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Are We Eating Wrong? The Idea of Big Breakfasts and Small Dinners


November 9, 2012 | Published by

Meal Reversal

Believe it or not, one of best things we can do for our digestive environment is meal reversal. What this means exactly is eating a larger meal for breakfast, a medium size meal for lunch and a smaller meal for dinner. I have personally witnessed many patients benefit from this change, when many other ideas or treatments didn’t work. But, why does this work? The human body, like other natural things, is designed to work on a time-pattern. This pattern was first discovered in the Western world in 1927 by Professor Kurt Richter, a well-known American bio-psychologist. A new science, known as biochronology, stemmed from Richter’s early work. From studying and understanding biochronology we’ve learned that the human body runs on a clock system, and by understanding the gastrointestinal peak performance and down times, we can work to improve our digestive and overall health.

The Stomach

The peak performance time of the stomach is between 7 and 9 AM. You can use this time to get a good amount of protein in, as you can ensure a more complete breakdown of foods and not have to eat loads of heavy proteins at dinner. The stomach’s activity level tends to peak early in the day and taper off until mid-afternoon. This goes for the digestive tract and most of the body’s organs in general.

The Small Intestine 

The peak performance time of the small intestine is between 1 and 3 PM. It’s good to have some protein with lunch, but not as much as with breakfast. Personally, I opt for eggs with breakfast and fish or a small portion of red meat with lunch. A majority of protein digestion and absorption occurs from 7 AM  to 3 PM, so for dinner I recommend eating a meal with light protein like fish or chicken but also tofu, lentils, beans or quinoa.

The Large Intestine

Your colon is most active in the wee hours of the morning, usually between 5 AM and 7 AM. You may have noticed that this is typically the time your body starts giving you that urge to stumble toward the bathroom. This early part of the morning is also a good time to drink plenty of water, which can also help with the urge to quench your thirst with sugar and caffeine-heavy beverages.

dr eric bakkerAbout the Author: Eric Bakker B.H.Sc. (Comp.Med), N.D, R.Hom. is a highly experienced naturopathic physician who has been in clinical practice for 25 years. Eric is passionate about improving people’s lives through proven wellness and lifestyle principles, natural medicine practice as well as public and professional practitioner education. Eric specialises in candida yeast infections, as well as adrenal fatigue, and thyroid disorders. Dr. Bakker has written one of the most comprehensive books on yeast infections called Candida Crusher. Website:  You can complete his online survey to determine if you have a yeast infection here, or link through to his many You Tube videos:  Dr. Bakker’s Blog:


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