Breakfast- 1/2 watermelon
Lunch- 3 pints blueberries
Last night, my friend Glen was telling me that a raw food friend of his recently said something that Glen thought was just ridiculous! The raw foodist told Glen that we don't need to wear sunscreen when we go out into the sun. Sun is normal and natural and that we need sunlight on our skin to be healthy. Glen thought this was one of the silliest things he's ever heard. Then I proceeded to tell him that I agree with his friend's opinion and I briefly explained why.
My understanding is that the sun helps us detox by drawing up toxins to the surface of the skin where they are released, much like the sun draws moisture up and out through a plant's leaves. Cooked food, particularly cooked fats, are drawn up to the surface of the skin but they have been chemically altered by cooking and thus react with the sun's heat and light forming even greater carcinogenic compounds on the skin's surface. This leads to skin cancer. Exposing the skin, in moderation, without sunscreen, to direct sunlight is essential for optimal health, particularly bone health, but there are countless additional benefits.
This said, just because we're raw foodist's doesn't mean that we should be reckless with our exposure to sun light. It is not healthy to allow the skin to become sunburned; that can damage healthy skin tissue. Sun screen is not the solution for preventing skin cancer. The solution is moderate sun exposure, slowly developing a healthy moderate tan, and refraining from eating cooked fats and other cooked food.
My true confession is that I looovvvveee the sun and I tend to over do it. Don't do as I do; do as I say! Seriously, I know that I need to be careful and I'm working on it.