Nutrition and the circadian rhythm

Nutrition and the circadian rhythm

How is it that we never have the energy we'd like to have? Why can't we keep fit even if when we're so careful about what we eat?

The answer is that there's a deep connection between circadian rhythm and nutrition!

If you want to build an ideal diet, you need to go deeper than simply just counting calories or following a list of what to eat and what to exclude.

Writing out an hour-by-hour diet table following the hormonal circadian rhythms will help you to arrange each food by its nutritional and energy properties in a way that is proper and healthy - all following the concept of the 'cronodiet'. It bases the achievement of a proper diet on circadian hormonal rhythms, identifying the phases of the day in which to introject different nutrients.

We'd like to offer you a useful, practical tool to give you the opportunity to start getting familiar with a really powerful approach in terms of wellness results. You'll feel the benefits yourself, and in no time at all, you'll notice some positive changes!

We'd recommend, however, that like all things, you should start by small steps, without immediately upsetting your routine. The mind can handle gradual change, which makes it much less tiring and paradoxically more powerful.

It's worthwhile knowing that:

  • from 12 until 8 pm we are in the appropriation or food-intake cycle
  • from 8 pm until 4 am we are in the assimilation cycle
  • from 4 am until to 12 we are in the elimination cycle

Between 5 am and 7 am, it's time for ... WATER 

Sunlight is full of blue waves that stimulate waking, adrenaline and all the hormones required to get going for the day. All that garbage collected at the end of the night has to be eliminated, so you need water, calmness and love for yourself. Moisturizing your body on an empty stomach is excellent. Morning is a great time to drink. It's also very beneficial to spend time looking after the soul as well as the body and thinking positively.

Our body is engaged in cleaning itself and starting up the engines.

From 5 am to 7 am, the colon needs water in order to do its job properly (eliminate waste every day of the week). This is why, the morning is the best time to drink water, but is also the worst time to have caffeine, which acts as a diuretic by taking water from the colon, transporting it to the kidneys and bladder, and expelling it.

The body therefore needs water in the morning to perform repair and maintenance of the colon and small intestine. This work maintains digestion, normalizes weight and slows down ageing. If you irrigate your system with pure water every morning, your health will improve. If you wait until you have a bowel movement before breakfast, you'll be doing absolutely the healthiest thing for your colon!

Between 7 am and 3 pm, it's time for ... CARBOHYDRATES

Carbohydrates, such as cereals and their derivatives, should be eaten during the first half of the day, for breakfast and lunch (between 7 am and 3 pm), so that cortisone hormones take effect to counteract the action of insulin.

Between 1 pm and 4 pm it is important to have... LUNCH

The main meal of the day should be eaten between 1 pm and 4 pm for thyroid hormones to convert what we eat into energy.

Between 3 pm and 9 pm, it's time for ... PROTEINS

Proteins, such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, should be the food base of dinner, although these should not be eaten together with carbohydrates. It's a good idea to eat them during the evening meal to aid the growth hormones (GH) in doing their work of muscle building.

Oils and fats should be included in every meal but in the right quantity. Unsaturated oils such as extra virgin olive oil, sesame or sunflower oil, organic and cold-pressed and saturated fats such as coconut oil and ghee butter are preferable.

Vegetables must be fresh, in season, and, if cooked, delicate techniques should be used, such as steaming or wok, they should be included in every meal.

Fruit, again fresh and in season, should be consumed between meals and by 6 pm at the latest. As it has an acidifying effect, according to the circadian rhythms of the stomach and spleen/pancreas, it will increase gastric secretion.

Consumption of alcohol, i.e. wine and beer, is not recommended for lunch. However, it is fine for evening meals, since wine especially aids the digestion of proteins.

Devote yourself with total passion to preparing your food. Sit at your table, relax, and chew slowly, with mindfulness and gratitude. Do not underestimate the importance of these final remarks. Yes, you are alive thanks to the spirit and magic that is life. But you are also alive because of the food you eat. Whenever you eat, eat mindfully. You're feeding your life itself, not just filling your stomach!  And remember that what you've cooked and made with your own hands, vibrates with your individual energy. So, make sure it's got good vibes while you're making it!


Elena Ronchi for Nuturally

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