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.
Summer (Melancholic) Diet
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.
Let Your Foods be Your Medicine
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.
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.