In Mireille Guiliano’s newest book ‘French Women Don’t Get Facelifts’, I enjoyed reading chapter eight on nutrition and anti-ageing. Interestingly enough, Mireille’s chapter on nutrition starts off talking about sunlight and water. I was confused too!
As I read on though, I realised how I do not get enough natural light ‘in my diet’. I certainly focus on the water aspect, and drink many glasses a day. I aim for two litres and sometimes even have a one litre glass jug on the kitchen bench where I try to finish one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Mireille talks about sunlight though, how for optimum health and slenderness (because both go together) it is advisable to have 15-30 minutes outside in the sunshine/daylight. You don’t have to go for a walk although that’s two good things at the same time, but perhaps you might sit outside to read or relax, hang out washing or potter in the garden.
I am quite fair-skinned and would like to have a bit more colour, so making a conscious effort to get my Vitamin D via sunshine might also help with that. That amount of time is not enough in my opinion to need sunscreen on your body, although I always wear it on my face and décolletage.
I am a little bit skeptical of sunscreens and wonder if there is a link or is it just coincidence that skin cancer rates are increasing when we are all wearing more sunscreen? What effect are those sunscreen chemicals having on our skin when combined with the sun itself? I choose not to spend hours outside, just little bits here and there.
I do already have days where I go for either a long exercise walk or a gentle shorter stroll, and I also weed and plant my garden, but on the other days where I am inside either at work or at home, I will make sure I spend 15-30 minutes minimum outside, doing whatever.
After reading this chapter I read a newspaper article saying that Vitamin D supplements don’t work that well, so that reaffirms to me that I want to get more natural sunshine in my life. Plus, it’s free and natural. Yay!