How to Live and Eat according to the Sun [Book Review Mark Bunn’s “Ancient Wisdom of Modern Health”]

After reading the book ” Ancient Wisdom of Modern Health” from Mark Bunn I decided to recap his interesting view of how to eat and live according to the sun and Ayurveda. In his book he describes that our body is aligned according to nature and the rhythm of the sun. How this works and how it affected me here…

How you should eat according to the sun

1. Eat a light breakfast, if you are hungry at all
2. The best time for exercise is between 6 am and 8 am
3. For lunch eat as much as you like, but it needs to be between 12 pm and 2 pm
4. Between 2 pm and 6 pm it is time for the afternoon tea or a ” Siesta”
5. Do not exercise after 7 pm
6. Best dinner time is between 6 pm and 10 pm and should be light
7. Go to bed before 10 pm


The best time of the day to exercise

it’s between 6 and 8 am as this is when the body finished doing its cleaning and repairing work during the night and helps your digestion to get into gear for breakkie. It is recommended not to do any exercise after 7 pm as your body usually needs to prepare itself to get ready for bed and the stimuli that is created from exercise interrupts your body to do so.


The Best Time to eat Lunch

According to Mark Bunn the best time for eating lunch should between 12 PM and 2 pm because this aligns with the sun as it burns the strongest during this time and therefore our body is also burning food the most at this time. So, eat up and big time, if you like because your body performs at its best during these hours.


The Best Time of the Afternoon Tea or a “Siesta”

Between 2pm and 6 pm it is time for the afternoon tea or  a ” Siesta” (lucky Italians, Spaniels and Portuguese!). You may feel like to have a catnap and/or have something sweet. This is because your body is telling you that it craves to rest but if you are not able to rest, as you are working at that time, it asks for energy food. It is important to not grab the next chocolate bar or muffin and coffee, but instead opt to healthier options such as herbal tea and some fruit. It is packed with vitamins, fiber and lots of energy.




The Best Time to Eat Dinner

The best time is from 6pm to 10 pm because this is when the suns goes down and so does our body clock and digestive system. In other words meals should only be very light and in small amounts, rather than having large meals before going to bed. The reason behind this is, that your body works it’s magic in repairing its cells and unwanted bacteria between 10pm and 2am. So, when you have a large meal before going to bed your body concentrates on digesting your food instead of concentrating on replenishing and repairing itself.


Why we should be asleep by 10pm

The reason as to why we should be asleep by latest 10 pm is so that your body can do its magic. The later you go to bed the less it can work on itself. When we do go to bed by latest 10 pm we should wake up automatically when the sun rises between 6-7 am without an alarm and we should be feeling pretty fit to get up.


My Experience to Live according to the Sun

I tried to live according to Marks book whilst living in Sydney because here we naturally ate bigger lunches but very small dinners and it worked pretty well. I was always sleepy by latest 10 pm and I really woke up around 7 am with no alarm or a groggy feeling! That was amazing because every time I went later to bed I also woke up much later and this usually got me off on the wrong foot. I felt drowsy and sleepy for much longer in the mornings.

But when we travelled to Asia we changed the time of day we ate because it was way too hot to eat big during lunch and small during dinner. So, we basically changed the eating patterns according to the weather and ate light for lunch and ate big for dinner and went to bed much later and woke up also later. But this happened because during the day it was just too hot! Did I feel worse? No, as the weather really dictated our patters and behaviors.


The inspiration and resource from the book from Mark Bunn was a great read as he has great tips and thoughts about health, food, exercise and reconnecting with nature in conjunction with our modern lifestyle. It certainly gave you a different approach to health and some of his tips I still try to do such as light Dinners or going to sleep before 10pm, that is if my lifestyle allows for it 🙂



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