Did you say kale? That's right. Wonderful, nutritious kale is not going to be my first choice on a hundred degree day. (I'm feeling for you NYC.) Kale is warming, but most other greens, like that mint, (or lettuce, cabbage, dandelion, etc.) are wonderfully cooling. Try taking the whole outer layer of a cabbage and wear it like a hat. Yep, it draws the heat out.
Tofu is quite cooling, lemon, lime, most fresh fruits - oh yeah, watermelon, and barley.
Speaking of cool drinks:
You want to keep hydrated and stay cool but plain old water gets boring and most items to sip are so caloric you'll end up wearing an extra few pounds that you didn't want to have. Make fun drinks that can even be anti-calorie elixers. Pure cranberry juice and water, spa water where you soak lemon, lime, cucumber and mint in, make your own lemonade beverages and sweeten with stevia or a small amount of organic sweetener. (Yes Caroline, honey is lovely...) Get creative and mix and match. You might have roasted barley tea or limeade with mint.
If you find the heat is bringing out aches, pains, rashes or tummy troubles, book a session and get that solved for good.
All photos by Susan Marque
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