The element fire in the traditional Chinese system governs summer. The organs ruled by this element are the heart and small intestines as well as circulation. Usually we are more active in summer. Summer is hot so we need to keep our diet cool, water filled, and light. Our diet needs are raw fruits & vegetables, organically grown. This will keep you feeling lighter and more energetic.
Major organs & systems governed at this time of year are:
Heart small intestines
The triple warm (regulates thermal temperature within the body and glandular regulation) the pericardium, which is associated with circulation, sexual chemicals and regulation.
During this time you need to:
Use more use less
Fresh fruit salt, grains, coffee
Fresh vegetables heavy fatty foods
Wild rice dried foods e.g. Beans high water
cooked underground vegetables
White peppers stimulant foods
herbal teas e.g.. Mint
Sea salts – note – the sugar – salt balance needs to be balanced
Summer is a time for joy, sunshine (early morning or late afternoon sun), outdoor activities, more play than competition, keep the fire balanced with water.
A good summer filled with excellent food & herbs is your medical fund & preventative medicine for the year & years to come. Many of you that have been on herbs for more than a year will now really start to notice the difference in your health in the winter that will follow. Reduced flu and duration of symptoms will be the best, most exciting thing you have experienced in a long time.
Extras – during the day you may have: iced tea with mint or lemon balm (make it in the morning so it is cool all day, make a litre). Add honey to taste.
Lemon refresh may be drunk any time in the day - ask about this Summer Tonic
*Eat fruit at any time you are hungry in between meals
Dice 4 whole lemons, include the peel of one and add mint if you have it. You may use the rest in your herb teas.
a little Honey – to taste
6 cups purified water
blend all together, strain
Drink as required – especially if you work on computer or are exposed to any level of radiation, you have had or will be having surgery, or you are asthmatic as this increases oxygen levels in the body. If you work makes these the night before so you may take them to work with you – we found in big w insulated plastic drink containers excellent for keeping things cool. If you work outdoors, freeze it the night before, it will stay cool most of the day.
If you work outdoors or in a hot environment you water intake should be increased – remember salt/sugar balance - try adding 3 pink himalayan rock salt crystals in your water bottle, this increases your water assimilation.
Rose hip tea drunk often, offers some protection to the skin from the sun and is an excellent Nutritive for this time of year.
On rising – 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon raw honey a glass of warm water
or lemon slices in a glass of warm water, add honey to taste
or lemon balm tea – add honey to taste
This is to clear and activate the palate & activate the appetite & digestion, neutralizes systemic acid
** coffee addicts may have a coffee 30 minutes after your initial drink of your choice above
If you take Juice Plus+ Complete (ask me), breakfast is a great time to have it, add any fruit you like even try adding some coconut cream or milk – coconut is very good for your skin.
Or freshly squeezed juice –
Choose from: pineapple, orange, apple, peach, carrot, celery or any combination you like.
“I like apple, celery, carrot, (pear if we have it)”
or banana slices, passion fruit and yogurt with desiccated coconut & pine nuts & almond slices.
or mango & banana slices with yogurt, sprinkle of desiccated coconut & pine nuts, almond flakes
or stewed plums in honey served with yogurt
or prunes with yogurt & desiccated coconut
figs come ripe during late summer so it's the perfect time to eat them.
Or banana smoothie 1 – 2 bananas, ½ cup cream, ½ cup plain yoghurt, ½ cup purified water, 1 teaspoon of agar-agar powder, 1 to 2 teaspoons of slippery elm powder, ¼ teaspoon of kelp 1 spoons of honey, blend and drink. Add crushed ice.
Banana smoothie #2 take 2 bananas, ½ cup soy milk, ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ cup purified water, 1 teaspoon of agar-agar powder, 1 to 2 teaspoons slippery elm powder, 1/4 teaspoon of kelp powder and 1 teaspoons of honey, blend and drink. Add crushed ice.
** digestive time – 1 ½ hours except for the banana smoothie take 2 ½ hours – keep these times in mind before you eat next. Fill up.
Mid morning -- iced or hot (whatever you prefer) herb tea – choice of: lemon balm & mint (fresh from the garden is best) dandelion greens & mint, fennel greens & lemon balm, add fresh marigold petals, & rose petals (organic unsprayed only) – if you have them.
or a glass of purified water with 4 mint leave in it
or one type of fruit – melon, apricots, peaches, grapes, strawberry, nectarines etc. Never combine melons with anything. Melons have a rapid digestive time of half an hour so will force other foods through the digestive tract reducing your assimilation of other foods. And never mix melons together
Chicken liver (organic) pate & salad
or flatbread with avocado & salad add what you like
or tossed salad – include fresh dandelion greens, fennel greens, english spinach, marigold & sunflower petals, lettuce, carrot, celery, sprouts, tomato, spring onion, avocado, olives, sun dried tomato, mint leaves, basil, with a choice of cottage cheese or cheese of choice, add a sprinkle of herb salt.
or fruit salad – if you are hot & not hungry eat a small amount anyway
Or cook egg noodles in a little olive oil & soy sauce, with chopped tomato & onion add herb salt & a light sprinkle of kelp powder.
Or sardines on rye bread with onion (for sore throats)
Or cold quiche & salad
Or avocado dip – mash 1 or 2 (I use up to 6) avocado, crush 2 – 4 cloves garlic, a splash of soy sauce, 2 – 4 tablespoons of cottage cheese or plain yogurt, a spoon or two of fresh cream – blend- you can have this with salad or as a dressing on your meal or flat bread roll & salad. ** Excellent nutrition for your nerves & hormones.
Average digestive time 2 ½ hours – so eat as much as to fill your appetite, to get you through until you next feed time.
** Beetroot is an excellent blood tonic – if you have a busy life (especially women if your period is heavy or crampy) or feel you may be a little iron deficient — many men are iron deficient and do not realize it until they notice himself quiet fatigued or bruising easily. Here again I recommend juice plus+ to bring all nutritional levels back to normal.
Also organic chicken liver pate is an excellent source of iron and B12. The community has been told to watch contamination when pregnant - one way to have this in your diet and protect from bacteria contamination is buy fresh organic chicken livers (ask your local certified organic supplier) and make your own, eat it fresh once a week or so. Do not store or freeze it if you are pregnant. Cook it in the morning, eat it for lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner – nutritionally you will be doing a great thing for you both. The recipe is on the recipe page 6. Another great choice is Lamb's Fry.
** If you have a family history of any blood disorders, bone cancer, leukemia, anemia, or any other blood disorders – prevention is far easier than any cure – no use being silently worried about what you may develop – make a conscious choice to change it, — by realizing it you can work to restore these genetic deficiencies thus preventing or at least reducing your risk of incurring such a disorder. Beetroot is an excellent blood tonic.
** to boost your vitamin c levels – if you feel you need it – 6 kiwifruit per day for 2 weeks. If you have been getting the flu often – up to 4 weeks may be best (you may have this with yogurt at any time –
Digestive time 1 hour, so keep true to your digestive system.
or lemon refresh
or herb tea – hot or iced, as you prefer
** coffee addicts (like me) may have a coffee here
Use honey instead of sugar – use cream instead of milk
Children need something substantial at this time of day
mine liked steamed dim sum wrapped in nori seaweed sheets, with a splash of soy sauce
do remember that salt intake is vital to health. Excess dietary salt is a problem but if you are eating a balanced diet you need salt.
or fruit salad
or banana smoothie (recipe on breaky menu
or cold quiche
or cool slices of watermelon
or cheese & salad
or avocado dip with salad sticks – carrot, celery
** fruit of your choice
or small salad sticks – carrot, celery, mushrooms with avocado dip
or any of the choices for children — as above
Main meal (dinner or tea) whatever you call it!!
** simple guide for meat and fish.
: 2 days a week = fish
: 1 day a week = chicken
2 day a week = steak, we prefer scotch fillet
1 day a week = lamb
1 days a week = meet free
each persons portion size is the size of your palm.
If you have excess acid in the body — arthritis, gout, or excess muscular pain do not forget to use ½ teaspoon of whole celery seed and whole evening primrose seed as a sprinkle over all your savory meals. Caution – do not use evening primrose seed in late summer as it thins the blood, summer naturally thins the blood and we do not want it too thin at the end of summer as autumn is approaching. The combination of celery & evening primrose seed makes a nice salt substitute and is an excellent nutritive, high in many minerals let alone their therapeutic value.
In addition, 20 ml of apple cider vinegar each day taken in the morning with a glass of warm purified water will help greatly with these conditions
- Vegetable kebabs
dice squares of vegetables on kebab sticks -- onion, zucchini, sweet potato, capsicum, egg plant, tomato, mushroom ` top with herb salt, soy sauce & a touch of virgin olive oil
let sit for 30 min to marinate. May be cooked on the barbecue or baked in the oven for 15 minutes.
serve with your choice of salad
- Quiche number 1 –
line quiche pan with wholemeal pastry. Combine 12 beaten eggs (depends on your pan size) with ½ cup cooked, mashed pumpkin and other vegetables, herb salt, 1 teaspoon of allspice, 1 cup grated cheese.
pour into pastry case & bake until set.
serve with side salad.
- Quiche number 2
line pan with wholemeal pastry. Blend 12 eggs, ¾ cup cream, 200 gm grated mature cheese, then add 8 sliced -mushrooms, finely diced onion, add herb salt, if you like you may add anything else – capsicum, and tomato are nice.
** serve hot or cold for dinner or lunch with a side salad
- Vegetable jelly mold
lightly oil bowl. Place layers of thinly sliced cooked zucchini, onion, thyme, grated carrot, grated raw beetroot, grated sweet potato, finely chopped celery, mint onion in the bowl. Add 1-tablespoon agar agar powder (available in most health shops, it’s a seaweed), to every ½ cup hot water needed to cover vegetables in the bowl. Stir gel in hot water until it is dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons soy sauce & herb salt. Pour over vegetable layers, leave to set. Turn out & serve with avocado dip topping & salad. Or curried egg topping
- Corn fritters
combine fresh sweet corn cut from the cob with 2 beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons of purified water, herb salt to taste and 1-cup wholemeal self raising Flour or alternative flour if you have a problem with wheat. -Drop spoonfuls in hot olive oil in fry pan. Serve on a finely sliced layer of lettuce with a side salad.
- Filo parcels
combine 2 cups steamed, well-drained vegetables with herb salt, and ½ cup grated cheese. Brush 1 or 2 sheets filo pastry with butter. Place vegetable mixture at one end of pastry sheet and roll into a parcel. Brush with butter. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 180 deg. Serve with side salad.
Stir-fry vegetables with black (wild) rice
Everyone has his or her own favorite stir-fry.
Our favorite – soak sea vegetables (obtained at most health shops)
Add to wok with virgin olive oil, teriyaki sauce, 4 crushed garlic, 2 sliced brown onions, lightly brown, add sliced capsicum, mushroom – lots of it -, carrot, celery, lightly brown. Then add – chopped tomato, sea vegetables, herb salt, finely diced parsley, mint, sage, and thyme – warm through. Add some soy sauce. Add sliced cabbage – warm through. Serve on a bed of cooked – hot wild rice.
Try this sauce — almond & ginger sauce
(especially if you are pregnant and have nausea)
Melt 2 tablespoons of Butter in fry pan, add 2 tbsp. Ground almond, 1 tbsp. Grated fresh ginger, 1 tbsp. Honey and 2 tbsp. Purified water. Stir until smooth. pour over the top of stir fry after serving or add when you brown garlic & onion.”
Or this – sweet & sour sauce
combine 5 tbs. Purified water, 5 tbs. Malt vinegar, 3 tbs. Honey, 1 ripe tomato, 1 tbs. Corn flour in a saucepan. Cook until blended. Pour over the top of stir fry or add when your brown the garlic & onion.
Sweet carrot dressing
grate 2-3 carrots, add a little herb salt. Combine ½ cup
apple cider vinegar, 4 teaspoons Honey. Put in blender & blend until smooth.
blend together fresh lemon balm, mint, sage, thyme leaves, 6tbs. Apple cider vinegar and 1 tbs. Olive oil. If you are like us and love garlic, add 1 clove crushed.
Curried egg topping
mash 4 boiled egg yolks, while warm add 2 teaspoons. Butter, then add 1 to 2 teaspoons Curry powder, 2 tbsp. Cream, a teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar. Stir until smooth. Put on salads or anything.
Pate – chicken liver (organic livers only)
Put a little olive oil and a splash of teriyaki sauce, 6 cloves crushed garlic in pan with livers, diced onion, and herb salt, brown lightly. Add 6 grated carrots, 4 thinly sliced celery sticks, 1 - peeled & sliced sweet potato, 1 small butternut pumpkin peeled & sliced. Brown lightly. Cover with purified water. Bring to the boil, add 1 teaspoon celery seed a dash of kelp powder, and then simmer for 20 minutes. Mix 2 tablespoons of agar-agar powder in a cup of hot water and blend, add to mix at this point. A 500 gm liver needs about 2-3 liters of fluid. Let cool for 15 minutes, blend and pour into a dish, put in fridge & cool – when set – serve on a bed of lettuce, use salad sticks as dippers.
As a family we love a barbeque any night of the week – the only requirement for this is it hot, can’t be bothered with cooking – we make a salad, lettuce, tomato, mushroom, capsicum, sprouts, olives, sun dried tomato, we soak the steak in teriyaki sauce, a little olive oil, crushed garlic for a few hours. Then BBQ when you are ready to eat. If we do not want to do dishes that night we use paper plates.
remember you can substitute milk and wheat flour for the many alternatives if you have issue with them
happy summer eating