Summer and fire energy is warm, active and passionate. Nature’s energy is at its peak so soak up the energy outdoors. The organs related to summer are the heart and small intestine.
1. Be at peace and compassionate, use passion positively
2. Balance the intensity of living in the moment and don’t take on too much
3. Communicate, act and speak from the heart: express yourself in music, art, dance
4. Get up early, enjoy exercise and light meals. In the evening let go of your day and socialise
If ever a time this is the best to diet. Eat light and often. Eat cooling water based foods, make fresh fruit juice, fish oils are great too for the heart and body. Enjoy salads and raw foods to build up the energy you need.
Red foods: berries, tomatoes, peppers but watch out for red meats which overheat the organs. Boil and steam your
Experiment with fruit and nuts in your salads, or blend those exciting ingredients with olive oil and vinegar to make dressings!
Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing:
½ pound fresh strawberries, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper: Blend all ingredients and pour over you salad.
Summer diet: for 2 weeks avoid wheat and dairy. Replace cow’s milk and cheese with goats’. Avoid sugar and soon you will no longer crave it. Eat healthy hummus and vegetable snacks.
We need to get the heart beating so take brisk walks, with long strides. Cycle, take up some cardio activities.
In yoga focus on the mind and circulation. Wake up and do 10 minutes of sun salutations every day. Try power yoga or ashtanga.
Heart opening postures, wide arms and stretching out across the chest
Warrior poses with your hands in prayer behind the back
Keep your mind and heart tidy. The heart is also related to your emotional well-being and good health is not just down to diet and exercise but how we think and feel. Laughter produces endorphins but keep joyful at a steady rate rather than short bursts. Surround yourself in what you love. At home bring the outdoors in, buy a bunch of flowers and bring out some colours. Speech and communication is related to the heart so be aware of what you say and the words you use. Do they inspire confidence and joy and encouragement?
Oils: Rose (antidepressant) Rosemary (lively and lustful) Ylang Ylang (calming effect on the heart)