Human beings have been on the planet for more than two million years. Back then, our hunter-gather ancestors did not wake up to a ready-made meal. Most of the morning was spent in a fasted state, rummaging around for food. By lunchtime, mankind would typically return home with the game of the day.
This is the way it was until around 8000 B.C., when milking of cattle was first discovered. It was roughly around this time that the ‘rise-to-eat’ window began to close. Such a window nowadays of course is non-existent, as the luxury of food is available to us at any time of day.
Breaking fast later in the day was very common for our ancestors. Throughout evolution, this everyday practice resulted in our digestive fire slowly adapting and working in sync with the Sun. The higher the Sun rose, the greater our digestive fire would become. As the Sun set, our digestive fire (our inner campfire) would also begin to dwindle out.
Between the times of 12-2pm, when the Sun is blazing at its highest and hottest, mankind would typically break fast with their largest meal of the day. Food was eaten the moment it was hunted. Nothing was stored away for later grazing, as there were no refrigerators or pantries back then. You ate it fresh and that was that.
Mankind often went by on one square meal per day. Thus from an evolutionary perspective, we as humans have adapted to intermittent fasting than to grazing frequently.
Eating the largest meal at night time, which many people do, goes against our evolution and is counterproductive to our health and longevity. We force the body into digesting lots of food at the wrong times, when its digestive system is not firing on all cylinders.
In the evening, the body is striving to cleanse, eliminate impurities, repair cells and rejuvenate the immune system. Eating heavy foods creates further workload for the body, as it wastes valuable energy doing things it is not meant to. This energy deficit causes us to wake up feeling dull, lethargic and literally heavy in the stomach and head.
We do not bounce out of bed feeling energised, revitalised and singing away with the birds at the crack of dawn – the way Mother Nature intended us to.
The ancients knew the secrets to eating lightly before bed. It is where the term ‘supper’ came about. If food were to be eaten at night, it would be something light that could be either ‘sipped’ or ‘supped’. Be it a hot beverage like tea or soup, it would be something that the body could easily digest.
Albert Einstein once said – “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Based on this quote we can convincingly add that, even if the above is mere knowledge of any evolutionary hypothesis, our imagination could take us further to more realistic conclusions.
Since nothing is absolute, we may as well expand our imagination as to how it could have been back then, by applying it in our contemporary ways of living. Try this suggestion and see what it can do for you. Eat breakfast like you are hunting for game (skip it), lunch like you have found game (biggest meal) and dinner like you are digesting from game (smallest meal).
Follow this sequence and let the Sun do the rest.