Dear OLofWL ~ Yahoo, spring is here. Time to go outside and soak in some rays, and while I understand that overexposure to the sun causes sunburn, wrinkles, freckles, skin texture changes, dilated blood vessels, and skin cancer(s), I STILL CRAVE her and long to sit on the beach (for hours and hours and hours). I sit pale and sad in the shade. ~ Yours In Desperate Need of a Tan
Dear In Desperate Need of a Tan ~ Ahhhhh, yes. I understand and can relate. The rays of the sun do feel comforting, and a good tan is something many of us admire – even strive for! How about a compromise? Sit on the beach in the early part of the day, after applying sunscreen with a high SPF. Take twenty minute walks when you can. Those rays are strong, and if you protect yourself, your tanning may be slower and less than that of George Hamilton, but it’s the safer, less orange route. ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss
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And now … more VITAL INFORMATION about the SUN. Read on …
The Sun represents the power, glory, illumination, vitality, and life force.
It’s no wonder that too little of it can activate cravings for fatty, high calorie foods like cakes, cookies and chips. Lack of sunlight reduces the brain’s production of serotonin, the mood-boosting chemical that not only helps us to feel happy but also suppresses food cravings and bingeing.
Kick those dreary blues away; ward off cravings and bingeing. Walk on the sunny side of he street! Open your drapes and blinds. If you work in a windowless office, take a power walk at lunchtime. Twenty minutes of sunlight a day should do it!
Remember your sunscreen lotion and hat.
Most sun damage occurs within the first ten to twenty minutes of exposure. So, if you think you don’t need to put on your SPF (sun protection factor) lotion before picking up your mail, you are mistaken. The paler the skin, the less melanin it has for absorbing UV rays. Doctors recommend you put on your sunscreen at least twenty minutes before you go outside.