Saturday, September 19, 2020

Do You Know the Body’s Three Daily Digestive Cycles?


I remember reading sometime ago about the body’s three natural daily digestive cycles. When I first read about them, it made sense, but still seemed a bit odd. Maybe it was true, but I certainly had not noticed it…

So I put it in the back of my mind.

Well, the concept has been churning through my mind in the last few days because of an event that triggered the memory. I’ll tell you about it in a minute.

For those of you who don’t know these cycles, the body is supposed to have three daily digestive cycles (whether you eat all raw food or not):

  1. Elimination;
  2. Appropriation; and
  3. Assimilation

Elimination is between 4 AM and 12 PM. This is the body’s time to heal; time to push out toxins and cleanse. Most of us are sleeping during the first half of this time and starting our day the second half.

I have to admit, that for the last year, I’ve noticed that I usually do not get hungry until noon, no matter what time I slept the night before. As a side note, I definitely remember never being hungry in the mornings when I was younger while being coerced to eat cereal and toast for breakfast…

Appropriation is basically eating food. This second cycle is from 12 PM and 8 PM, the time when a large percentage of us eat all or most of our food. Makes sense.

Last is assimilation: 8 PM to 4 AM. This is when your body is starting to assimilate (or draw nutrients from) the food you ate during the day. This happens as our bodies and minds begin to wind down. During this time most of us prepare for sleep and have the first half of our nightly rest.

Here’s the event that re-triggered this concept for me:

Last week I was up at about 4 AM after sleeping for a while. I just could not sleep. I got really hungry and had something heavy. Oh man, the food sat so hard in my stomach that I was convinced that it didn’t digest. It really offset the whole day for me.

Have you found this to be true?

Notice it during the next couple days. See if these cycles hold true for you.

It’s important to really “listen” and “hear” what our bodies are telling us throughout the day. Our bodies are always trying to communicate to us. This is an essential skill in learning when and when we should not eat.

Do you know the difference between hunger and appetite? It can be very subtle if you’ve never paid attention to your body.

Try this: the next time you get really hungry for something you know you don’t want to eat, wait about an hour. If the hunger goes away, you experienced appetite, not true hunger.

We are curious to hear your results and feedback.

– Justin

Always seeking to improve our lives, my wife Heidi and I were led to try Macrobiotics, then moved to a cooked food vegan diet, and finally found raw food in 2004. By starting 100% Raw Food!, we hope to make ourselves accountable to the world at large and become public raw foodists. We had been struggling with the raw food lifestyle since 2004 and needed to do something drastic to make sense of our choice. By starting this blog in August 2006, we've been able to eat a mostly or all raw food diet, all of the time. Early in 2010 we announced the changes to our personal diets and philosophy behind our Raw Food blog posts along with Heidi. It is our hope that with this blog, we can help inspire those interested in living healthier lifestyles to make their journey more easy and enjoyable instead of complicated and dogmatic. Instead of preaching an "all-raw" diet, we strive to only give you the best of what the raw food movement has to offer.

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