Yeah. It’s hot. I’m grouchy. When the mercury climbs past 95, my skepticism morphs into annoyance.
So I’m a little peeved at the recommendations coursing across the Intertubes on what to eat to stay cool.
Eating hot peppers may be the dumbest recommendation I’ve seen. Because, they say, the peppers make you sweat (which has a cooling effect on the body).
I’m not having any problem sweating right now. I’m sitting in my air-conditioned studio, schvitzing like a pig, thankyouverymuch.
The Huffington Post warns us to stay away from “Yang” foods (as opposed to those cooling “Yin” foods). In the “Yang” column:
“…cabbage, onions, garlic, parsnip, leeks, cherries and dates. Warming spices include bay leaf, cinnamon and dill.”
Come on! This is in the same post recommending scotch bonnet peppers. But no onions? And really, what’s wrong with cherries? And a little dill on potato salad sounds mighty good.
On the brighter side, there’s lots of info out there on good things to avoid and really good recipe ideas to try.
Tops on the avoid list: fast food and sugary sodas. Doctors told an NBC affiliate in Georgia (where they really ought to know) that these can make your body hotter.
And tops on the cool food list: watermelon.
I’m gonna get one right now.
What are you eating or avoiding to stay cool? Let us know in the “Comments” below.
Here are a few good tips from the www:
Green salads, according to HuffPo:
“Lettuces, cucumbers, celery, spinach and peppers are all over 90% water.”
And if you have a juicer, experiment. A Google search can give you tips on some great-sounding drink recipes like cucumber ginger or coriander mint.
And let us know if you come up with something truly great and refreshing.