Eric Bakker ND (abbreviated from Eric’s book The Permanent Yeast Solution)
One of the most important measures we can take to significantly improve our internal environment is “meal reversal”, meaning larger meal for breakfast (king) medium sized meal for lunch (prince) and a smaller meal for dinner (like a pauper). I have seen countless patients improve on this regime where many other suggestions or treatments to improve their overall health failed. And so simple and commonsensical! But remember, common sense is not so common in medicine, we always like to think how clever and scientific we are about health and disease when in fact we know absolutely bugger all about how the mind and body function. Your body, like everything else in nature, is designed to work in a time-pattern. This pattern was first discovered (in the Western world, the Chinese knew this thousands of years ago) by Professor Kurt Richter, the well known American bio-psychologist who died in 1989 aged ninety four. Dr. Richter discovered in 1927 the bio-rhythym principle that governs body function. A whole new science has grown from his early work now known as “bio-chronology”. By understanding bio-chronology, we learn that our body runs on a “body clock” and that by understanding the gastrointestinal peak times and troughs we can significantly improve our digestion and health in general.
Stomach –The peak performance of your stomach is between 7.00 – 9.00am, so by including plenty of proteins in your breakfast at this time, you will ensure a more complete breakdown of foods rather than eating loads of heavy proteins at your evening meal. Your stomach’s activity peaks early in the day and slowly tapers off until mid afternoon. This includes the digestive tract and most organs in general. Most people have a bowel motion on rising (the large intestine is most active from 5.00 – 7.00am) and the excretion of motions is further enhanced by the stomach’s activity a few hours later (if you eat breakfast, that is), increasing peristalsis which is a fancy word used in medicine to describe the contractions of your large bowel which help propel motions through it.
Small intestine – The peak performance time of the small bowel is between 1.00 – 3.00pm, so as you can see it pays to eat your protein load like a king in the morning, like a prince at lunch and like a pauper with your evening meal. Most of your protein digestion and absorption occurs from about 7.00 am until 3.00pm. That is not to suggest that no protein digestion occurs at other times, it is just more concentrated between these hours. I suggest some protein with lunch, but not as much and a lighter grade than with breakfast. I personally prefer eggs with breakfast and fish or a small amount of red meats along with lunch. For dinner I suggest that you eat la lighter protein meal like fish or chicken and also tofu, lentils, and beans or perhaps quinoa.
Large intestine –Your colon is most active very early in the morning between the hours of 5.00 – 7.00am. This is the time you want to make a bee line for the bathroom in general, have you noticed? This is a good time to drink plenty of water as well.