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Summer Cleansing and Cooling Foods

Summer can be a good time to change your eating habits. You can begin by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding all foods that can make you sick by raising your blood pressure, triggering headaches and migraines, or add extra pounds. Summer is also a good time to spend more time outdoors to burn calories and get your heart rate up! Consider starting some enjoyable physical activities which you can turn into healthy habits – hiking, biking, running? Or working out with me a few times each week! But when it’s hot and humid outside, we all want to be cool, so here are some food for summer ideas that might help you feel and look better in the heat.

The best hydration for summer is FRUIT! It will keep your insides cool. Try to eat fruits grown in season, such as melons, apples, grapes, pears, cherries, apricots, berries, plums, peaches, mangos, papaya, tomatoes as well as all citrus fruits. Go for organic whenever you can. Fruit is both cooling and can act as a laxative, which can not only help your body to cool off, but also help with your summer detox and weight loss.

Leafy GREEN vegetables can also have a cooling effect on the body. You can make refreshing and cooling summer salads with slightly bitter-tasting, cleansing greens, such as dandelion greens, watercress and endive. Other cooling vegetables include: asparagus, cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, zucchini. As for roots vegetables, you can eat daikon and beets when you are hot.
La Jolla Fruit stand
Turmeric Detox Dressing is perfect match for your summer salads because it contains turmeric and avocado – two cooling foods. Recipe below . . . . :

Have you tried sea vegetables? Summer may be the right time to experiment with them (kelp, spirulina, kombu, hiziki, arame, dulse) because they ALL can help you feel cooler in the heat.

When you exercise more, you need extra protein. Healthy sources of protein that have a cooling effect on the body are: mung beans, grains such as black or brown rice, quinoa, millet, and (my new favorite) kaniwa . . . plus tempeh, soy milk and fish are all great protein.

Finally, herbs and spices such as peppermint, nettles, red clover, lemon balm, cilantro, marjoram can be a perfect addition to your cooling meals. They can also help simple detox of your body and boost your immune system.

Tumeric Detox Dressing
Ingredients:
4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Juice + zest of 2 Lemons
¼ avocado
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
1 Tbsp. raw local honey — if not vegan
Pinch of iodized salt (to taste)

Directions:
Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Add more avocado if you desire a thicker consistency.

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Go hard, go easy. Repeat.

If you are really trying to get a good fitness regime going, it’s possible to fall victim to the evil “over-training.” I’ve seen it before. Many people who are very enthusiastic tend towards this error. It’s sad to see, since frequently the over-trainer will be injured or get sick a lot. This problem is often discussed among triathlon coaches. The crucial recovery process often gets overlooked by meany over-zealous triathletes, since simply being a triathlete usually implies you’re over-zealous. Training hard and racing harder is somewhat like walking a tightrope and one false move can send you plummeting into oblivion. If you’re never taking a recovery day, or more importantly, a recovery week, when will your body have time to adapt and rebuild? So if you have several really tough days of training, be sure to get a nice and easy rest day. Don’t half-ass the rest! Make sure to really take it easy, even if that means skipping the hike with your buddies, or being anti-social and laying on your couch all day long. Also, on your recovery days, or week, be sure to eat really well, avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water. Also, get lots of rest! So remember, if you’re training hard day after day week after week, be brave and take it easy! So you can rejuvenate and be stronger for your next hard workout.

Hiking injured

Don't go hiking if you have a broken collar bone, like I did!

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