Time Restricted Eating
There is a new book on the market called the Circadian Code which features restricted eating, only this time restricted has the word time in front of it. So the circadian code is to do with your circadian rhythm and the importance of sleep on the body and mind. This author suggests that biological rhythms are present in all life forms and that our day to day habits are based on these biological rhythms. Because these rhythms are innate in all of us he makes the suggestion that all of our bodily functions are all under the control of these specific rhythms, meaning that we are all the same rhythmically.
His conclusion is; there is no such thing as a night owl because our rhythms are based in day light time. Those who believe that they have a natural rhythm of staying up late have actually practiced that way of being and it is a bi-product of too many lights, too much caffein, and late night eating. Our health is impacted by not listening to the rhythms of the body because by listening to our natural rhythmic way of being our body already knows the best way to live.
So what is time restricted eating? Well, it consists of eight hours during the day in which eating is acceptable. The reason is because digestion has its own unique rhythm and if food is consumed outside of that natural period of time it will just sit in the stomach and cause imbalance. Also is suggested a time restriction in regards to exercise. He suggests morning and afternoon activity are best suited because they relate to when it is we were hunters and gatherers.
So, what is the perfect day? Based on your circadian rhythm?
There is a number of no-no’s too, because if you have noticed based upon the perfect day, there is definitely no snacking going on there. There is also no oversleeping and no staying up late. Now, if you do happen to like eating late then it is important to give your stomach a break by fasting twelve to thirteen hours before your next meal. The walking in the morning is suggested as the best antidote for those that suffer from depression and fatigue, to do with a sedentary lifestyle which contributes to imbalance to our natural rhythms creating a negative feedback loop, especially when missing the morning light.
The difficulty with missing daily light requirements can also have an impact on seasonal affective disorder because of the decrease in light during the winter during the day. It is important to be able to maintain proper light balance to absorb as much sun rays throughout the day by taking off your sunglasses. The early to bed philosophy will cut back on too much light in the evening, which if you have too much light at night, also hinders sleep. Good sleep creates good chemical balance in the brain, curbing depression, anxiety, and stress which is also related to insomnia.
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