How to Prevent Jet Lag with a Modified Diet

The Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet helps travelers quickly adjust their bodies' internal clocks to new time zones by changing their diet before, during, and after their trip. The diet was developed by Dr. Charles F. Ehret of Argonne's Div. 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 US Department of Energy's major centers of research in energy and fundamental sciences.

Steps

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    Determine Breakfast Time at destination on day of arrival.
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    Feast-Fast-Feast-Fast Start four days before breakfast time in Step 1.
    • On day one, Feast; eat heartily with high-protein breakfast and lunch and a high-carbohydrate dinner. No coffee except between 3 and 5 pm.
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    • On day two, Fast on light meals of salads, light soups, fruits and juices. Again, no coffee except bet. 3 and 5 pm.
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    • On day three, Feast again. On day four, Fast; if you drink caffeinated beverages, drink them in the morning if you're traveling West, or between 6 and 11 pm when traveling East.
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    Break The Final Fast at your destination breakfast time. No alcohol on the plane! If the flight is long enough, sleep until normal breakfast time at destination, but no later. Wake up and Feast on a high protein breakfast. Stay awake and active. Continue the day's meals according to mealtimes at the destination.
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    REMEMBER…
    • FEAST on high protein breakfast and lunches to stimulate the body's active cycle. Suitable meals include steak, eggs, hamburgers, high-protein cereals, and green beans.
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    • FEAST on high carbohydrate suppers to stimulate sleep. They include pasta (but no meatballs or sausage), crepes (but no meat filling), potatoes, other starchy vegetables and sweet desserts.
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    • FAST days help deplete the liver's store of carbohydrates and prepare the body's clock for resetting. Suitable foods include fruit, light soups and/or broths, skimpy salads, unbuttered toast, half pieces of bread. Keep calories and carbohydrates to a minimum.
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Tips

  • BREAK FINAL FAST: Westbound: If you drink caffeinated beverages, take them morning before departure. Eastbound: take them between 6 and 11 pm. If flight is long enough, sleep until destination breakfast time. Wake up and FEAST beginning with a high protein breakfast. Lights on. Stay active.
  • NOTE: Coffee, tea, cola and other caffeinated beverages allowed only between 3 and 5 pm.
  • Day 1 - Feast: Breakfast & Lunch: High Protein; Dinner: High Carbs.
  • Day 2 - Fast: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Light Foods
  • Day 3 - Feast: Breakfast & Lunch: High Protein; Dinner: High Carbs.
  • Day 4 (travel day) - Fast: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Light Foods
  • As an abbreviated version, eat as little as possible on your day of travel, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, then eat a high protein breakfast at breakfast time in your new time zone.
  • Bring protein bars with you to ensure that you can get protein at the right time.

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