Jamaal Kareem

Embracing Summer Wellness: My Two Favorite Things

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Summer is a season of abundance, offering unique opportunities to enhance our health and well-being. The longer days and warmer weather invite us to step outside, connect with nature, and embrace a lifestyle that nurtures both body and mind. Whether you’re in sunny Southern California or anywhere else in the world, these two activities are sure to bring a smile to your face and joy to all those around you.

The Joy of Seasonal Produce

Summer brings a bounty of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, rich in flavor and nutrients. Eating seasonal produce not only supports local farmers but also ensures you’re consuming food at its peak freshness and nutritional value.

Finding a local farmers’ market is easier than ever. Many communities have markets that operate weekly, offering a variety of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and more. To get the best selection, visit early in the day when the produce is freshest. Don’t be afraid to ask vendors for tips on selecting and preparing their offerings; many will even offer a tasting. Engaging with the growers provides valuable insights and can greatly enhance your shopping experience.

Shelley Pauls
Shelley Pauls

Stock up on these all summer long from your local Farmers Market:


  1. Watermelon: Hydrating and refreshing, rich in vitamins A and C
  2. Peaches: Juicy and sweet, high in vitamins A and C, and fiber
  3. Cherries: Tart or sweet, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
  4. Apricots: Great source of vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium
  5. Plums: Sweet and tangy, rich in vitamins C and K, and fiber
  6. Mangoes: Tropical delight with vitamins A and C, fiber, and folate
  7. Grapes: Easy snack, full of vitamins C and K, antioxidants, and hydration


  1. Corn: Sweet and versatile, provides fiber, vitamins B and C, and antioxidants
  2. Bell Peppers: Colorful and crunchy, high in vitamins A and C, and antioxidants
  3. Eggplant: Versatile for grilling, rich in fiber, vitamins B1, B6, and potassium
  4. Green Beans: Crisp and nutritious, offering fiber, vitamins C and K, and folate
  5. Cucumbers: Hydrating, cooling, low in calories, high water content, vitamins K and C
  6. Okra: Great for stews and grilling, provides vitamins C and K, fiber, and folate
  7. Summer Squash (including Yellow Squash and Patty Pan Squash): Light and versatile, rich in vitamins A and C, and fiber


  1. Basil: Aromatic and versatile, enhances flavors and provides vitamins A, C, and K
  2. Mint: Refreshing, cooling, great for drinks and salads, offering vitamins A and C
  3. Cilantro: Bright, citrusy, perfect for salsas and garnishes, provides vitamins A, C, and K
  4. Dill: Delicate flavor, great for pickling and dressings, rich in vitamins A and C
Vitolda Klein
Vitolda Klein

Try out these quick and healthy recipes using your farmers market finds:

  • Summer Berry Salad: Mix fresh berries with a handful of mint and a drizzle of honey for a refreshing treat.
  • Tomato Basil Salad: Combine ripe tomatoes with fresh basil, mozzarella, and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
  • Grilled Zucchini: Slice zucchini lengthwise, brush with olive oil, and grill until tender.
  • Herb-Infused Water: Add a handful of fresh herbs like mint or basil to a pitcher of water for a refreshing drink.
  • Tomato and Cucumber Salad: Combine sliced tomatoes and cucumbers with a splash of olive oil, vinegar, and fresh herbs for a simple, delicious salad.
  • Grilled Veggie Platter: Toss a variety of garden vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and grill until tender.

Get Outdoors for Yoga and Meditation

Practicing yoga and meditation outdoors connects you with nature, enhancing your experience and providing significant mental health benefits. Natural settings can boost mindfulness and relaxation, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. The sights, sounds, and scents of nature add a new dimension to your practice, making it more immersive and restorative.

Additionally, incorporating grounding—making direct physical contact with the Earth—into your outdoor practice can amplify these benefits. Grounding is believed to reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance mood, boost the immune system, improve circulation, and alleviate pain.

Getting Started with Your Outdoor Yoga and Meditation Practice

Finding the perfect outdoor spot can enhance your practice. Look for quiet, shaded areas like parks, beaches, or your own backyard. Essential gear includes a sturdy mat, comfortable clothing, and sun protection such as hats and sunscreen. Whenever possible, practice barefoot on natural surfaces like grass, sand, or soil to take advantage of the grounding effect.

Mor Shani
Mor Shani

Sample Outdoor Yoga and Meditation Routines

For outdoor yoga, start with simple poses like Mountain Pose, Warrior II, and Tree Pose to build strength and balance. Incorporate stretches like Downward Dog and Child’s Pose to relax and rejuvenate. Practice barefoot to enhance the grounding effect, feeling the connection with the Earth and visualizing energy flowing from the ground into your body.

For meditation, find a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Use the natural sounds around you to deepen your mindfulness practice. The rustling leaves and chirping birds can be soothing and help you stay present. Incorporate grounding techniques during meditation by sitting or lying directly on the ground. Focus on the sensation of the ground beneath you and visualize the Earth’s energy flowing into your body.

Additional Grounding Yoga Poses:

  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana): Stand with your feet firmly planted on the ground, feeling the connection with the Earth. Visualize energy flowing from the Earth into your body.
  • Tree Pose (Vrksasana): Practice balancing poses like Tree Pose to strengthen your connection with the Earth and improve stability.
  • Child’s Pose (Balasana): Kneel on the ground with your forehead touching the Earth, allowing yourself to feel supported and grounded.

Incorporating farmers’ market visits, outdoor yoga and meditation, and grounding into your summer routine can significantly enhance your wellness. These activities not only promote physical health but also contribute to mental well-being, making for a holistic approach to a healthier lifestyle. So, step outside, enjoy the sunshine, and embrace the abundance of summer for a fulfilling and healthy season.


Try at least one of these activities this summer and share your experiences with our community or on social media using the hashtag #SummerWellness. Here’s to a happy, healthy summer!

Embracing Summer Wellness: My Two Favorite Things