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The Sun, Health & Weight Loss

A person online was asking about the ZEN Beach Diet and said “does it involve laying on the beach in the sun?” I think they were trying to be funny but it may have shocked them a little when I replied, “absolutely it does!!”

Many people are really not aware of the importance of sunlight and light generally, when it comes to their health. It is actually critical for both physical and mental health and should be a regular part of your lifestyle. That is, if your health is important to you.

Here are some of the benefits of sun exposure:

UVB is needed by the skin to convert cholesterol to vitamin D

(Vitamin D is necessary for Calcium absorption, so the sun supports healthy bones & teeth)

Assists with depression

Improves immunity

Stimulates metabolism

Reduced incidence of cancer

Daylight stimulates our ability to use oxygen for energy production

Kills bacteria

Improves sleep

Anti stress effect

Regenerates thymus gland (responsible for white T cell formation to fight infection)

Supports glucose metabolism

Reduces inflammation

So then without adequate sunlight and daylight, excess melatonin is produced in the body which makes the brain sluggish, turns off thyroid and progesterone production, and suppresses immunity and fertility.

How much do you need?

The rule of thumb is 10 minutes full skin exposure on both sides. So 20 minutes all up.

However shorter sessions of only a few seconds of bright light throughout the day is said to stop the formation of free radical chain reactions. Short bursts are probably better too for reducing skin aging.

Importance for health

Sun exposure is an important factor in the line up for optimal health. It is a prime example of how all the factors work together holistically to create health. You can be eating the perfect diet but if you live in a place where it is dark for 6 months, all of the necessary reactions can’t happen in the body to support the other great things you are doing.

For example: you could be eating all your dairy for calcium but then not absorbing it without the Vitamin D from the sun.

If you live in such a place and can’t get daily sun, investing in a red light is highly recommended as a substitute.

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Story – Heading to the sun

Over 20 years ago, before I knew about Ray Peat and this health stuff, I actually moved from Geelong, Victoria to sunny Queensland where it is warm like Hawaii – specifically for the warmth and sun. Geelong is cold for 9 out of 12 months of the year. It was overcast and cloudy most days. I could tell it affected my mental health, as I would stay curled up in bed not wanting to get up because it was cold and dark. I wasn’t motivated to do much, and didn’t really have a great outlook on life.

Where as in Queensland the sun shines 95% of the time whether it is summer or winter. When you wake up every morning to bright sunlight streaming in your window, you bound out of bed ready to walk or work or just take on the world, bursting with optimism. The difference is profound.

ZEN Beach Diet

Knowing that it takes more than just diet and exercise is the reason I named my program the ZEN Beach Diet. It’s a whole list of healthy actions you do daily to create a lifestyle that supports optimal health. Essentially like being on the most fabulous beach holiday where you relax and enjoy, and get healthy in the stress-free process.

Always learning!


Kristy x

Thanks to Adrian Alford Photography for the images!

Zen Beach Diet

NB: Some great articles to read quoting Ray Peat on the importance of sunlight:

Using sunlight to sustain life.

Light is right.

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Cherry Orange Festive Slice

So this slice started out as something a little different and morphed into the delicious Cherry Orange Festive Slice!

I had just whacked together a few things in my pantry and fridge and was expecting to work miracles again without too much effort. Unfortunately this time… not so lucky.

My taste testers said “yeah it’s ok, but a bit bland.” And I had to agree. Not sweet enough or flavoursome at all really. It was kind of like my White Christmas Slice but no where near as good.

So luckily with these melt and mix type creations, you can melt it down again and add more things. So that’s what I did.

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Raw Protein Cookies

Continuing the theme of ‘lunchbox or travel snacks,’ another recipe evolved and these Crunchy Raw Protein Cookies may be my current favourite!

It just astounds me how a raw cookie can be crunchy. Totally tastes like it’s cooked, only it’s not!

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Coconut Protein Chews

coconut protein chews

So following on from last week’s blog I wanted to give you a sweet treat recipe removing as many polyunsaturated fats as possible but still have it taste amazing and here it is! Coconut Protein Chews.

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Is dietary advice causing food stress?

dietary advice causing food stressIt is interesting reading, tripping through other people’s blogs and everyone’s responses when it comes to eating, body image and food stress.

There are unrealistic ideals in terms of thinness, eating disorders, people who believe one thing bagging anyone else who has a different view. A myriad of ways to eat – paleo, vegetarian, vegan, high protein, fruitarian, bananas only, raw food only, low carb, junk food only, low carb high fat.  A combination of the above, eat some things but leave other things out. As well as the whole ‘a little bit of everything in moderation’ camp.

So really to find your way through the murky depths of the many views, concepts, programs and guidelines, there is only one true shining light of guidance for you. And that is…

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What’s up with curbing cravings?

curbing cravingsEverywhere I read about special teas to help you lose weight, or shakes, or pills or any other fan-dangled thing that is supposed to cut your appetite or help with curbing cravings. I’m just wondering why this is necessary?

Why do you need to stop feeling your cravings?

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3 Day Juicing Cleanse

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A 3 Day Juicing Cleanse called Schkinny Maninny – sounds like a dance doesn’t it? Or at the very least a fad product in the weight loss world, of which you should steer clear.

However I am pleased to report that Schkinny Maninny is none of those things.

When I first heard of it, I was totally sceptical. These are the thoughts that popped in my head…

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New year goals

new year goalsHappy New Year Goals!

I’m excited again at the start of a new year, it does it to me every time. Not sure why, maybe it’s the holidays and so you are more relaxed and actually have time to think about your life and make plans. Or maybe it’s time to brush yourself off and start again.

What ever it is, I like it!

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Protein Chocolate Bars


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Everyone seems to live life in a rush these days, racing to work, play or exercise.  I don’t think it’s slowing down any time soon, so these Protein Chocolate Bars will have you eating healthy on the run.

This is why I love my protein packed treats that you can make once a week and keep in the fridge or freezer for a quick breakfast or snack any time.

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