This is the time of year when the sun exerts its maximum power upon our part of the planet. This is the time of year when we move away from the inner contemplation of winter and into the outer energies of doing.
Seasonal change affects your mood, your physicality, your diet, and your sleep. It is wise to be conscious of this and to adjust. You don’t need to think twice about wearing shorts instead of sweaters. But you may give less attention to your diet and exercise programs.
Wear Sunscreen! Skin cancer is on the rise. Follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendation to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, and Wrap on sunglasses.
Move out of the gym and into the pool. I replace my circuit training classes with aqua aerobic classes. For recreation, I head to the beaches instead of the mountains, and I do more kayaking than hiking. Those of you who practice hot yoga in winter may want to consider another format over the summer. Here’s a great photo a friend sent me of her daughter teaching a surfboard yoga class.Drink Water. The new recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces a day. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink more than you need to satisfy your thirst. Lack of water is one of the main causes of headaches, fuzzy thinking, fatigue, weight gain, kidney problems, constipation, and cravings.
Let salads replace soups.
Pesticide-free, locally grown, stone fruits from Farmers’ markets make it easy to stay off refined sugars. Design menus around the Barbeque Grill.
Experiment with non-meat grilling. Try this:
Grilled Stone Fruit
Clean grill thoroughly to avoid residue from meats. Coat grill with cooking spray. Use firm peaches, nectarines, pluots, or black plums , halved and pitted. Grill 3 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and drizzle with Balsamic vinegar Glaze or crumbled goat cheese.
Theodora Wilner, MA, HC, RYT is a Wellness Advisor, Health Coach, and Yoga Instructor in Sacramento. For a quick summer lift, try her $77-7-Day Kickstart Cleanse! For more info: wilnerweb.com / firstname.lastname@example.org