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).
ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY ANTI-JET-LAG DIET
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
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
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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
Low calories Protein Low
Lunch: Protein Low calories Protein Low calories
Dinner: Carbohydrates Low calories Carbohydrates
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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