Pillar 2: Efficient Timing

Efficient food-timing looks like this:

  1. Eat 3-5 different sources of protein for each meal before 2pm.
  2. Avoid all heavy proteins after 2pm.
  3. Eat fruits and carbs after 2pm and not before.
  4. Eat fresh fruit by itself at least 30 min. before other carbs.
  5. Avoid eating proteins and carbohydrates together to increase the amount of protein your body is able to use.
  6. If you must eat past 7pm, eat only fresh fruit.

Here’s why:

clock5am2pm#1 – Eat 3-5 different sources of protein for each meal before 2pm. Because the body needs to be in an acidic state to properly digest proteins. The pH cycle of the body is set by nature but can be weakened by a diet with poor timing. This means that proteins should be eaten in the morning when the body’s pH cycle is at its most acidic peak. Protein should not be consumed after 2:00 p.m. when the body cycles into its alkaline phase. The liver knows which “projects” it wants to undertake, and in which order, but when it is only given a few amino acids, it may have to go manufacture some other amino acids just to use what it has been given. Different proteins, like beef, milk, eggs and nuts, each have different amino acid profiles. To prevent the liver from “gathering and stripping” amino acids from the rest of the body, we have to provide it with the entire spectrum of amino acids in each protein-dense meal. This is accomplished by eating three to five different sources of protein together during breakfast and lunch. This minimizes the workload of the liver. With three to five sources of protein, the liver is given a complete profile of amino acids and can rearrange them into whatever structure it needs.3

#2 – Avoiding proteins past 2:00 p.m. This is one of the most important aspects of the Equilibrium Diet. This frees the liver to clean at night while you sleep. The toxic load of the body is reduced and you feel better with cumulative results. The longer you eat like this, the better you will feel. When you are “not hungry” in the morning, you have eaten too much the night before. This is a sign the liver is congested and still struggling with the last meal. Listen to your body. If you are not hungry in the morning, cut back on your evening consumption. One of the easiest ways to set the pattern of eating proteins for breakfast is to skip dinner. Fast after 2:00 p.m. or simply have a small dinner of fruit—do this for as long as needed to regain the urge to eat upon waking.

clock2pm#3/#4 – Fruits and natural sugars should not be consumed before 2:00 p.m. These foods require an alkaline pH for proper digestion and to minimize stress on the body. This completely stabilizes the body’s blood sugar and is wonderful for hypoglycemia and diabetes. This diet keeps blood sugar moderate, stable, and steady all day long. You can feel the difference within days of making the switch. Sugar cravings plummet, mood and appetite stabilize, and you feel full until your next meal.4

#5 – Avoid eating proteins and carbohydrates together to increase the amount of protein your body is able to use. Most people are protein deficient because the body does not absorb proteins well after 2:00 p.m. Most of us consume a lot of protein, but we eat it at dinner. We do not get much out of it because of improper timing. If you are trying to increase your protein absorption, complex carbohydrates like grains and potatoes should be avoided in protein-dense meals.

The body chooses whether to digest each meal as “carb” dominant or “protein” dominant and “carb” is the default mode to prevent protein toxicity. Even slightly too much protein is detrimental to the body, and the carb “default” serves as a stop-guard against protein toxicity. When the body chooses to digest a meal as carbs, the vast majority of protein is not properly broken down and becomes waste in the body that must be eliminated.

#6 – Avoid eating anything besides fruit past 7:00 p.m. This allows digestion to be completely finished before we go to sleep. The liver’s cleansing and building phase is between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. This is when the liver is most efficient at cleaning and repairing the body. If the liver is preoccupied trying to digest a large meal, it gets to spend less time cleaning. This results in liver congestion, lower immunity, and fatigue. The liver’s cleansing cycle is almost entirely eliminated when a protein-heavy meal is consumed late at night. If we eat a steak at 9:00 p.m., the liver needs about eight hours to attempt to digest it—the liver finally finishes digesting the steak at 5:00 a.m. and does not have a chance to clean.