August days up here in the Blue Ridge are perfect. Some days we might hit as high as 80 at high noon, then a quick evening cooling into the 60s and below, perfect for rocking on the front porch and watching the fireflies signal their light and glow show.
Eating is wonderful too as we live almost entirely off the garden at this time of the year, tender lettuce, rich onions and baby potatoes, corn so sweet it does not need to be cooked. Squash of every type, beans, peas, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower…and of course luscious, most delicious tomatoes. This is a sweet feast enjoyed on our open-air deck with the creek rushing below. Throw in a little corn bread and we have a wonderful afternoon meal.
In the evening we eat lightly. Ayurveda, the Indian science of health, shows us that we have three cycles twice a day (air 2-6, water 6-10 and fire 10-2. The best time to eat our biggest meal is at the highest point of fire (12 noon) when the digestive fires are most bright (noon). Then in the evening we eat lightly and early so the body can use the second fire cycle to burn up accumulated toxins from the day.
Often our evening meal is fruit pie. Right now Merri whips up a wonderful blackberry cobbler and this is not an unhealthy food if you don’t overload it with sugar and white refined flower. Merri and I often have a nice piece of this cobbler instead of dinner. This is a great summer food and fits the Three Season Diet perfectly (see our message about John Douillard’s three season diet – see www.garyascott.com/health/607/ and www.garyascott.com/health/612/
We grind Quinoa into powder and use this as half the flour for the crust and filling and stevia (go to www.stevia.net) as a sweetener, you have a delicious, balanced, low calorie meal.
Keeping your caloric intake down is one of the most important things you can do for good health and longevity. This has been scientifically proven and an article by Dr. Mercola “Insulin and Its Metabolic Effects” explains why this may be fact.
This article suggests that insulin is one of nature’s great balancers. Insulin is created by high amounts of blood sugar levels in the body. Lots of insulin is a signal that there is plenty of food supply and hence there will be plenty of population growing. Consequently insulin becomes an agent to decrease longevity, nature’s way of keeping the population in check.
Less insulin in the body signals that there is not so much food so the body may be needed to stay around longer to contribute to the gene pool! Hence those who consume less, live more. Consequently the protein balanced, low carbohydrate, cooling blackberry cobbler recipe below is a perfect and tasty alternative to a heavy evening meal. Enjoy the treat and be healthier.
Take fresh cleaned blackberries (ours are all organic so all we need to do is lightly rinse them in the pure spring water) and add just a bit of stevia…it sweetens yet does not raise the blood sugar level. You can squeeze a bit of lime over them. Then add a crumble top…famous in England and Georgia…(but I suspect made a lot differently than ours!) The crumble is made from equal parts of flour and protein powder with some organic milk to moisten. Cover the top of the blackberries with this mixture, then add just a smidgen of clarified butter.Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly. We enjoy a cup of mint tea (from the mint that grows wild on the banks of Little Horse Creek) with this at day’s end.
Dr. Marcola’s entire article is at http://www.mercola.com/2001/jul/14/insulin.htm
Until next message, may all your secrets be healthy!