On Snacking Versus Meals

To Meal or to Graze

It’s a choice every man must make for himself: to binge every 12 hours, or to take handfuls of nuts, a piece of fruit or a hunk of cheese every few hours as he feels fit.

I know where I stand.

Meals have some pros:

  • If you only need to eat a couple of times a day, that saves time.
  • You can sit down with your friends and have a big appetite.
  • When you wait long times between eating, your body has a chance to digest.

They also have some cons:

  • You get spacey in between meals.
  • You have to chance to enjoy fewer flavors.
  • You have to think very carefully about the meal to make sure you get everything you need.

With snacking, on the other hand, I feel the pros out weigh the cons much more obviously.

  • When you snack, you can eat just enough to feel grounded without feeling stuffed
  • A small snack gives the body energy without making it tired
  • You can determine what you need as the day goes on.
    • For example, if you think you want chicken salad, but you realize you’re missing veggies, you can have veggies as your next snack.
  • You’re always ready to make love
    • Don’t discount the disabling effect a gigantic meal has on romance.

So to you know who out there (yes, I’m talking to you), if you have questions about my personal experience with intermittent fasting, please reach out here.

Otherwise, take your time experimenting with what feels best in your body.

The most important thing is be conscious of what is going in, because it determines what comes out of you in thoughts, deeds and actions.


Getting Sun

This post is about Vitamin D.

Did you know that many people are deficient in Vitamin D?

After a generation of Baby Boomers battled skin cancer, there was a backlash in the other direction: people stopped going in the sun completely. One of these people is my father in law, Jim, a decent man who owns a carpet cleaning San Antonio institution. He was thrilled that he found a job that allowed him to stay inside all day and avoid the occupational hazard that faced his father, my kids’ late Grandpa Phil who did Weston FL landscaping and had skin cancer in three places. He actually had to have a chunk of his nose removed, poor guy.

Jim and his generation started:

  • Covering up
    • This means long sleeves, sarongs, hats, sunglasses and beach umbrellas
  • Wearing sunscreen
    • Not only for hot days at the beach, but EVERY DAY. Notice how most beauty products have at least SPF 15? You can’t avoid it even if you try!
  • Avoiding the sun
    • No more afternoon walks! “Let’s wait ’til after peak sunburn hours,” I often heard people say.
  • Taking vitamins and thinking thats a good substitute.

All of this behavior lead to many people with osteoporosis and other health problems.

Not getting enough sun is not the only problem

Spending some time in the sun on a regular basis is vital to good health and happiness. Studies have shown that SAD, or “Seasonal Affective Disorder,” is a real condition. Sufferers find relief from their symptoms of anxiety and depression by sitting under a light the emits UV Rays.

The Poison and the Medicine

Sun in small doses allows for our body to stay healthy and strong. Now here is an important piece of information:

After you’ve been in the sun and it has worked its magic upon your body, DO NOT JUMP IN THE SHOWER! That’s right. Let that sweaty goodness soak in. Vitamin D forms on the surface of your skin and then needs to be reabsorbed into your body. Allow for a good 45 minutes to an hour to elapse after you get your precious ultra-violet exposure before rising. Being sweaty isn’t the worst thing in the world; you might attract some new friends with your powerful pheromones in the bargain!

A personal story:

My father in law was one of those people who avoided the sun like the plague. His parents both had skin cancer, so they were vigilant that their son not follow in their footsteps. When he began to get sick as an adult, he never imagined that it was something as simple as needing to get his tan on.

He still feels strange about going out in the sun after a lifetime of paranoia, but he takes that time like its a vitamin. His exposure hasn’t completely undone the damage of those years of being Vitamin-D malnourished, but he has noticed an improvement in his mood, digestion and sleep pattern.

Sleep and Sun 

Most people have heard of melatonin- its the ingredient in our skin that determines how light or dark it is n color. People with darker skin have more of it, and people with lighter skin have less. Many people don’t know about the connection between melatonin and sleep!

Melatonin is prescribed as a supplement to help people relax into shuteye. Why does this help? It’s probably because they aren’t getting enough sun during the day, and so their body can’t fully relax at night. Whatever the reason, this supplement helps many people fall asleep.

My proposal is that getting a few minutes of sunshine a day- and not washing it off prematurely- will keep you young, healthy, and allow for better beauty sleep.

Lesson of the day:

Get outside and play!

Ode to Lipids

thank you thank you thank you

for lemon oil in my water

thank you thank you thank you

for lavender oil in air

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for peppermint oil on muscles

thank you thank you thank you

insulating nerves that were bare.


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for fermented cod liver oil

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for high vitamin butter, too.

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for pasture-raised-cow gelatin

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for keeping me well with your dew.


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for heavy cream-based pudding

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for fuel that runs my car running

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for coconut oil at bedtime


this is my new grease on life-

happy, calm and stunning.


love and lipids,