When we eat matters – how time restricted feeding helps nurture our circadian rhythms with Emily Manoogian, PhD

In Episode 114 I sit down with Emily Manoogian, PhD from the Panda lab at Salk Institute to learn about how we can improve our health by nurturing our circadian rhythms. Emily and her team are considered world leaders in the field of science known as ‘chronobiology’ and have published several studies (and many others currently under way) investigating how the timing of our meals affects our health.

Emily Manoogian Plant Proof When you eat matters

In this episode we specifically cover:

  • What circadian rhythms are
  • Why we need circadian rhythms
  • What circadian disruption is
  • What social jet-lag is
  • Learning from shift workers
  • How external cues such as light exposure and meal timing affect our circadian rhythms
  • Time restricted feeding (TRF) and what Emily’s research has identified so far
  • The difference between TRF and fasting
  • Why Emily recommends having more calories in the first half of your day
  • What to do if you are someone who routinely has dinner very late (e.g many Europeans)
  • Lots of practical information that you can put into play
  • Future research Emily would like to conduct
  • and much more

As I note at the beginning of this episode in the introduction. While the time restricted eating that we talk about is far from an extreme protocol, if you suffer from an eating disorder and find the subject of meal timing in any way to be triggering then this may not be the best episode for you, which is totally fine! You can just pick the show back up next episode, and come back to this episode in the future if you feel the timing is more appropriate for you.

NOTE: Unfortunately the audio quality of this episode is not as high as I would ordinarily like. While I much prefer having these conversations in person (and hope to get back to that format soon) with COVID-19 I’ve needed to record remotely in order to continue having such informative guests on the show.


My Circadian clock

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