Today, I have a special treat for you…
Not like a comestible kind of treat (that would arouse the suspicious of Lola…)
An excerpt from my new book! (bet you didn’t even know I was writing one!)
I don’t want to release too many details as of yet, but stay tuned, as I will be “carpeting bombing” you all with the release date once it’s set in stone.
Coming off the heels of my last post, and the overwhelming response I got through comments, emails, and Facebook messages regarding why on Earth I’m “going against the grain” and telling people to eat mostly at night, I feel compelled to share a section in regards to why we should eat according to our nervous system and our innate circadian clock.
Someone even called me a “nutritional heretic”!
I guess that means I’m doing my job right!
Now look, I know it sounds a bit crazy, and goes against mainstream nutrition. But that’s my freaking point! When someone tells me “I’ve always heard this, or I’ve always heard that…”, well, freaking DUH! America is fatter, softer, and more diabetic than ever before! Are you trying to tell me that popular notion and mainstream nutritional practices are anything short of disastrous?!? Most people would probably be considerably better off if they just did the complete opposite of everything that is recommended by “mainstream nutrition”! I mean, up until recently, the bottom of the food pyramid was comprised of grains! No freaking wonder so many Americans are pre-diabetic and overweight – you can practically see the insulin oozing out of their eyeballs and fingernails! Now that’s not saying that flipping the food-pyramid upside down would do anyone much better (it’s a diabolic creation anyway you spin it), but it is paints a very clear picture of the inadequacies and ignorance of governing food agencies.
Furthermore, this isn’t just some crazy concept that I threw out there to cause a ruckus (that’s why I put up pictures of Lola!). Eating according to our innate circadian clock and consuming the majority of our food at night was something I was first introduced to when I read the Warrior Diet by Ori Hoffmeckler about five years ago now. A tremendous read that impacted my nutritional philosophies greatly. Furthermore, all of this is quite evidence based, but as always – the proof is in the pudding. Try it for yourself. I DARE YOU to have anything less than spectacular results!
I hope you all enjoy this brief excerpt from my upcoming book explaining just one reason why you should consume the majority of your food at night! Please post any questions or comments you have below in the comment section!
From the tides of the ocean, to the rising and setting of the sun, to the wave-like trending of the economy, to the four seasons, and within the human body – we have cyclical nature of our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system are two primary components of our autonomic nervous system. Our autonomic nervous system (or ANS for the sake of brevity) is what controls many of our bodily functions that are below our level of consciousness – such as our heart rate, respiratory rate, perspiration, and even… dare I say… sexual arousal? J
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is for the most part, our day-time nervous system. Our SNS controls our “fight-or-flight response. It may be simpler to think of this as our nervous system that allows us to kick some serious ass. When we are under control of our sympathetic nervous system we are naturally more alert, resistant to fatigue, burn-fat (through the mobilization of our stored fatty acids), and ultimately expend the most energy.
Our parasympathetic is for the most part, our night-time nervous system. Our PSNS controls our ability to rest, digest, recuperate, absorb and replenish nutrients, and ultimately sleep.
If you haven’t already figured it out yourself, one nervous system (SNS) is clearly superior to the other for burning fat and kicking-ass. Conversely, we want to be under control of our parasympathetic nervous system whenever it is time to rest, rejuvenate and catch some serious Z’s.
Now what role does food play in all of this?
Our sympathetic nervous system is stimulated by a LACK of food (not by food itself), whereas a large meal will actually throw us into our parasympathetic nervous system (exactly why you feel like taking a nap after a hefty lunch).
Meaning that mainstream nutritional practices (such as frequenty feeding – 4 to 6 small meals aday) will only serve to continuously shut down our sympathetic nervous system, inhibit our ability to mobilize stored body fat, reduce our insulin sensitivity, impair our ability to most effectively utilize nutrients, and make it all the more difficult for us to kick some serious ass! Which often leads to a chronic condition known as “I’m fat and suck.”
Humans for thousands of years THRIVED from a lack of food. It would behoove us to take a serious lesson in “how to kick ass” from our ancestors, and realize that feeding need not be regimented, but SPORADIC!”
As always – please lift responsibly,
– Pat Flynn
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