"And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat, Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet..."
Who wants an earworm? Sammy Davis Jr singing 'Rhythm of Life'. You're welcome!
We are naturally wired for rhythm. We feel more enegetic in the summer when the sun is high in the sky and less so in winter when it makes but a fleeting appearance. We are more inclined to hunker down and hibernate in winter until there comes a day when we notice snowdrops starting to glimmer and an infintesimal stretch in evening light. Even if we've fully embraced Hygge, the heart lifts a little with the return of longer days and the anticipation of being more active outside.
So there's the external seasonal rhythm which we recognise and can do something about if we want to feel better: S.A.D lamps, sunshine holidays, pyjama days with Netflix...
And there are biologically essential internal rhythms we're maybe not as conscious of: the heart beating, lungs filling with air and emptying, waking and sleeping, digesting and eliminating, the menstrual cycle.
It's the digestive rhythm I want to talk about and specifically how you can use it to help with weight, fatigue, craving carbs, overeating, that 3pm energy dip (and associated biscuit tin raid).
Think of your digestion like a furnace on a timer. It burns low during the night (when your body uses energy for repair and rebuilding), fires up around breakfast time, peaks at noon and again (less powerfully) around 6pm, then starts to die down in the evening in preparation for sleep.
Eating in conjunction with this energetic ebb and flow increases digestive and calorie-burning efficiency. You'll reduce your weight and overeating and increase your energy if you follow this rhythm.
Have a substantial breakfast, eat your main meal at lunchtime, have a smaller evening meal and let your body take care of the rest. Sugar and caffeine are no substitute for aligning yourself with the rhythm of life.