Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bask in the Rays of the Sun

How are you doing with your new Paleo habits? Are you steadily eating away at that elephant? Remember you need to keep reminding yourself until it becomes automatic.

Here's you're next Lifestyle habit. When you feel comfortable, then it's time to work on the next step. But not before.  Don't rush this. Remember Kaizen is about changing your life one tiny step at a time.

You should work on these habits only once all the 10 easy steps to becoming a Permanent Paleo Eater  are an automatic part of your everyday life.  Don't try to do everything at once or you will feel overwhelmed.

Check the list below. If you are still working on some of these habits then keep doing that until you no longer need to think about them.  Only then are you ready to move on.  Nobody is rushing you and nobody is keeping track.  This is YOUR plan and you decide when you're ready.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step"

. .... then another, and another.... Take your time, do it right, and you'll build a solid base for a lifetime of easy and healthy Paleo living.



Habit # 3 -  I get lots of sunshine and don't always wear sunscreen

For years we have been warned about the dangers of getting too much sun and to always wear sunscreen.  The result is that now most people are deficient in Vitamin D, and in recent studies the value of wearing sunscreen has come into question as well.  As with all things, the trick is to reach a happy medium and to not overdo in either direction.

When I was a child growing up in England there was a saying I often heard "mad dogs and Englishmen sit in the noonday sun." meaning I suppose that only in England was the sun so faint most of the year that you could safely sit out even in the middle of the day. 

Having lived through months of rain and fog when I lived there, I can tell you there is definitely some truth in that saying. Whenever we did finally get a sunny day everyone scrambled to make the most of it, and unfortunately sights such as above where not uncommon.

But for the majority of the world, sitting out in the sun in the hottest part of the day is not recommended, even with lots of suntan lotion.  However that doesn't mean that you should shun the sun entirely. We all can benefit from exposure to the sun, and as long as we go out before it gets too hot, we should all get at least 15 minutes a day of sun exposure without any lotion.  This is the best way to get our Vitamin D.

Mark Sisson is a great believer in getting lots of sun exposure and writes extensively on the need for getting enough sun.  In  this post  he says :

 "I am pro-sunlight. I’m not talking about weather patterns, either. I’m talking about exposing yourself to some rays. I spend a fair amount of time outside soaking up the sun’s energy (of course, being careful not to burn). Although evidently most dermatologists believe we would be better off spelunking in caves 24/7 and covering ourselves in head-to-toe black garb whenever we venture out, my own evolutionary perspective leads me to believe we were designed to get sunlight almost every day and that our health suffers if we don’t get enough."

In one of his many posts on the subject he recommends eating lots of fat and tomato products as well as drinking lots of tea as natural ways to prevent sunburn.  Unconventional maybe, but worth giving it a try.  You can read more of his thoughts on sunlight and natural sunburn protection here : sunscreens-not-one-of-them/

In a nutshell, get out into the sun whenever you get the chance, use as little suntan lotion as possible, and protect yourself during the heat of the day using natural methods.  

Animals naturally enjoy basking in the sun as you can see by this seal ......

......   and this cat.

......  and this dog and his master.

So enjoy the sun when it's safe to do so, and stay out of it when it gets too hot. I personally think they have the right idea in most of the countries that have very hot climates.  

Close up shop and take a nap.  You'll avoid the problem, catch up on your sleep, and wake up refreshed and ready to face the rest of your day - minus sunburn.

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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