Eating Window Experiment – Amendment

I’m writing this on the second day of the second phase of the Eating Window Experiment, thus having completed the first day where the three meals moved to 4pm, 5:30pm and 7:00pm.

I’ll concede it’s been a bumpier ride than I was expecting. First, the consumption period of the three meals was very difficult and I was just at the edge of light nausea toward the end. I think I’ll need a touch more time between meals. Secondly, I had trouble getting to sleep, then woke up three hours later and wasn’t able to return to sleep. I managed to get another nap in this morning for about an hour and twenty minutes, but it wasn’t particularly restful.

This issue with sleep has had a meaningful impact on my day as I’ve experienced insomnia-like symptoms for the most of the morning. Not quite awake, not quite asleep, and not very functional. It’s possible this is just something I’d adjust to over the next few nights, but I can’t really take that chance given my existing meetings and responsibilities.

Thus, I’m shifting the eating window from evening to late morning with today as an interstitial step. Additionally, I’ll be spacing the meals two hours apart instead of an hour and a half.

Amended schedule:

  • Today (14th): 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm
  • 15th: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm
  • 16th: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm
  • 17th: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm
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4 days ago

Two hours may be not enough time to digest and empty the stomach. I use niacin to know when it happens (flush equals meal is digested)

4 days ago
Reply to  Chris

I assume you take the Niacin with your meals? Are you taking SR/ER Niacin or the immediate release? those flushes can pack a wallop!

3 days ago
Reply to  hap

Yes, with each meal, it is SR but I break 500mg into halves so it kicks in most of times. I try not to drink before that happens to have a good digestion. I am having 1000-1500 calories per meal and it takes at least 4 hours.

Sara Tirner
Sara Tirner
4 days ago

If you can’t sleep, and can be even better than a nap, practice Yoga Nidra. There are millions of variations on YouTube. Rod Stryker has a great app, Sanctuary (but you’ll have to pay for premium. His program got me through my time as the primary caregiver for my parents at the end of their lives. And, I’m a long time yoga practitioner. 20 minutes of yoga Nidra, especially at about 4 pm in the afternoon and I’ve got another good 4 hours of full on capacity. Many people often fall asleep to this stuff. There’s also some interesting science behind it.

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