Are you ready for the fast approaching Summer Season? It seems like only 2 months ago we had the New Year, and here is is summer again, but I digress! Summer in this northern hemisphere is what I am talking about.
Cats and Summer
Having a long haired cat means getting a haircut so she can breathe easier and keep herself cleaner. Owners of long haired cats know exactly that I am talking about! Over the year, the hair kinks and knots up, even with constant brushing, so it’s a losing battle with some of these cats. So, my cat goes from “fat cat” to “slim cat” just in time for the hot weather — see for yourself!
Well, somewhat slimmer cat! 🙂 She loves to eat!
Wouldn’t it be great if all it took for us humans to lose weight, was to get a haircut? Well, failing that, let’s consider some options. Teas are a wonderful aid to weight loss, more so than coffee. Ordinary tea, Camelia Sinensis, is especially good with lemon for weight loss, but my personal preferences are Herbal Teas.
Teas For Weight Loss
- Ginger Tea
- Lemongrass Tea
- Hibiscus Tea
- Green Tea
- Rose Petal Tea
- Peppermint Tea, among others.
Now, the main reason why teas are better for weight loss, when compared to coffee and hot chocolate, is because teas have no fat in them, unlike the former two. Also, teas are great detoxifiers, meaning they have a cleansing effect on the bodily systems, especially liver and gall bladder, and some teas also have a laxative effect. See: liquorice; anis; senna.
Hot teas also cause you to perspire, leading to more toxins leaving the body through perspiration. Then, when that perspiration dries on the skin, you somehow also feel cooler as excessive bodily heat is also flushed out! Tea is great for aiding digestion and speeding up the metabolism.
Now, I know that Komboucha tea is also being touted as a wonder tea for weight loss and detoxification. Komboucha is not even a tea, it is a mushroom liquid. While some people swear by it, I would caution people with Candida or other mushroom allergies to avoid this liquid entirely. I remember when this liquid was first introduced in the 90’s and everybody had a big jar of Komboucha growing and fermenting, and giving “babies” to friends. Now suddenly, it’s popular again.
Iced teas are an American phenomenon, started in the hot Southern States. In fact, when you visit the South and they talk about “tea” they usually mean iced black tea, sweetened to one inch of it’s life! If you want real tea, you have to request “hot tea”.
Iced Tea certainly has its benefits though. It can be incredibly refreshing and thirst quenching on a hot day, but be careful of overloading it with sugar. Peppermint Mojito, a delicious summertime favorite also including lime, can be made with alcohol or seltzer water.
The Arnold Palmer is an iced tea/lemonade concoction that is also quite delicious.
When going on your picnics, or other fun activities, why not make your own combination iced teas to go? They will certainly enhance your enjoyment of the event as well as your food.
Do yourself a big favor and stock up on some of the many, delicious teas around! Visit our Marketplace of Delights to order from some wonderful suppliers, such as Kusmi Tea, Capital Teas, Dean & DeLuca, among other wonderful treasures.
Delicious Meals for Summer
Now is also the time to eat more fish and seafood, instead of meat! There was an old saying that is still true today: “girl who eats vegetables and fish, turns into tasty little dish!” That is so true (even if the saying is a little sexist) for all, because fish and seafood have little fats to clog up the system and cause bloat, unlike steak and hamburgers! See also, our wonderful Seafood Supplier, Seabear Pacific Fishery, offering a wide assortment of fresh, not farmed fish, some with “Coupons Off” Discount, delivered straight to you!
I always think of Summer as a time for grilled fish; fresh vegetables & herbs; fresh fruit and homemade ice cream! I also love Vegetarian Dishes, such as grilled Bean Burgers; black bean and corn salad; Hummus; and vegetable stir fry, with lots of fresh garlic and onion! Maybe with French Baguette and Olive Oil, sublime! Topped off with Coconut Vegetarian Ice Cream, is also sublime.
Vegans and Vegetarians also have to be careful to not overload on carbs! I have friends with this problem, and it leaves them feeling bloated and unhealthy. There are some really wonderful and inventive vegan recipes emerging, and I totally applaud the trend of using herbs and spices to rev up dishes. Old time vegetarian “purists” would often omit spices and herbs, leaving the resulting concoction tasting like “wet hay” to me!
Pick Your Own
I think Summertime is also wonderful for the privilege of picking your own fruits and vegetables from local farms! I’ve done it year after year with kids I sponsored and it has always been a huge hit. Most of these inner-city kids have never been exposed to fresh fruits and vegetables, and certainly not farms. So, it was such a joy to see them swarming around the various farms picking blueberries; strawberries; peaches and cherries!
A lot of the kids also had the idea that dirt was bad, so it was important to show them “good dirt” that supports and produces our food. And, equally important, was to get them to taste and appreciate the fresh fruit we picked from the farms, and the vegetables we grew in our own Urban Farm! Their taste buds changed to appreciate the fresh goodness of nature, rather than the overly salted prepackaged fast foods they were used to.
And, the icing on the cake, was training them to become mini-entrepreneurs by setting up fruit and vegetable stands outside our Farm. Then, they also got to take home, free of charge, as much of the fruit and vegetables that they wanted to bring home to their families. I really think all schools should have a Garden or Farm component, so kids get to really appreciate where our food comes from.
And the icing on the cake was that these kids then got to learn about how to prepare and cook full, healthy meals, after harvesting from the farms.
Living in a Beach Town, I get to appreciate the ocean year round! But Summer, and the happy people responding to it, is a special treat! Plus, there is always good music playing…
So people, enjoy the privilege that is Summer, taking the time to recharge your batteries and enjoying yourselves. Do something outdoors often! Remember to treat yourselves to the life affirming, life enhancing foods mentioned in our other blog, our Marketplace of Delights.
Thanks for tuning in and following along. Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or ask questions below. Looking forward to our next part of the journey.