(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
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 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.
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