Traditional Chinese Medicine attributes a time and a task to each of our organs, which can guide us on the best time to eat during the day. Follow these tips to get the most out of each day.
5am to 7am Large Intestine Colon rising
This is the best time of the day to pop yourself out of bed, head to the toilet and do a poo. Having trouble going? ‘Retrain’ yourself by having a big glass of warm water on rising (add some lemon for that extra liver loving), sit on the loo for 5 or 10 minutes and ‘meditate’. It’s also a good time to have a walk, as this can aid elimination. Oh yeah, I love the morning!
7am to 9am Stomach
Eat your breakfast! According to TCM this should be the biggest meal of the day as this is when the tummy has the best opportunity to absorb nutrients.
What if you don’t have an appetite in the morning? Try having a smaller dinner – remember the saying, “breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a squirrel (some poetic licence taken). Try to avoid sugary breakfast cereals and instead opt for a good Bircher (I have a VERY yummy one in stock), or eggs with good quality spelt bread.
The spleen is the organ associated with intellect and mental powers, making this time the best to study and learn new things.
Signs your spleen wants some lovin’:
- Sweet cravings
- Lack of focus
- Inability to concentrate
Suffering some of these symptoms? Maybe it’s time to do some gentle detoxification – email me for more information.