Monday, July 18, 2011

Ways to Beat the Heat

Chicago is in the throes of an oppressive, week-long heat wave that's headed towards the East Coast.

Here are some ways to cope:

-Drink coconut water - which hydrates, replenishes electrolytes *and* cools the body

-Drink regular water - and lots of it

-Massage coconut oil into the scalp at the crown of the head - which also cools the body

-Eat mostly live foods, which are less filling and require less energy to digest. Watermelon is wonderful - especially with fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. Just make sure you eat it alone and on an empty stomach (otherwise it'll be difficult to digest.... and turn into fat)

-If your mind becomes dull in the heat, sprinkle cayenne pepper on food or in the hot lemon water you drink first thing in the morning

-Speak less. Talking wastes valuable energy - especially when speaking of useless things. (Plus, you're less likely to get into an argument).

-Do less. Cancel plans. Stop running around. Conserve energy. Copy the behavior of your pets - who know not to do too much in the heat.

-Check on elderly neighbors and makes sure they are comfortable.

-Watch a blockbuster movie in AC comfort. Bring the neighbors.

-Jump in the lake


Do 3 Surya Namaskar B instead of 5....and don't skimp on backbends, inversions or the resting pose.


  1. I always only do 3 surya Bs :) Even on Fridays and Sundays! For years!

  2. The book came in the mail and I'm a little more than halfway through it and liking it. I think it's going to take me a lot longer to understand it than it will to read it...Thanks again for the suggestion!

  3. Move to Alaska? Maybe Seattle?
    (to beat the heat)

  4. Gail,
    You're welcome!
    First = reading.
    Then, contemplation....