The high energy daily diet

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Energy Food(NaturalHealth365) If you’re looking for high energy from your daily food – it would help to look at the past for some guidance. Our ancestors had a lifestyle that was built around survival in a dangerous environment where food was scarce at times. This lifestyle was highlighted by certain features that included dietary and working habits.

Our ancestors were very active during daylight hours hunting and gathering. During the nighttime hours, they feasted when food was plentiful. The nervous system has developed to keep kinetic energy systems high during daylight hours – while digestive and recovery systems are prioritized at night. Meal planning should revolve around the natural congruency of the bodies neurological systems for optimal physical energy, digestion and immunity.

Daytime vs. nighttime energy systems

Daytime hours were very important for travel, building shelters and finding food sources. The tribesman stayed at the camp during the nighttime hours for shelter and safety from wild animals. The daytime hours saw high energy expenditure that is characterized by the human sympathetic nervous system.

The nighttime hours were a time of relaxation and feasting characterized by the human parasympathetic nervous system. This system also enhances the desire to reproduce and allows for restorative sleep, tissue healing and repair. Certain types of foods work well with the sympathetic nervous system while others are congruent with the parasympathetic nervous system.

The ideal daytime nutrition

Foods that work in harmony with the body during daylight hours include raw fruits and vegetables as well as liquids and fast absorbing proteins. Raw fruits and non-starchy vegetables consist primarily of simple carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrient anti-oxidants. These foods are very easy on the digestive system and take very little digestive juices and enzymes.

Juiced veggies or liquid nutrition such as coconut, hemp and almond milk are very easy on the digestive system as well. Coconut is the best source of fat during the daytime hours because it is composed of primarily medium-chain saturated fats that do not depend on bile production to metabolize effectively. The good fats in coconut products take away hunger by naturally stimulating feelings of satiety.

The best daytime proteins

The best daytime proteins are those which are fast absorbing and put minimal stress on the bodies digestive system. This includes vegetable juices, sprouted seeds and algae such as chlorella and spirulina. The best animal proteins include fermented, undenatured dairy sources like amasai, kefir, & yogurt from grass-fed animals. High quality, non-denatured whey protein from grass-fed animals is a phenomenal whole-food supplement during the day due to its fast absorption and amino acid bioavailability.

The best nighttime nutrition

Foods that work in harmony with the body during nighttime hours are warmer, thicker and hardier. The body is in no need for physical exertion and can shunt more energy into the digestive processes. This is a great time for cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or Brussels sprouts that digest more effectively when they are lightly steamed or sautéed.

High quality proteins and thicker fats that depend on adequate bile to be metabolized are eaten at night. This would include grass-fed beef, wild-game, organic eggs, free-range poultry, & wild-fish. Raw cheese, organic eggs, nuts and seeds are great fat-protein combinations that supply great long lasting amino acid release that keeps the body in an anabolic phase of healing and repair through the nighttime hours. All of these proteins depend on lots of stomach acid, bile (if they are fatty), and proteolytic enzymes to metabolize effectively.

Enzyme loading the body

The body works best when it can store these enzymes and acids for a 16-24 hour period . Ideally, one large meal per day at night when the body has begun relaxing and the parasympathetic nervous system is turned on works best on the digestive system. Ideally, some raw, fermented veggies, coconut kefir, or apple cider vinegar should either be used before this large evening meal or during the meal to supply extra enzymes and microorganisms that aid in digestion.

Starchy grains are acceptable in the evening in small quantities. The best starches to use include sweet potato, squash, brown rice, quinoa, or millet. This is especially useful for athletes who are extremely active and practicing, training or competing for over 90 minutes in a day.

Raw cheese is an ideal anabolic fuel source

Raw cheese from 100 percent, grass-fed animals that do not contain beta casein A1 are a phenomenal nighttime calorie source. These cheeses contain high quality omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – to support neurological development. They also contain enormous amounts of conjugated linoleic acid that boosts metabolism and enhances immunity.

The protein quality of the beta casein A2 is very high in raw cheese due to the enzymes and probiotics that are present due to the fermentation process.

Raw cheese is also rich in branched chain amino acids including leucine. Leucine keeps the body in an anabolic mode and helps build muscle and improve protein synthesis within the cells. This process enhances strength and endurance for optimal recovery from stress.

Here’s a list of morning-daytime food

Clean water with fresh squeezed lemon

Herbal Tea

Berries, coconut milk, cinnamon, non-denatured whey protein

Amasai, kefir, or yogurt

Small amounts of raw cheese

Raw fruit and vegetable juices

Try a small amounts of raw fruit such as, (1) apple, orange, or grapefruit. A handful of berries, cherries, or grapes are great as well. Anything with a thin skin should be organic.

Eat raw veggies such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, & bok choy – along or with small amounts of guacamole, hummus, avocado or almond butter.

Make a salad with a light amount of olive oil.

Small handful of raw nuts, sprouted seeds, or soaked nuts.

Cacao and raw chocolate may be consumed in small amounts, as they naturally enhance sympathetic nervous system activity and stimulate energy.

Here’s a list of evening or “end of work day” food

100 percent, grass-fed beef, bison, lamb, or goat

Organic chicken, turkey, & duck

Organic, “cage-free” eggs

Steam up some veggies such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, beets, carrots, etc.

Fresh salad with extra-virgin olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon.

Raw cheese

Raw nuts, sprouted seeds and soaked nuts

Late night snack ideas

It’s best not have anything late at night. If you are hungry – having something with high quality proteins and fats that is easy on the digestive system is best such as:

Small piece of raw cheese

Handful of raw nuts

Or, coconut milk and non-denatured whey protein powder

About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.

References:
http://www.naturalnews.com/033934_protein_muscle_growth.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/037607_enzymes_digestion_nutrient_assimilation.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/036113_antioxidants_energy_supplements.html

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  • Yaelah

    Follow this advice for morning food and you are well on the way to destroy your digestive system. The body needs warm foods, especially in the morning. Eating the recommended cold food hinders the digestive heat like pouring ice over fire. These recoomended foods can only be consumed during the day carefully and attentively (never in cold weather) in between meals or together with other warm foods. Ask the billions of people who live in the far east – they would never touch any of these recommended foods in the morning.

  • Sandra D

    As usual, the media has tried to make us believe just the opposite–that we shouldn’t eat a big meal at night. Finally, I find confirmation in what I have believed all along–how our ancestors (not tribal ones–but Grandparents who lived on small farms)lived and ate and they ate a large meal at the dinner hour.

    Digestion is very hard work for our systems, and eating light during the day and a heavier meal at night, when you have time to rest, is the best for us.

    Go back to the old ways and stop listening to the lamestream media, which tries to convince us the old ways are bad.

  • John

    Great article as always. There is one problem that people need to become aware of and that is ALL ALMONDS, especially the ones grown in California are loaded with ASBESTOS! This high asbestos issue from almonds and most other nuts grown in California, except Walnuts, are high in asbestos. ALL Autistic children, Alzheimer patients, cancer tumors (especially breast cancer) are loaded with asbestos. The combination of mercury & asbestos is devastating to the body.

    In today’s world, we are faced with a crisis for humanity that has never been experienced by any culture in the world. Most of the problems can be attributed to man and man’s arrogance. To believe we can create products, food, etc. that is superior to what God provided us with is simply ludicrous. May God have mercy on our ignorance.

  • John

    One more comment on this article. It is very common to believe that what we eat is the key to healthy life. Yes, it is important to eat healthy food, no question, but the most important issue is to determine if your organs are working properly to allow good digestion and assimilation of foods you eat. The most healthy foods, no matter when consumed, can be damaging to the body if the organs are not working correctly.

    All this talk about metabolic typing is nothing more than an evaluation of the organ efficiencies. Herbivores do NOT make HCL in their stomachs for digestion! If they eat meat, it is devastating to their health! Cows make a small amount of HCL in their 4th stomach to sanitize and has nothing to do with digesting their food. If a person makes very little HCL, they will not tolerate meat well and be classified as a vegetable eater in the typing scenario. If they take a supplement of cellular resonant HCL, they will do very well when eating meat.

    It’s frustrating for me to see many of these health articles talking about various diets, foods, etc. without even considering the person’s ability to process those foods. Understanding nutritional deficiencies is far more than what is being consumed. A very, very good example of this is people who take antacids or calcium carbonate (in many things including vitamin supplements) destroy their body’s ability to absorb Chromium in the Kidneys. The pancreas uses Chromium as it’s primary mineral to be healthy. A deficiency of this trace element causes the pancreas to get sick, not function well and 95% of all digestive enzymes made in the body is made in the pancreas. You can eat huge amounts of chromium, but if the kidneys cannot process it, you create a deficiency not only in chromium, but the reciprocal mineral to chromium, selenium! These issues need to be brought up to people before any discussion of what foods to eat when so a meaningful understanding can be achieved.

  • ANNE EWAN

    Does this not fly in the face of the advice to eat breakfast like a king and supper like a pauper? That digestion shuts down at night along with metabolism slowing down, or are we talking best to eat early in the evening. Between what hours are best? I would like to see lots of research now on the best time to eat as this seems to be quite contradictory… I am more than a little confused,feeling that the goal posts keep moving. Clarify undisputable research please. We really need to know once and for all the specifics as to what is correct.