Eat nature’s way

Listen to Dr Sam Nishanth

11thSep 23 • 05 Min and 12 Sec

Stay in tune with nature’s clock! By aligning our meals with nature’s rhythms, we tap into our body’s innate wisdom and set the stage for optimal health and vitality.

Transcript

We are all mortals who want to improve our health and well-being with simple things without hassle, but what is the right advice? Is it Trying Turmeric? Or Befriending Nature? Or Switching to whole fruits? Welcome to the Optimists podcast, I’m Dr Priyanka, and this is “One Simple Thing.” Here you will learn just one thing to improve your health in ways you might not expect.

Today, we’re diving into a captivating topic that uncovers a fascinating correlation about how aligning our food intake with the ebb and flow of nature can take our health to a whole new level. So, get comfy, and let’s embark on this enlightening journey!

Have you ever stopped to consider how our ancestors seemed to understand nature’s rhythms intuitively? Well, it turns out there’s more to it than meets the eye. Our bodies have an internal clock known as the circadian rhythm, which regulates various physiological processes, including when we feel awake and hungry. Think of it as your body’s maestro, conducting everything from sleep patterns to meal timings.

Just like the sun rises and sets, our bodies have distinct peaks and troughs in hormone production and metabolic activity. Historically, humans relied on the sun’s cues to determine when to be active and when to rest, aligning their eating habits with these patterns. And guess what? We can tap into this ancient wisdom to revitalize our digestion, amplify nutrient absorption, and even manage our weight more effectively.

Let’s start our culinary journey at the crack of dawn – breakfast! It’s not just a meal; it’s like a morning hug for your metabolism. Imagine this after a night of rest; your body is like a car engine, needing fuel to rev up. By having a balanced breakfast within an hour or so of waking up provides your body with essentials rich in fibre, protein, and healthy fats and is like giving it the VIP pass to an energy-packed day. Not only will you start your day with a bang, but you’ll also shield yourself from those pesky mid-morning munchies.

Now, let’s stroll into the heart of the day when the sun soars high – lunchtime. The zenith of your energy deserves a meal that matches its grandeur. Welcome to your body’s VIP session, where you summon the Avengers of nutrition: complex carbs, lean proteins, and a parade of veggies. Together, they team up to give you sustained energy, mental clarity, and that oh-so-important fullness, so you can conquer the day like the superhero you are! Remember, this meal isn’t just about satisfying your hunger; it’s about maintaining a steady energy level and productivity throughout the day. 

As the sun paints the sky with its golden hues and twilight approaches, it’s time for the curtain call – dinner. Now, let’s be savvy about this inner can be a starlit affair, but here’s the catch: eating a heavy meal right before bed can be like inviting a marching band into your bedroom. Instead, opt for an early dinner, allowing your body to waltz through digestion before lights out. Not only will this gift you with peaceful slumber, but it’ll also help you maintain your weight management goals.

But what about those moments between meals when the tummy grumbles? Can snacks play a role in syncing with nature’s clock? Fear not! Snacking can be like the interlude between meals – a mini-adventure that keeps your energy flowing. But how do we do it right?

The key is choosing nutrient-dense options. Think nutrient-packed mini-meals that complement your main acts. The lineup includes fruits, nuts, yoghurt, and veggies – the trusty sidekicks that rescue you from the slump and keep your metabolism humming between the main acts!

And there you have it; by aligning our meals with these rhythms, we tap into our body’s innate wisdom and set the stage for optimal health and vitality. So, as you indulge in each meal, remember that your plate is a canvas, a masterpiece of well-being. By harmonizing with these rhythmic cues, you’re not just eating; you’re composing a symphony of wellness, energy, and vitality. Isn’t that a beautiful way to think about it?

So if this is not one thing you are already doing, then do give it a try! Your health, vitality, and overall well-being are eagerly waiting to be upgraded. Until we meet again, stay curious, stay healthy, and stay attuned to the timeless rhythm of nature!

That’s one thing to include in your daily routine for improving your body and life. Join me next TimeTime on “One simple thing” for a better tomorrow.