Sunshine On My Shoulders

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”   —John Ruskin

We need air to breathe, food, water—and no matter how much you fight it—we absolutely NEED sleep. But did you know we also need sunshine? Sunlight absorbed through our skin is essential for our bodies to produce and use certain vitamins. And it’s especially important for those of us with Celiac Disease.

What is it about the sun that makes us so happy? The Roman Gods for sure knew. They named a goddess Aurora for just that. The Goddess of Dawn, who renews us each day by announcing the sun’s arrival in the sky.

The sun keeps us balanced. It gives us the vitamins we need. It provides energy to living things. Through photosynthesis, plants grow. It puts pep in our step!

There is a migration of people of all ages to Florida in the months of January and February. They can’t get enough of the sun and its reflection off the shimmering ocean. And I don’t blame them one bit. It’s invigorating! I do not take it for granted, though I do sometimes crave the quiet beauty of winter… the mountains, the shining icicles sparkling like glass crystals, the sunshine peeking through the tall trees or reflecting off the snow…

Peaceful Waters Sanctuary in Wellington, Florida is a beautiful place to catch some sunshine, bird watch, and walk 5 miles.

Sunshine by itself is spectacular. And then, throw in a crystal clear blue sky and it just makes you feel better! I wish during the coldest of winter days I could box it up and send it to my son that lives in NYC and my sister Nancy and friend Kristen who live in the upper peninsula of Michigan. But everything has its trade offs. While I’m roasting in the summer sun, they are hiking in a fleece jacket, sleeping with the windows open, and swimming in a cool lake.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing. It’s caused by the lack of sunlight during winter months. A lightbox can help, but natural sunlight is the best. Taking a walk in the sun can really boost your spirits! And if it’s sunny—but 20 degrees outside—grab your favorite book, curl up on the couch in front of a window, and let the sun warm your body while you soak up the winter rays.

Sometimes we need to be “rescued” by a good book, a family vacation, or a walk in the SUNSHINE. Let the sun take you by the hand and pull you outside to the Earth’s goodness and you can soak up some precious sunbeams.

I enjoy a good rainy day to catch up on things, plus we need water from the rain. But mostly it’s sun and a cool breeze that gets me moving. I’ll take a bushel of sunshine’s blissfulness to bring clarity and abundance to any day. 🌞

“Give me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-dazzling”  —Walt Whitman

by Jet

A strong squeeze of your bicep
Means sorry to bother you… I need you to intercept
It’s important because I need assistance
From me there will be no resistance
Because you’re the best thing of my existence
Please rescue me
I’m simple. It’s easy
I’ll be your dream come true
You’ll help me not feel so blue
Because you’re the best thing that I’ve ever seen
We’ll wear our boots and blue jeans
Put bourbon in our canteen
And go where the sun beams

Why Everyone with Celiac Disease Desperately Needs Vitamin D
July 30, 2012  |  By Jordan Reasoner

Depending on many factors, like where you live, about 20-30 minutes of afternoon sun with your shirt off will produce 10,000 IU’s (this vitamin D Council article lists all the confounding factors). Or you can use this fancy calculator from the Norwegian institute for Air Research to estimate how many IU’s you’ll get from playing outdoors.

If getting outside isn’t ideal for your lifestyle or testing shows an acute deficiency, supplementing with vitamin D3 is probably your best option.

The best way to get vitamin D is from the sun, so after you’re done reading this, get outside and get some vitamin D the natural, fun way!