Watching the Clock of Life

Here’s an ancient health secret about life’s timing that modern science is rediscovering…again.

A New York Times article “The Case for a Breakfast Feast” (1) says;

Many of us grab coffee and a quick bite in the morning and eat more as the day goes on, with a medium-size lunch and the largest meal of the day in the evening. However, a growing body of research on weight and health suggests we may be doing it all backward.

A recent review of the dietary patterns of 50,000 adults who are Seventh Day Adventists over seven years provides the latest evidence suggesting that we should front-load our calories early in the day to jump-start our metabolisms and prevent obesity, starting with a robust breakfast and tapering off to a smaller lunch and light supper, or no supper at all.

More research is needed, but a series of experiments in animals and some small trials in humans have pointed in the same direction, suggesting that watching the clock, and not just the calories, may play a more important role in weight control than previously acknowledged.

The article explains that the American Heart Association endorsed the principle that timing of meals may help reduce risk factors for heart disease. The group issued a scientific statement emphasizing that skipping breakfast is linked to a higher risk of obesity and diabetes.

The study found that breakfast eaters tended to keep their weight down.

The article recognized that because Seventh Day Adventists, as a whole, are unusually healthy, do not smoke, tend to abstain from alcohol and eat less or no meat, the study is not conclusive.

The suggestion, however, is clear:  A person eating the identical meal at different times of day might deposit more fat after an evening meal than a morning meal.

This concept is nothing new.

Many ancient health sciences break everyday into two sets of cycles that relate to the natural rhythms of our being.

These cycles relate to our movement (air), our physical being (water) and our digestive sensory processes (fire).

The difference between the old ways and the new research is that the biggest meal of the day is lunch, eaten at noon.

Go beyond weight loss and think good overall health.

I suspect that a study comparing big breakfast, smaller lunch, light dinner versus medium breakfast, bigger lunch, light dinner will find that the second option promotes better health.

In the morning the digestive fires are not fully burning.  Eating too much at breakfast leaves undigested food and creates more toxicity than a routine that favors lunch as the main meal of the day.

Here is the essence of the ancient concepts that promote timing of the life cycle:

2am to 6am:  Air Cycle. This is time to start the wake up process. The mind is light, active and this is a good time to think, multi task and learn.

6am to 10am:  Water Cycle. Strength is increased. This is a perfect time to do physical activity…(with no injuries and yet a better workout).

10am to 2pm:  Fire Cycle. This is the time for digestion. High noon is the best time for the main meal of the day.

2pm to 6pm:  Air Cycle. The mind is light and active again. Study and do mental work.

6pm to 10pm:  Water Cycle. If you eat a heavy evening meal, this cycle will digest it. However if your evening meal is early and light, your digestive system will be ready to purify the pressures of the day.  If the body does not have to digest a heavy meal, this second fire cycle acts like an oven cleaner and burns up stresses and toxicities gained during the day, thus insuring a body that is not overweight.

10pm to 2am:  Fire Cycle. Best time for deepest sleep and a cleansing so we can start the wake up process and rise with a light and active body, mind and spirit.

These cycles are based on nature’s rhythm and increase the odds of  good health.


(1) The case for a breakfast feast

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