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The sun is about 93 million miles from earth.

The sun is the closest star to earth.

The sun is a ball of gas that gives earth heat and light.

The temperature of the sun is around 60000 Kelvin.

It takes about 8 minutes for the light and heat of the sun to reach earth.

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Now new research tells us that sunlight can help us lose weight.

Who would have ever guessed or thought?
The Sunshine Diet I call it!!!

From the Times of India:

LONDON: Bright sunlight – especially of the early morning variety — has been found to be a natural fat buster. Scientists at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago found that even 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect a person’s body mass index (BMI), and that people who got most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower BMI than those who got their light exposure later in the day.

The influence of morning light exposure on body weight was independent of an individual’s physical activity levels, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. It accounted for about 20% of a person’s BMI.

“Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulates energy balance. The message is that you should get more bright light between 8am and noon,” the study’s senior author Phyllis C Zee said.

Only 20 Minutes a Day

The best part of all this you only need about 20 minutes of morning sun – and it does HAVE to be morning sun – to reap the benefits.

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Over at Women’s Health they tell us,

By nature, morning light is much stronger than afternoon or evening light. That’s because there’s a higher amount of blue light in the morning—and blue light is the kind that has the strongest effect on your circadian rhythm, say researchers.

And even better than all of the above Steth News tells us:

The result of the test was that those who were exposed to more light in the morning had lower Body mass Index (BMI) than those who received less light. Based on the study, age, calorie intake, and activities did not affect the result.

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Many people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, get the blues and sometimes gain weight in the cold dark days of winter because of a drop in serotonin in the brain due to a lack of sunlight. Livestrong.com weighs in that that is what may be in play with both S.A.D. and weight loss.

I wonder?

Could it be? There are crazier ideas out there. Right?

Was England’s Stonehenge really just a spa for women to lose weight?

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 Here Comes the Sun sung by George Harrison

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Featured Recipe    Breakfast Rice and Egg

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Of course with today’s post being about mornings I had to share a breakfast dish.

This is quick & easy and I like to eat it on my patio in late spring, early summer, or in fall. In other words, I like to be outside when it is not to hot and humid.

And only $0.78 per person!

I love to eat breakfast outside. Compared to most people I am an early riser. Not by choice. It is my natural rhythm. I generally just wake up between 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

I like sitting on my patio early in the morning while it is still quiet and not many people are up and about. Just some time for me. I love watching the sun rise while sipping a cup of hot tea.

Watching the sun rise in all her beauty is a prayer.

The recipe I share today is perfect for morning sun watching, day dreaming, meditation or prayer kind of dish.

This makes a great lunch too!

And you will never, ever, EVER find as delicious and filling meal for less than $1.00 than this sweet little recipe!!!!!

This is what you will need for 1 person:

Some rice brown or white – left over is really nice

1 or 2 eggs

Soy sauce

Green onions

Spray oil if you are frying an egg

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Here is what you do:

You can use left over cooked rice or cook about one half a cup or so according to package directions. Instant is OK too.

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Just place your rice in a bowl. Sprinkle with a bit of Soy sauce.

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Fry or soft cook an egg to taste. Place it on top of the rice.

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Sprinkle the egg with a bit of Soy sauce.

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After washing slice the green onion on the diagonal and sprinkle over the egg and rice.

Sprinkle with some more Soy sauce.

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Recipe adapted from Livestrong.com ~

Bon appetite and peace

Cost

¼ cup brown rice       $0.14

1 egg                        $0.13

Soy sauce                  $0.26

Green onions             $0.10

Spray oil                   $0.15

Total cost for 1 = $0.78

Quote of the Day

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

J. B. Priestley

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10 comments to Great Balls of Fire

  • I’m going to start working on the patio, naked, every morning. My neighbors across the canal will scream but I’ll get thinner, right?? 🙂

    I love your egg and rice breakfast. It’s almost like deconstructed fried rice.

    • Roberta

      Thinner, yes…..and just in time for me to see you on the front page of the National Enquirer. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I didn’t mention it in the post, but sometimes I fry a strip of bacon and crumble it on top of the egg too – yes – fried rice like.

  • That egg looks yummy! I love runny eggs! Hmmmmm- I don’t know about this. Perhaps any weight loss is for the same reason research has shown Vitamin D affects weight.
    Or perhaps people who get up early move around more all day long.

    • Roberta

      So interesting you mention this, Julia. First thing I do with this dish is puncture the yolk and let it coat the rice. Too yummy! 🙂

      Not sure about the Vitamin D link. None of the articles I read ever mentioned Vitamin D. Could be though.

  • Crabby

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25342734
    There is ongoing research but I am wondering if there are other contributing factors besides the sun making it more lifestyle changes than just one element such as getting up in the morning. I do really think breakfast and staying active are other key elements to maintaining a healthy weight. The breakfast looked delicious. Ive been on am omelet kick lately not sure why maybe its the cold weather….
    Thanks for letting me read your blog
    Hugs, your nutty friend the crab

    • Roberta

      I agree eating breakfast is an important way to start the day and keep your weight stable. Most important meal of the day my dad always told me.

      Oh I am sure there are many other factors that lead to a healthy body and keeping weight in check. Just thought it was interesting that sun plays a role.

      Come back any time Crabby. My astrological sign is the Crab! 🙂

  • maybe that’s why I’m thinner in the summer. Not a lot of sun in the winter in Chicago not to mention too cold to sit out when there is sun. Love the recipe. Simple comfort food 🙂

  • Hi Roberta, it’s been too long! I live in sunny Arizona and was recently diagnosed as Vitamin D deficient. I became so good at sun protection that I over did it! Thanks for the tip and research on the benefits of morning sun in particular. Happy Sunday.

    • Roberta

      Way too long, Angie. Good to see you again. 🙂 So sorry about your vitamin deficiency. But glad to hear you are feeling better.