Solar Nutrition

Solar nutrition is in essence a way of eating that corresponds to the times of day and movements of the planets and the Sun. This is a bit wordy but it’s actually more intuitive that it initially sounds.


Just as important as what you eat is when you eat it. Solar nutrition is a way to eat more naturally and in tern reduce stress and lends you the energy of the sun.


Atom Bergstrom Solar Nutrition

Atom Bergstrom is one of the most well known figures in the field of solar nutrition (all be it not the most well known field). Bergstrom is a doctor who studied 13 years with Adano Ley, the nutritionist responsible for revitalizing this ancient concept.

Modernized by Swami Nityananda Saraswati, also known as Adano Ley, who said, “Eat your way to butterflyhood.” Solar nutrition uses the Chinese philosophy to synchronize your biological time clock to meet the needs of different organs in your body at different times of day. Fruits and nuts in the morning, grains and vegetables in the day and mushrooms and root vegetables in the night.

The movement of the sun and pull of the moon effect everything in nature from the tides to our own bodies and sleeping patterns, so going along these lines it seems only natural to eat in a way that is a-tuned to the rhythm of the sun.


Sun Synch Nutrition

Five Laws of Solar Nutrition

  1. A little of anything is medicine for the system, too much is toxic: Confucius
  2. There is a time, a place, a season for everything: Solomon
  3. Live to eat in order to get sick.
  4. Live to eat in order not to get sick.
  5. Live to eat in order to live not to eat.

Not sure I really understand the 3rd law but the rest ring true for me so here ya go.




foods that receive and absorb solar energy during the morning hours.



Food Groups:

Fruits that grow on trees, nuts & seeds.


They recommend that soaked almonds be the first thing you eat in the morning as apparently it sets the hydrochloric acid levels in your stomach for the day.

I also love to begin the day with warm water with lemon, which offers an abundance of immune benefits from vitamin C and antioxidants.



Meal Inspiration:

-Prunes, persimmons & banannas.

-Apples, apricots & peaches.

-Dates, raisins dried apricots & cranberries.

-Solar coffee (from the arabica bean) add cacao and maple to set a positive hormone balance throughout the day.

-Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds


Easy enough for me to incorporate into my diet as nuts, berries and dried fruits are all some of my favorite foods and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I also don’t see any harm in using these foods in a more breakfasty meal, they would make perfect chai, vegan yogurt or smoothie bowl topping or paired with pancakes or toast if it’s the weekend.


foods that receive and absorb the solar energy during the afternoon hours



Food Groups:

-Healthy grains

-Vegetables that grow above ground

-Seeds that come from plants rather than high reaching trees

-Beans and legumes

-Animal products


Meal Inspiration:

-Brown rice, quinoa & bulgar

-Tofu, miso & soy sauce

-Arugula, spinach & beet greens


-Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame & fennel

-Black beans, lentils & chickpeas

-Cauliflower, broccoli & corn

-Bread of any grain expect proceed white flour

-Cheeses, yogurt and dairy (from a sustainable source)


-Berries (apparently best eaten in the late afternoon)

-Same goes for melons

As for oils they recommend cold-pressed or expeller pressed



Foods that absorb the solar energy during the evening hours




Food Groups:

-Root vegetables

-Anything that grows below ground really


Ideas & meal inspiration:

-Artichoke, asparagus & beets

-Carrots, celery & ginger

-Garlic & onion

-Yams, potatoes & mushrooms



Anytime of day

Herbal teas, honey, apple cider vinegar and brown rice.


Foods to avoid

Prohibited felt like too strong of a word, and besides I think this should all be taken as guidelines anyways. Your body intuitively knows what it needs and each persons needs are effected by their beliefs, feelings and unique physical composition.

Meat and cheese (eaten together), melted cheese, black pepper (not sure why?) popcorn with hulls (hmm), carbonated beverages, and deep fried foods.



Hope you guys found this post helpful, or at least inspiring and entertaining. If you’re interested in more specifics Dr Suzanne Joy S Stuart  offers a great post, and a PhD in naturopathic health to back it up.


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