A Mid Summer Months, Balance?

There is nothing like that mid-summer bliss of throwing all of our rules out the window.  Kids are barefoot and staying up late while the rest of us are enjoying some R&R, a cocktail before cocktail hour and of course some tasty indulgences.
Unfortunately, (you knew that was coming) we can’t expect to live off of ice-cream and wine (that would be me) and not pay the price. As William Shakespeare once said "The course of true love never did run smooth". We all have varying definitions and thresholds of what our “price” might be but here is just a gentle reminder of the inevitable you can expect:
  • Digestive upsets (diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, feeling full)
  • Mood swings (short temper, depression, malaise)
  • Compromised Immune System
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Weight gain
With all that said, we are not complete "Debbie Downers" and do strive for balance. Here are a few simple ways to help keep you in a somewhat degree of homeostasis:
  •  Remember we eat to nourish and energize our bodies. Veggies and greens with every meal.
  • Keep it colourful: If your plate is looking a little too beige, chop up some fruit or veggies to brighten it up.
  • Water, water, water. 
  • Ferments with your meals! Get a daily dose of easily digestible vitamins, minerals and probiotics. This will help to keep your immune system strong and will also support your digestive system.
  • Just Shut Up and Try It Ferments Gut Shots, before or after a big meal.
  • Jun instead of pop or juice. Use it as a low sugar, low calories mixer. 
  • Shop local and support farmers and markets. Enjoy the tastes of fruit and veggies when they are in season and get yourself excited about creating a real food dish from scratch.

Here is to real food, sweet treats, late nights and bare feet. Happy Summer everyone. See you in September. 😉 We leave you with one of our favourites.


Creamy Kale and Ferments Summer Salad
2 tbsp raw cashew butter
2 tbsp filtered water
1 garlic clove, pressed
1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
Sea salt, to taste
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 cups sliced or chopped, kale
2 cups Just Shut Up and Try It Kids Kimchi, or Ginger/Turmeric Sauerkraut
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 small fennel bulb, sliced
2 scallions, sliced
2 tbsp raw almonds, chopped (roasted makes for a nicer option).


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