Keep Your Cool!

July 28, 2014 by

I don’t know how hot it is where you are, but it’s really hot here in Florida. When the rains come it cools us off for a bit, giving us a welcome break. The rest of the time we’re wilting, or melting, in our intense sun. When it's too hot for too long it's exhausting, but not only that, tempers can flare and that's no fun for anyone.  

Businesswoman in office with computer and fan cooling off

Aside from perfectly operating AC in home and car, here are some of my favorite things to keep feeling as cool as a cucumber regardless of what the thermometer says!

  1. Eat more veggies that grow above ground: leafy greens, asparagus, sprouts, artichokes, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, jicama, okra, peas and summer squash are all good options. Root veggies, while comforting, aren’t the best for us this time of year, so skip the baked potato at your evening meal.
  2. Enjoy a variety of summer fruits like berries, melons, apples, apricots, plums, and mangoes. If you’ve never tried fresh guava, persimmon or pomegranate, summer is the best time for those tasty treats.
  3. Cook less, but still prepare most meals at home. Restaurants typically add lots of salt, sugar and fat to food to make it taste better. Unfortunately that makes us feel hotter than we need to be. Instead, make big salads that will last several days, like this Quinoa Summer Salad or Apple and Bok Choy Summer Slaw, Fire up the grill and have dinner ready in a jiffy. Go for a walk after dinner to aid digestion and enjoy the summer sunset.
  4. Focus on eating lighter proteins. Red meats, though delicious, are harder to digest. Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy wild-caught fish, chicken, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and garbanzo, adzuki and fava beans. Add cooked beans to a salad and you’ve got a meal!
  5. Limit alcohol and sodas (you’re still drinking those?) and increase water and herbal teas. Especially good for summer are chamomile, chicory, dandelion, hibiscus and mint. Not only do they taste great, but they have health benefits too. You’ll sleep better, improve your digestion, and stay cooler.

If you’re still having trouble keeping your cool or getting a good night’s sleep, check out my Summer Reboot program. In just 21 easy days you’ll reclaim your cool, sleep like a baby, and even lose a few pounds!

What are some of your favorite ways to stay cool in the summer?