Nutrition Information · S.L.O.W. Food · Summer Produce

Summer Loving – Guide to Eating Right this Summer Season

When the temperature starts to rise in Summer, your eating habits also tend to change. You may find yourself preferring light salads over a casserole or stew. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an increase in raw foods should be consumed in Summer to help release stored heat from the body that is accumulated during the colder months – this will let energy flow ‘out’.

Late summer is considered a fifth season in TCM – a combination of Summer and Autumn where you will be drawn outside to eat, socialise, soak up some sunshine and enjoy life. This is this time of year to eat lightly – smaller, fresh meals. Avoid burdening your body with anything heavy – be it food, physical activity or emotional turmoil.

Organs to Nurture in Summer:

Early Summer – Heart & Small Intestine. These organs are responsible for storing the emotions of joy, happiness & playfulness.

The heart & small intestine rule the blood vessels, tongue and complexion and may manifest as heart palpitations, wild dreams, overactive mind, confusion, depression, poor sleep or memory and a red or pale face if they are not nurtured correctly. 

Bitter foods are best for heart & small intestinal health – such as lettuce, watercress, endive, celery, turnip, asparagus, alfalfa, rye, oats, quinoa – these foods are said to ‘put joy in the heart’.

Late Summer (The Fifth Season)- Spleen & Stomach. Emotions associated with a dysfunctioning/overworked spleen/stomach are worry & obsessive thoughts. These organs rule the mouth, lips and muscles.

Adding sweet flavours from complex carbohydrates – such as maple syrup, & honey – is suggested in Late Summer. Eating increased raw foods in salads, along with sprouts and fruit is encouraged. Adding hot spices; such as Ginger or Horseradish, will help encourage sweating.

Foods to Avoid in Summer:

Avoid cold foods/drinks in early summer, such as ice creams and iced drinks – these frozen foods are contracting and they will serve to hold in sweat, toxins in heat instead of eliminating them. Limit heavy foods like meats, grains, dairy and eggs – too much of these foods will make you sluggish.

In late summer avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates, excess amounts of alcohol, complex food combinations and eating after 8 pm. It is important to keep hydrated – drink clean, filtered, room-temperature water.

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Seasonal Fruit in Summer:

  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Berry
  • Cherry
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Orange
  • Passionfruit
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
  • Peach
  • Nectarine
  • Plum
  • Squash
  • Fig
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemon
  • Pear
  • Rhubarb

Seasonal Vegetables in Summer:

  • Lettuce
  • Asparagus
  • Green Bean
  • Snake Bean
  • Capsicum
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Spring Onion
  • Green Pea
  • Snow Pea
  • Sugar snap pea
  • Radish
  • Sweetcorn
  • Daikon
  • Leek

Seasonal Seafood in Summer:

  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Australian Salmon
  • Tiger Flathead
  • Gold Band Snapper
  • Tuna
  • Blue Swimmer Crab
  • Sydney Rock Oyster
  • Bay Prawn
  • School Prawn
  • Rock Lobster
  • Anchovy
  • Yabby
  • Marron

 

 

 

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