Cool your body!
It’s undeniable that we are a natural part of the amazing world around us. Somehow amongst the chaos of life, we’ve become desensitized to how the moon, the air, the sun, and the weather all affect how our body operates. Yet, with intention and focus, we can learn to slow down and notice.
Noticing these fluctuations in our own natural patterns and cravings can give us the tools we seek to find balance in our body and in our life. A great way to begin to notice is to keep a journal. In this journal, instead of just writing what you did in a day, consider tracking things like how you are feeling, what you are craving, how you slept, and how your digestion is. Watch for swings and fluctuations, odd cravings, and challenges sleeping in connection with the weather, phases of the moon, and seasons.
What I love most about this is that what happens for me might be different than what happens for you, depending on our unique body, lifestyles, and locations. This is partly why diets don’t work and why no one way of eating is perfect for everyone all the time.
I live in a warm and dry climate. This is the high plains desert in Colorado. The natural environment is wide open plains, hot and dry weather, and sandy soil. I have noticed that since I live in a community, the ground is treated, sprayed, watered and mowed and it creates a different sort of environment than what is natural for our location. I also notice that what is available – even at the farmer’s market – is not necessarily from our local community since we do not have corn and tomatoes available naturally in early June. If you are planting and growing with the seasons, these foods would not be available until late summer.
It’s interesting to consider how eating these foods out of season might influence my body’s natural processes. (I’m always thinking about things like this!)
What’s your natural local climate like? What foods are naturally in season where you are? What would you need to include to bring balance into your body and mind?
There are other considerations as well such as movement, activities, and rest.
I’ve created a list of foods that are cooling and hydrating for the hot summer months. Refer to this if this is where you are.
Wishing you a beautiful and happy July!