Sunday, July 24, 2011

Climate Control #2

Hot Weather means different body needs.

Winter eating habits are for the winter- our needs change with the seasons.

In summer heat your body works harder to keep you comfortable and so it has less energy to digest food. Sure, you can go into air conditioning and eat a heavy meal. But when you leave, you will feel sluggish. That puts a damper on enjoyment and lowers productivity.

I live in NYC and the heat for the past 3 days has been over 100 degrees setting all kinds of records. Heat affects us in so many ways- besides the obvious sweating and discomfort- really hot weather impacts our appetite. We instinctively eat less or lighter foods in hot weather.

This sounds good for losing weight, but the problem is that a lot of us live with air conditioning. When you’re cooled off, a big hot steak, and a piece of heavy cake looks appetizing. Ouch.
Don't be fulled into eating by climate control!
Sharpen your 6th sense in the summer heat by using  intuitive self-defense, called Foresight.
Foresight is looking ahead of the consequences of what you're about to do.
Ask yourself:
How will I feel if I eat this now?
Do I want it?
What can I eat that will help my body be comfortable in this heat? 

The more you use foresight the more aware you will be of your intuition.  It's intuitive to stay in sync with our body. Tune in to your summer body. 
  • It's stressful to fight with your body and it's painful to ignore it. 
    • Be good to your body in the heat.
  • Eat celery. It's full of minerals and natural salts you lose through perspiring.
  • Drink coconut water because it replaces electrolytes.
  • When you're eating in air conditioning use a smaller plate to hold your food and smaller utensils. This is a way to achieve portion control without thinking about it.
Extreme heat also effects us emotionally. Temperatures can shorten, and moods can dip. Emotions that make you eat destructively or want to give up are not intuitive. Intuitively you want the best for your self. That's your intuitive self-defense.

A good summer habit is to sip water while working or relaxing.
Be careful of fruit drinks because they often are as sugary as soda. 
What our body wants when we are hot, is water. 

If you don’t like the taste of water, then try some of these tricks: 
  •  Put about an inch of fruit juice in your glass and fill the rest with water. If it’s available, add ice to help you cool down. Plus, a chilled drink may taste better to you. 
  • Keep some herbal/fruity iced tea in the fridge. 
    • Many herbal teas have raspberry or other fruits in them. Since it’s hot to make tea, if you have the time, any tea can be made in advance by just placing tea bags in a pitcher of water, and letting it sit in a sunny window for a few hours or overnight. The flavor will automatically seep out of the bag and into the water. Sweeten your tea with fruit juice. 
  • A slice of lemon or lime can make a glass of water a drink. Lemon or lime with a few tablespoons of juice mixed with water is very refreshing. 
  • Put a half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. 
    • The vinegar is not as acidic as lemon and it will make your mouth feel clean and refreshed. Plus, may people consider apple cider vinegar to be a health tonic.  Some small studies have hinted that apple cider vinegar could help with several conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.
Use the hot summer months to eat differently and see how your body responds. Trust your instinct to eat light and you will feel lighter.

Notice how you feel and use intuition to protect yourself.  Learn to eat intuitively.


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