Today is midsummer. I have my red linen dress on. I have our national moccasin type shoes on that we call “pastalas“. It’s pouring rain outside with a decent thunder alongside and some national music.
Since I don’t live out in the woods (that I wouldn’t mind in summer), I have made a little fireplace on my table from candles. Why? Because we celebrate the light. I know I sound a little woo-woo. I am not too much of the woo-woo thing lover, but midsummer always gets me. I don’t know why. We all have that ancestral need to be a part of the tribe. I think we all need our traditions and things we do, even if we don’t know why. A lot of it is superstition and I don’t mind. For me – superstition will always beat the religion. I like the unexplained and the primal feel of it all. Dancing in the sunrise, jumping over a fireplace, ritual songs, burning stuff (I’m huge on burning stuff…)
I used to live off of cheese, which is one of the main things we consume during the midsummer, but as you may know – milk products are not as good as they used to be and I have also noticed that my stomach does not like cheese anymore. I usually notice an upset and bloating stomach afterwards. And if I have been sitting down a little more than I should’ve then it’s a complete disaster.
Observe yourselves during holidays. Doesn’t matter if it’s a garden party, birthday, national holiday or Christmas. We eat too much. In the past – people ate a lot during the holidays, because they didn’t have that much during their everyday life, they prepared and saved up for the celebration, so they could go all out during them, but now? Now we eat all the time. Some people eat 6 – 8 times a day. And it’s just too much. Give your body a break. Move around. If you don’t sit down at the table – you won’t be tempted to eat as much. If the crowd seems to be gravitating towards the table – just think of some active games to play. Or maybe don’t get the seating arranged around the table, but someplace else, so people have to get up to get the food (so you have to get up and get the food). And since holiday comes with an extra use of alcohol – think about your water consumption more. If you drink a glass of wine – drink 2 glasses of water. If you get a beer glass – get at least the same amount of water in as well.
You don’t want to be sad and bloated on the evening of the celebration or hungover the next morning, so just think about it while you’re at the party, so you can enjoy your time with the people you want to be with and feel great the next day too.
Happy midsummer. I hope you all find your magic tonight, on the shortest night of the year!