Posted March 15, 2018

“Meal Timing” is a simplistic way to refer to something much more primal, much deeper in the
fabric of what it means to be human, a human animal, and that is the flow, pulse and meter of
the rhythms of nature.

All of nature moves in rhythms, with cycles and patterns that repeat every day.

For example, every day without fail, the sun rises, gets higher in the sky, and then begins to set.

The next morning, the same thing happens.

There is a cycle, a rhythm, a routine to Mother Nature.

To have the most digestive power and the strongest metabolism, we humans must connect
meal times to the cycles, rhythms and routines of nature.

As animals in nature, the more connected we are to nature’s inherent tempo, the more we are
supporting and growing our metabolic power.

Let’s look at the rhythms of the body throughout the day and how they are intimately tied to the
rhythms of nature.

In The Morning:
• The sun rises.
• Body temperature begins to rise.
• Metabolism is “waking up”.
• This is why every health expert in the world recommends eating breakfast – because your
metabolism is “waking up”.

When you eat breakfast, you’re stoking your metabolic fire by adding food, nutrients, to your gut.
The gut processes the food, metabolism roars and the energy created fuels you through your
morning.

Without breakfast, or fuel in your furnace, your metabolism thinks, “oh okay, I guess you don’t
need me,” and slows down…. Which is the opposite of what we want it to do.

Between 12pm and 2pm:
• Body temperature has a slow and steady rise until it reaches it’s peak at noon, coordinated
perfectly with when the sun has hit it’s peak in the sky.
• That’s why our digestive power is said to be “hottest” at lunchtime.
• Medical traditions like Ayurveda believe that lunch should be the biggest meal of the day.

Between 2pm and 5pm:
• Blood flow and oxygen is re-routed to the digestive system after lunch.
• Body temperature dips, causing afternoon sleepiness.
● This is why many people in Latin American and European countries take a siesta at this
time.
● Rest periods of 20-30 minutes in this time period have shown to increase cognitive
function, physical performance, mood and energy.

Between 4pm and 6pm:
• Body temperature rises slightly again and most people will feel a “second wind”.
• Good time to eat a small supper, as higher body temperature helps digestion.

9pm and After:
• Body temperature takes another downward turn, preparing the body for sleep.
• Eating a big meal at this time is not advised, as it will raise body temperature and interfere with
high-quality sleep.
• After 10:00 pm the body is working to detoxify.
● If you eat after 10:00 pm, the food may cause toxins to accumulate in the system, and as
a result the next day you wake up tired.

To sum it up:

breakfast:  eat moderate meal.  I personally like to have lemon water and a herbal tea and wait until the sun starts coming up

lunch:  should be the largest meal with the sun at its highest point.

mid afternoon:  eat very very light.  Take time to relax.  Go outside get some sun.  Sit and breath and relax.  This is what your body needs.

Dinner:  Should be your smallest meal.  Sun is setting.

After 8pm:  you should start your fast.

Wait at least 2 hours after eating to go to bed but 3 is better.

Now keep in mind I know this is a very traditional way of eating.  BUT I feel we are starting to get back to this.  Try to stick to it as much as possible.  The only thing that would alter this is a workout.  If you are working out at 6pm you need to eat but  you still need to wait at least 3 hours before you go to bed so you aren’t sleeping with a stomach full of food.

If we become more in tune with natures flow, are bodies will show gratitude.  You will have more energy and see changes in body composition.  You will start feeling more aware of your body mentally and physically.   If you want more information on this click here to schedule a time to chat!  Become part of my tribe by subscriber to my newsletter and get more great stuff that will help you improve your health!

To your health,

Carmen Shawn