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02-05-2010, 02:23 AM
I'm back and since 14 days I enjoy again the wonderfull feeling of being raw.
But since I started again I've read several articles and listened to a few comments on youtube, that the people eat their last bite before 6pm.
Does someone here in this great forum does this and what are the benefits of it?
You may like to look up Paul Nison, he has a book "The Daylight Diet". He also talks a lot about it on YouTube (there his name is 'TheDurianKing'). *Ü*
02-05-2010, 06:25 AM
I have heard it from more sources than just Paul.
I think that maybe it is a feature of The Blue Zones and some of the Eastern Cultures. It is based on the Chinese belief that the digestive system is at its optimum between 10 AM and 2 PM and that the heaviest foods should be eaten at this time.
I am trying to do this and so far my concession to the rule is that I only eat plain fruit (and mono) after 6.
I do think that it helps you to sleep better and it is a habit that we can all get into (once we get out of the old one).
02-05-2010, 02:58 PM
Eating a lot at night can be a cause of weight gain--at night people aren't doing anything to burn off those calories. Besides dinner, there can be a lot of mindless snacking while watching TV/using the computer at night.
Eating earlier avoids that, and it also gives the digestive tract a chance to rest before breakfast the next day. If your last meal is at 6 PM and you eat breakfast at 6 AM, that's 12 hours between meals. For at least some of that time, your digestive system isn't having to work, or work as much.
02-05-2010, 03:11 PM
I've heard from lots of different people that eating after 6-8 (i guess it depends on your schedule) is unhealthy, that it leads to late night craving and snacking on junk=weight gain. Its a good idea to go to bed with a some what empty stomach so that while you sleep your body can focus on repairing instead of digesting.
For me I like the feeling of waking up really empty and light and I know for me that that can only happen when I don't eat after 730.
02-05-2010, 05:19 PM
I don't eat past 6. Most days it's usually between 4-5pm but that's b/c I go to bed about 8-8:30. I agree with RawSar in wanting to wake up feeling light & empty so for me that means I don't eat usually after 5.
I want my body to be able to heal & repair anything that is going on & bombarding it with food causing it to digest when it needs to be resting isn't allowing it to do that.
02-05-2010, 06:30 PM
I eat when my Body says eat. I generally don't eat when my Body says don't eat. That's MY "diet plan". :)
02-05-2010, 07:26 PM
I prefer not to eat by the clock. Instead I eat by "feel" with a "wind down" period before bed where I don't go to bed hungry but with a little time having elapsed since my last meal before turning in for the night. One of the things I love about being raw is the free and easy feeling I get when I am living simply and in response to my body messages.
02-05-2010, 09:11 PM
Recently I've been doing what EZ Rider does, if I know bed is on the horizon I'll slow to a halt on the eating, to where theres a decent gap between last meal and bed. Maybe leaving a bigger gap can be an every-once-in-a-while thing.
02-05-2010, 09:39 PM
I don't believe food turns to fat at night, or in the validity of the "Daylight Diet". Stopping eating at 6:00pm could be the right thing to do, assuming you go to bed at 9:00pm.
I don't eat for 3 hours before bedtime, because that is what works for me. Since I never go to bed or rest before midnight, I often have dinner at 8:00-9:00pm. That keeps me from snacking after dinner.
The best description of the cycle I feel my body is on, comes from "Fit for Life" by Harvey Diamond.
Noon to 8pm - Appropriation (eating and digestion)
8pm to 4am - Assimilation (absorption and use)
4am to Noon - Elimination (of body wastes and food debris - eat only fruit during this period)
Not saying it is right for every body, just saying it works for me. :)
02-05-2010, 11:08 PM
i dont sleep till like 3am so that would be pretty hard......i think i agree with the threadstarter tho.........
02-06-2010, 04:45 AM
i wonder what paul nison would say about implementing his "daylight diet" here...in the summer its light at 4 am and not fully dark till 11 pm... haha
02-06-2010, 06:12 AM
I think that the point is that your body need to be free to do other things at night and not have to digest food.
Night time is REPAIR TIME.
02-06-2010, 08:23 AM
I don't buy into that too much. Sure - if we didn't have artificial light - we'd pretty much have too. But then our whole life would be in line with it.
I ate much heavier than usual last night - made a phoney veggie stir fry in the D, then DD asked what I was making - she was disappointed that I wasn't making the walnut taco meat.
Well - I had to jump on that y'all should know! Teenagers asking for a raw meal? I'm so on it!
I finished with my veggie cutting popped it all in the D, I didn't have anything for the taco meal - not even the walnuts, but put some sunflower seeds and dried toms to soak and lit out to the store. I needed romaine lettuce as that is what she likes (oh yeah - got her off the iceberg!). Picked up some quac and salsa, came home and made it up - so - I had to try some - ya know????
THEN I had my veggies with a sweet and sour sauce...cause I'd been craving that all day!
I felt stuffed! Yeah - for like 10 minutes.
I mean - it's all raw, digests quickly - isn't that why we do this:D
02-07-2010, 09:26 AM
I graze throughout the day, eating only when I'm hungry. I stop eating by 10:00pm (since I go to bed late, at 1:30am).
02-07-2010, 09:54 AM
yeah sport, sorry, i was mostly just poking fun at paul nison because im annoyed by all his recent non-vegan propaganda blah blah. just because someone is eating an inadequate raw vegan diet DOESNT mean that the solution is to add in animal products, rather, the solution is to find what youre missing and use raw vegan food to fill the gap.
02-07-2010, 11:56 AM
I never expected Paul Nison to be non-vegan. I'm wondering what went wrong for him to feel this way.
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