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"Eating for your circadian rhythm"

Saturday, January 08, 2011

So, as a career insomniac, I've done research over time about brain chemistry and how it all works together. Always looking for new thoughts, new ideas, new things to try. I may have just struck gold.

A few days ago, I ran across a website about eating to support your circadian rhythm. It stated that the best way to support your body's three stages was to eat only fruit before noon, take you meals between noon and 8pm, and fast from 8pm until morning (again eating only fruit after 8pm if needed, as fruit does not stress your digestive system the same way other foods do).

I've been doing this for several days, and combined with what I'm eating and when, I may have struck on an AWESOME combination.

I. feel. great.

I've had a banana within about 1.5 hours of waking up every morning, and an apple sometime after that whenever I wanted it. Then at noon, another piece of fruit (a pear), one protein source, and one whole grain source. At 3:30pm, a handful of almonds (25 whole), and then just after work, another small protein-focused snack, then whatever for dinner. I haven't quite made the 8pm cut-off yet, but I can feel that something is working.


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    Interesting eating pattern!
    725 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I read if you have Insomnia to go to bed every single night at the same time. Turn off all lights and wear a sleep mask to make sure it is dark. Use ear plugs if there is any noises that can awaken you. NEVER turn the lights on or get out of bed. Don't drink anything after about 6 PM so you don't have to get up and go to the bathroom. Never listen to music or turn on a TV or get out of bed, even if you lay in bed all night long and remain awake. The doctor said that IF you fall asleep you will be IN BED and people make the mistake of getting up. Also, don't eat hot spicy foods in the evening or drink any caffeine drinks. Use meditation to relax. Have sex before bed if that is a way for a particular person to relax or take a warm bath. Get a foot massage before bed.
    Never NAP during the day if you don't sleep at night. emoticon
    2390 days ago
    Tofu pie = my current addiction. Made with love by the cafe of my local organic store. Ingredients: Mori Nu firm silken tofu, soy margarine, Mori Nu pudding mix (vanilla or chocolate), vanilla extract, almond granola crust.

    le sigh.
    2624 days ago
    What is this vanilla tofu pie?! I wanna try to make that!

    Also: Roaste asparagus 4tw!
    2624 days ago
    @HappyPatty - definitely. Not eating enough is NEVER my issue. 1500-1700 is my "happy place". For instance, Saturday:

    Breakfast (9am) ~ banana, apple
    Lunch (1pm) ~ 1/2 can of red beans in a whole grain flax wrap, fresh pear
    Snack ~ Whole wheat pita, garlic hummus
    Snack ~ 1 slice of vanilla tofu pie w/granola crust
    Dinner ~ 20 small asparagus spears drizzled with olive oil, roasted, Boca chik'n patty and bar-b-q sauce in a whole grain roll

    Totally happy, about 1500 kcal, super high carbs and low fat that day though (it bounces back and forth), protein over 60g.

    Still feeling awesome!
    2624 days ago
    But are you eating enough, darlin? Your description seems sparse...
    2625 days ago
  • MAGPIE17
    Glad to hear that this is working for you so far!
    2625 days ago
    Sounds very interesting -- I've just been experimenting with a light box to tweak the circadian cycles during the long dark nights of winter. Also seems to be helping!!
    2626 days ago
    LOL! Yup, I'm here.

    So far, I feel REALLY good with this eating style. I'm on day 5.
    2626 days ago
    So I just read an "" article on this topic, and I'm really honestly interested in trying it just to see what happens.
    2626 days ago
    Steph-- you're alive!
    2626 days ago
    Ha, I knew your posts about sleep were coming from SOMEWHERE. I may have to try this. I loves me some fruits.
    2626 days ago
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