How to Prevent Jet Lag.





How to Prevent Jet Lag

When traveling overseas, many people wake up in the middle of the night, can't fall back to sleep and are groggy during the day. As a professional speaker, who lives near Chicago, the following ANTI-JET-LAG remedy works so well each time I use it when I travel from the United States to Europe, that I wouldn't waste my time with other methods. When I travel to Europe on short notice and don't use it, I wake up around 2:30 am, toss and turn till about 5:00 am and am groggy all day for about a week. Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory came up with this. Presidents, military personnel and Olympic athletes use it. It is quite simple. All you have to do is eat the right types of food in the right amounts at the right time. But the ANTI-JET-LAG remedy was worthless for me when I flew to India (over Europe).


This diet is also labeled feast-fast-feast-fast. This is because three days before you leave you eat a lot of protein and carbohydrates. Two days before you leave you eat small amounts of low calorie foods. The day before you leave is just like the first day of the diet and the day you leave is similar to the second day of the diet.

How to avoid jet lag:

1. DETERMINE BREAKFAST TIME at destination on day of arrival.

2. FEAST-FAST-FEAST-FAST on home time. Start three days before departure day, On day one, FEAST; eat heartily with high-protein breakfast and lunch and a high-carbohydrate dinner. No coffee except between 3 and 5 P.M. On day two, FAST on light meals of salads, light soups, fruits and juices. Again, no coffee except between 3 and 5 p.m. On day three, FEAST again. On day four (departure day) FAST; If you drink caffeinated beverages, take them In morning when traveling west, or between 6 and 11 p.m. when traveling east. Going west, you may fast only half day.

3. BREAK FINAL FAST at destination breakfast time. No alcohol on plane. Eastbound: If flight is long enough, steep until breakfast time at destination, but no later. Wake up and FEAST on high-protein breakfast. [I eat a bag of peanuts for breakfast on the plane to europe. Not my favorite breakfast, but this always works for me.] Lights on, stay awake and active! If you drink caffeinated beverages, take them between 6 and 11 P.M. Continue day's meals according to meal times at destination.   Westbound: same for sleeping & eating. If you drink caffeinated beverages, take them morning before departure.

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FEAST on high protein breakfasts and lunches to stimulate the body's active cycle. Suitable meals Include steak, eggs, hamburgers, high-protein cereals, green beans.

FEAST on high-carbohydrate suppers to stimulate sleep. They Include spaghetti and other pastas (but no meatballs), Crepes (but no meal filling), potatoes, other starchy vegetables, and sweet desserts.

FAST days help deplete the liver's store of carbohydrates and prepare the body's clock for resetting. Suitable foods Include fruit, light soups, broths, skimpy salads, unbuttered toast, half pieces of bread. Keep calories and carbohydrates to a minimum.


COUNTDOWN (On Home Time).

           Day 1         Day 2         Day 3         Day 4 (travel day)

           FEAST         FAST          FEAST         FAST

Breakfast: Protein       Low calories  Protein       Low calories

Lunch:     Protein       Low calories  Protein       Low calories

Dinner:    Carbohydrates Low calories  Carbohydrates Low calories

Coffee, tea, cola, other caffeinated beverages allowed only between 3 and 5 p.m.



The Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet is helping travelers quickly adjust their bodies' internal clocks to new time zones. It is also being used to speed the adjustment of shift workers, such as power Plant operators, to periodically rotating work hours. The diet was developed by Dr. Charles F. Egret of Argonne's Division of Biological and Medical Research as an application of his fundamental studies of the daily biological rhythms of animals. Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's major centers of research in energy and the fundamental sciences, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439. 630-252-5575.


I’m not a doctor and this is outside the realm of my expertise. I’m just sharing what I learned from Argonne National Laboratory and my experience for what it’s worth.


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