A Change in Season

It is nearly the end of the third full week in August. Wherever you may be, you're likely feeling a shift in the weather. Here in Asheville, the days are still warm, but the mornings are damp with humidity. Our afternoons are often covered with rainfall and sundown brings a cool breeze.

This climatic period in Chinese Medicine is considered Late Summer. It is the month of August and only stays for a month. During this time, we transition from heat and movement (yang energy) to cool, calm and slow (yin energy). The best compliment we can give ourselves is to bring awareness to your own transitions during Late Summer, especially those that are more subtle. Allow yourself to linger a little longer in the morning, take an afternoon nap and appreciate the vitality you felt during the hot Summer months of June and July.

Dietarily, Late Summer is associated with our center, our core, our digestion. In order to strengthen our digestion for the cool months ahead, it is advised to slowly forego cold foods such as salads, raw vegetables and juices, smoothies, ice cream and beverages covered in ice. Now is the time incorporate cooked vegetables such as:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard, collards, cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Grains
  • Slightly sweet fruits like apples cantaloupe or apricots.

Keep your spices and seasonings to a minimum. Less is more during Late Summer.

Savor the last of your tomatoes and cucumbers. Fall is falling upon us.

Please share your comments and/or questions below. I'd love to hear about your personal transitions during Late Summer and your favorite recipes!

A favorite of mine - seasonal Vegetable & Fruit chart offered by The Noshery

Delicious bites to eat: Buddha Bowl Recipes from Livestrong

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general reference only. It is not a replacement for professional health advice. The content in this post intentionally does not provide dosage information or possible interactions with prescription drugs or other medications. Please contact a certified health practitioner such as a physician of Oriental Medicine or Herbalist before considering use. To schedule an appointment with Malerie, visit the services page.