Beat the Summer Heat!

Feeling the heat? Well, we all are in the same boat, sorry, same sweaty boat! The only solution to keep away from the heat is to remain confined indoors and if possible in the lap of air- conditioned luxury. But life has to go on and there is work to do. We have to brave the elements, right? In the following few paragraphs we have a list of things to do to beat the heat. The principles are simple: dress simply and wear light coloured cottons, exercise early in the morning or in late evenings, drink a lot of water and fluids and shower more than once a day. Spray on the deodorant lavishly and get that hair cut short. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses and hat and never venture out without them. As far as food intake is concerned indulge in light meals and cold soups and crisp salads. Burgers and fries are best left for those days when the temperatures are not soaring. Do your body a favour by making the best of the summer vegetables and fruits.

Well here goes:

1. Beginning your day with a brisk walk or light exercise as the sun rises not only gives you the much needed extra doses of fresh air laden with clean oxygen but also removes the stiffness from your muscles so that your stamina is on the increase with each passing day. For those who just cannot see the sunrise, schedule the exercise around sunset. The clime is certainly not as fresh as early morning what with the day’s pollution having done the atmosphere in, but the temperatures are down so that exercise is not so much of a chore. In any case avoid the midday sun for all reasons.

2. Summer holidays means there is bound to be a lot of outings. Foods for the picnic should be cooled before packing. The heat can deteriorate the food. It is practical to pack liquid beverages separately. Ice them in about an hour before packing and do so in an icebox.

3. Look at salads and chilled soups very seriously. Tomatoes, lettuces and lemons are at their best. Make a big bowl of salad and let the cucumbers do their two bits in keeping your body cool. Make yourself a big Caesar salad, which will be a meal by itself.

4. Replace oil dressings with low fat or yogurt-based dressings in salads. Yogurt has a lot of digestive and cooling properties and it is a confirmed summer food! Make a tall glass of sweet lassi or a salty chaas with roasted cumin powder. They not only act as fillers but also cool your body down tremendously.

5. Smoothies made with yogurt and fresh fruits are also nourishing beverages in summers. Some summer fruits like melons are best had raw and in handsome quantities.

6. There is one Ayurvedic preparation called Gulkand (candied rose petals) that is an effective cooling agent. Made of rose petals at their peak condition, Gulkand contains other rejuvenating herbs blended in just the right proportions. It is sweet cooling tonic, rich in calcium and anti oxidants, that helps to combat fatigue, lethargy, muscular aches and heat related conditions. Have a teaspoon of it at midday.

7. Keep the air filters in the air conditioners clean and dust free. They are more effective. Also keep the curtains drawn during the day to keep the sun out.

8. Fill up the hot water bottle with chilled water. Wipe dry and let it cool your bed before you retire. Ensure that there are no leaks!

9. Needless to say drink eight to ten glasses of water. If you think beer is cooling, think again because it is dehydrating. Favour other fruit based drinks.

10. Swimming is a good summer exercise and also keeps you cool and hydrated. Put the sunscreen lavishly.

11. Indulge in homemade ice creams. Mix and match fruity flavours and enjoy.

12. When the afternoon bears down heavily, luxuriate in a cool movie hall and relax with your favourite stars entertaining you.

It will be fitting to give you two recipes of crunchy salads that keep the blustering summer heat away. Watch Alyona make a great Slimmers salad with no oil dressing on Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana on Youtube and this great recipe for a summer tomato pasta salad.

 

 

 

Summer tomato pasta salad

For more fabulous recipes don’t forget to visit http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com

Keep sharing your comments, thoughts, tips and ideas so everyone has a happy summer!

Sanjeev Kapoor

 

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