excess can cause congestion of the body fluids, giving rise to bronchial and digestive problems, also headaches, among other problems.

A melancholic diet is very light on the hardy nitrates class of foods because they are hard to digest – the hard cheeses; legumes; whole-grains; roast, fried or salted meats, especially students, artists, and those who lead a sedentary life. Most favourable to their mind-body harmonics are the temperate phosphate class of foods — mainly fish, which are abundant is summer – the pickerel, wild cod and other lean fish. Eggs and milk are also easily digested. The enzyme containing foods before meal such as salads, vegetable and some fruit juices is recommended to help digestion, though a little wine, in moderation, can be helpful.

The melancholic diet accords with Nature’s youthfulness, which manifests itself in the young, tender peas and beans. With careful meal planning, you may, if you eat meat, eliminate or gradually reduce it in the diet and, with or without the occasional lean fish, safely adapt to a vegetarian diet.


Let Your Foods be Your Medicine

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Summer diet can be an adventure in learning in Nature’s pharmacology (from, (Gk.) “pharmakon” (meaning medicine) – specifically the interactions that occur between a living organism and the chemicals that affect biochemical function. With summer produce, you find that delicate mix of the salts (minerals) and saccharide (sugars), to help in balancing of the body fluids and to help prevent oedema.

With summer produce, you find that delicate mix of the salts (phosphates) and saccharide (carbons), to help in balancing of the body fluids and to help prevent oedema. You find the sodium-potassium rich vegetables, such as lettuce and celery for salads and juicing and a vast selection of other vegetables best cooked with evening meals when the digestive powers is lowest.

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As the season progresses comes the corns and new potatoes, to augment any dish. Also available are the radishes, summer squashes and the baby roots vegetables such as carrots, beets, turnips, zucchinis, tomatoes, edible flowers such as nasturtiums, and bell peppers galore. And not to forget purslanes, matting the earth from the northern to tropical zones.

Available also are the sub-acid fruits that are best eaten in the mornings when the digestive powers are high to utilize the fruits acids. And there are the sweet fruits – best eaten at evening time, in that the sugars easily send the brain into torpor. In the subtropical zones there are dates and grape in abundance.

All aromatic and medical herbs and spices are in full bloom and are most potent — the mints, dill, thyme, sage, rosemary, savoury, fennel, cilantro, and the beautiful flowering thistles; a bountiful addition to those already in bloom since spring.

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Oh, how sensual a season! The sight, taste, smell and feel of summer showcased in an array of colours, especially when artistically arranged in salads. What delightful gifts summer brings!