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Jim here... As you're probably aware, Sunday marks the summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere. While the Pure Jeevan family certainly includes many raw foodies living in the southern hemisphere (*nods to our friends in Oz and beyond currently heading into winter*), the majority of our readers will equate Sunday with the official kick-off of much longer, much hotter days. So, we'd like to provide some topical, tropical inspiration for you.

How do you feel about heat Personally, I used to *hate* it. I thought I knew what real heat was, too, having grown up in St. Louis where the summers can be brutal. But, Wendi and I traveled to India once (so far!) and, wow, THAT was real heat. I clearly remember standing on an airport tarmac in a place called Trivandrum, just 8 degrees north of the equator, almost in shock over how hot it was there.

But guess what... I actually prefer heat now!? Isn't that strange? I have two reasons for this, both related to raw foods: (1) My body temperature is lower now than it was on cooked food. Raw cools you down a bit... It's not just me; many raw foodies talk about this, and I've read at least 10 different, logical explanations for it. Also, (2) I'm thinner now, and not so uncomfortable in hot weather. This makes logical sense, too. If fat is insulating, then it only makes sense that heavier people might be uncomfortable in warmer climates. (Trust, me; I was well insulated!)

So, when it comes to heat, I now say: Bring it on! The hotter the better. This is just one small example of the liberating power of health. Next time I'm in Trivandrum, I'm going jogging!

Anyway, in order to provide you with summer raw food inspiration, we've got some really tough work planned over this weekend. Trust me, it's going to be a particularly arduous weekend here at Pure Jeevan. We're not going to enjoy this tough work one bit!? Nope, not at all!? All of the delicious salads we'll be preparing, all of the cooling smoothies, all of the picnicing we'll be doing -- it's all an enormous sacrifice in the name of bringing you high-quality raw foods bloggging! (*wink*)

So, do tune in next week, okay ? It'll be fun!? Enjoy your weekend -- and Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads out there!


ps? As we're preparing to cover raw summertime outings, is there any topic you'd like us to cover? Or, do you have any specific questions about "summertime raw" ? If so, let us know in the comments (or drop us an email) and we'll try to address them next week!

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On June 20, 2009, Joanna_Steven wrote:

Me too! I grew up in Lebanon, where it's pretty much always hot (after leaving France), and I hated the heat. Add to that the fact that I was a boot wearing, velvet loving goth... ooh I hated summer! :)
Now... I love summer, I can't wait for it to come every year! And I kick myself a little for not discovering raw foods in Lebanon. All the super good figs, nectarines... even bananas! All fresh from the trees! Oh well... better late than never, right? ;)

On June 20, 2009, Linda wrote:

Love the raw stuff and so does my body.

On June 20, 2009, Joanna Rawvelous wrote:

Sounds great! Can't wait to check out your new additions! Here's my newest summer creation.. p=162 xoxo Joanna

On June 20, 2009, sheryl miler wrote:

yes it is winter in OZ!
Raining today which is fabulous, my chickens are a bit wet but they will figure it out!
I like summer along as it is not over 32 degrees celsius!
I love all the seasons,especially watching them change.

Just more ideas for breakfast besides smoothies and fruit.

I eat mainly toast and fruit but I get tired of that, I would like to have raw for breakky.

Thanks for everyhting you guys do
sheryl miller