In last week’s article, we were talking about your food chart. And we were discussing how the first thing many people do is scan the chart to see if their favorite foods are “ideal” for their type.
Now it’s possible you might find that your favorite foods aren’t on your food chart, or aren’t ideal for your type. And of course, that makes this difficult. The hardest part of any nutrition plan is giving up your favorite foods.
But do you really need to do that? Is there a way you can eat your favorite foods and still eat metabolically?
Well, if you have serious health and weight problems, it would be best if you stuck ONLY to your ideal foods, especially at the beginning. But I realize that we are all human. And it can be overwhelming to just stop eating something that really brings you pleasure.
So is there a way to achieve your goals of better health, better weight, better energy, and better digestion … but not have to give up all of your favorite foods?
Yes, there is!
How to Include Your Favorite Foods … Even if They Aren’t IDEAL for Your Type
Instead of completely giving up your favorite foods, here’s what you can do
For two meals per week – and ONLY two – forget about your food chart. Forget about your ideal foods, forget about your endocrine type recommendations, and forget about your food chart completely.
Instead, for these two meals, eat some of your favorite foods.
You could choose to have these meals on any two days of the week you wish, but ideally you should choose two days that are not back to back. For example, you could choose to have your “favorite food” meals on a Wednesday and a Saturday. Or on a Tuesday and a Friday. It doesn’t matter what days, just so long as they are not back-to-back.
Whichever days you choose, pick one meal out of the three meals for that day to eat your favorite foods. For example, if you choose breakfast, then make sure that you eat lunch and dinner according to your food chart.
Eat Your Favorite Foods, But Stick to Your Ratios
However, even though you aren’t using your food chart for these two meals, you still MUST follow the ratios for your Metabolic Type. This is most important. You can eat your favorite foods for these two meals, but stick with your ratios for protein, fat and carbs.
In other words, if your favorite food is a carb food, make sure you balance it out with fat and protein to keep to your ratio. Or if your favorite food is a protein, include fat and carbs to keep the ratios correct for your Metabolic Type.
This will allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without completely compromising all the health, weight, energy, and digestion benefits you are getting from your plan
Go Ahead – Reward Yourself a Little (But JUST a Little)
Even though it would be best for you to stick just to your ideal foods at the start, there are some good reasons for having two meals with your favorite foods.
1. It rewards you for eating correctly for the other 19 meals for the week.
Sometimes just having a meal or two with favorite foods makes the whole plan go much easier. You might even find you become more creative for the other 19 meals where you stick to your food chart.
2. Surprisingly, you may find that you don’t actually like your favorite foods after awhile!
You may find, after a period of time, that your favorite foods aren’t actually your favorites any more. But you might not realize it!
If you find that some of your favorite foods are not allowed, emotionally they become more important than they normally would. When you get a chance to finally eat them again, you find that your tastes have changed, and you may not enjoy them as much as you thought you would.
3. You won’t resent eating correctly for the rest of the week
With a meal or two “off” the food chart, eating correctly becomes much easier, and it helps you emotionally commit to eating your right foods the rest of the time. You find it easier to achieve your goals of better health, better weight, and better digestion.
So go ahead – have a meal or two each week of your favorite foods. Just follow my recommendations here when you do that, and you’ll still stay on the right path to better health, better weight, better energy, and better digestion.
When you receive your Metabolic Typing nutrition profile, you also receive a starter food chart for your Metabolic Type.
This food chart list hundreds of foods, categorized by whether they are Ideal, Neutral, Rarely Eat, or Avoid for your type.
Often when clients first get their new plan, the food chart is the first thing they check. And they start checking it to see if their favorite foods are on it, and what category these foods are in. If they find that the food is marked as “rarely eat” or “avoid”, or if they can’t find the food on the chart, they will email me and ask me, “Can I eat this food or that food?”
I’m sorry to say … that’s a really bad way to start your new metabolic plan!
If You Want Different Results …
Think of it this way. You probably came to us because your current approach to diet and nutrition has NOT been working. You may be having weight problems, or health problems, or poor digestion, or a lack of energy. But whatever the problem is, you came here because your eating habits have not been working.
In just about EVERYTHING in life, if you keep doing the same things, you’ll keep getting the same results. So if you want different results, you have to do different things. This is especially true in nutrition.
So to start your new plan, you need to FORGET about what you have been doing. You need to clear your mind of what has worked or not worked for you up until now.
You need to decide to begin anew. You need to start with a new attitude towards nutrition.
Becoming Your Own Nutrition Expert
As part of that new attitude, you need to stop thinking in terms of “can I eat this?” or “can I eat that?” Instead, think of yourself as a “food researcher”. You need to take the steps to determine if a given food works for you or not. And these steps are clearly spelled out in the MetaTyping Checklist you received with your plan.
That’s why we call the chart we give you a “starter” food chart. It’s the starting point for your exploration and for learning the food skills that will help YOU understand what your unique body and metabolism needs.
I was discussing this with a colleague last week, and we both agreed – the food chart is the LEAST important part of all of Metabolic Typing. It can help you get started, especially during the first few months, but after that, the food chart becomes irrelevant.
What’s really important is learning to listen to what your body is telling you, and learning how to adjust what foods you eat to give yourself the best health, weight, energy, and digestion. Once you have those skills, you don’t need a chart to tell you whether to eat a certain food or not.
You’ll just know, because you’ll have become your own nutrition expert.
For this week’s blog, here’s an article by our guest contributor, Dr. Joseph Mercola. This article is © copyright 2011 by Dr. Joseph Mercola and is used by permission.
Sometimes you just have to sit back and laugh at the absurd methods employed by the food industry to deceive and manipulate you. Take Splenda, for example. Their website now touts three new “improved” versions:
Splenda with: B vitamins, Antioxidants, and Fiber
Of course, they claim these are “three smart new ways to sweeten” your food and drink. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it’s sheer unmitigated nonsense! Splenda (sucralose), which is an artificial sweetener like aspartame, is likely to push your health in the wrong direction, and there’s nothing smart about that…
Consuming artificial sweeteners can cause distortions in your biochemistry, and if you drink diet soda in an attempt to lose weight, they won’t help you. Instead, most studies looking at this show very clearly that diet soft drinks actually double your obesity risk by stimulating your appetite, increasing carbohydrate cravings, and stimulating fat storage!
Several years ago, I wrote a book called Sweet Deception, in which I expose the many concerns related to the consumption of artificial sweeteners. It’s an extremely well-researched book, and it’s as valid today as it was when I first wrote it. I spent over three years and had five health care professionals work on it with me, as the maker of Splenda, Johnson & Johnson, had their legal firm write me a 20-page letter threatening to sue me if I published the book. Needless to say, the book was published and they did not sue me as the information was all true.
Spenda is Not a Zero Calorie Product
Splenda uses a number of misleading tactics to sell their product. For starters, it is actually not a “zero calorie” sweetener.
Sucralose is about 600 times sweeter than sugar, so if it was sold by itself, they wouldn’t be able to package it—each packet would contain just a couple of grains, which would be more than plenty to sweeten a cup of coffee. Hence they have to add a bulking agent, such as maltodextrin—which is a sugar!
So, about 99 percent of that packet of Splenda is a type of sugar, and only about one percent is actually sucralose. Each packet has four calories, but because the amount of sugar is less than one gram, they get away with saying it has “no calories” due to a loophole in the labeling law.
However, there’s yet another reason why they can make this claim.
Sucralose is a synthetic chemical created in a laboratory. In the five-step patented process of making sucralose, three chlorine molecules are added to one sucrose (sugar) molecule.
Some will argue that natural foods also contain chloride, which is true. However, in natural foods, the chloride is connected with ionic bonds that easily dissociate.. But in Splenda, they’re in a covalent bond that does not dissociate. In fact, there are NO covalent chloride bonds to organic compounds in nature—they only exist in synthetic, man-made form. Aside from Splenda, other examples of synthetic covalently bound chloride compounds include:
DDT, PCB’s, and Agent orange
Now, your body has no enzymes to break down this covalently bound chloride. Why would it? It never existed in nature, so the human body never had a reason to address it. And since it’s not broken down and metabolized by your body, they can claim it to be non-caloric—essentially, it’s supposed to pass right through you.
However, the research (which is primarily extrapolated from animal studies) indicates that about 15 percent of sucralose IS in fact absorbed into your digestive system, and ultimately stored in your body. This is a significant concern. One 2009 study found unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by fat, contrary to previous claims. They also discovered other disturbing health problems…
Splenda May Destroy Intestinal Flora
The animal study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found that Splenda:
- reduced the amount of good intestinal bacteria by 50 percent
- increased the intestinal pH level, and affected a glycoprotein that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications
James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, expressed shock and outrage after reading the findings, stating that:
“The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study … confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label.”
I agree, because anytime you destroy healthy intestinal bacteria you open yourself up to unfriendly micro-organisms that can cause health problems. Your immune system, which is imperative for general health is dependent on healthy gut flora, so the idea that this artificial sweetener may destroy up to half of all your healthy gut bacteria is disconcerting to say the least.
Many people are already deficient in healthy bacteria due to choosing highly processed foods. This is why a high quality probiotic is one of the very few supplements I highly recommend for nearly everyone.
How Diabetics May Be Misled
Artificial sweeteners like Splenda are commonly recommended for diabetics, since sucralose will not influence your blood sugar levels. However, what they fail to realize is that Splenda is not all sucralose… Remember, most of that packet is actually sugar—only about one percent is sucralose!
This may still not seem like a big deal, considering how little is in those packets. But many diabetics will use upwards of 10 packets or more a day, in various drinks and foods, and in high quantities it can have a significant impact in type 1 diabetics.
Safety Studies Sorely Lacking
Splenda is promoted as being a safe, well-researched product, but is it really?
If you look through the research literature, you’ll find about 200 studies on Splenda/sucralose, and only about 10 percent of those have anything to do with safety. When I wrote Sweet Deception, there were only 15 studies relating to safety, and 13 of them were funded by the company that makes Splenda, leaving enormous room for conflict of interest!
In 1996, Dr. Ralph G. Walton, a professor of Clinical Psychiatry, reviewed 165 studies on aspartame, and discovered a remarkable discrepancy between study results and their source of funding. Of the 165 studies, 74 had industry related funding and 91 were independently funded.
- 100 percent of the industry funded studies supported aspartame’s safety, while 92 percent of the independently funded studies identified at least one potential health concern
However, Dr. Walton also pointed out that of the seven remaining non-industry funded studies, which supported aspartame’s safety, six were done by the FDA, and the seventh was a literature review of mostly industry sponsored research.
Considering the long-standing revolving door between various industries (especially Monsanto, which acquired G.D. Searle in 1985) and the FDA, it’s questionable as to whether an FDA study can be considered truly “independent,” even though they were counted as independent in Walton’s review.
If you give that concern any merit, you’d more or less be looking at 100 percent of industry related studies claiming aspartame to be safe, and 100 percent of independent studies flagging some sort of health concern…
This is truly powerful documentation of the influence of corporately sponsored trials on safety or any other potential complication that can occur! This type of funding bias is a fatal flaw in the system, because in order to receive FDA approval, the product is not required to undergo any kind of independent study.
So what happens?
Well, we now know that in the drug industry, studies that do not support the drug are simply dismissed or thrown away, and only those reaching a favorable conclusion are presented. And there’s nothing to indicate that the same tactics aren’t also going on in the food industry.
Another troublesome issue is the fact that there are no long-term studies to evaluate the health effects of chronic exposure to sucralose. When I wrote my book, the longest safety study ever performed had lasted FOUR DAYS, and it looked at sucralose in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance!
Potential Side Effects of Splenda
Going back to those 15 published safety studies on Splenda, only seven were done on humans. Two of these were published in respected peer-reviewed neurology journals, and they both showed a clear and strong association between the use of Splenda and migraine headaches. Animal studies have also revealed a number of problems, such as:
Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group
With so few studies available, it may be safer to listen to consumer feedback…I’ve compiled a page on my web site, The Potential Dangers of Sucralose, where you can share your own experiences and side effects, as many others already have. In fact, the first-hand testimonies on this page already outnumber the amount of people included in all of Splenda’s safety studies!
The symptoms are so numerous I can’t include them all, but the following are common symptoms, usually noticed within a 24-hour period following consumption of a Splenda product:
- Skin — Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts
- Lungs — Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath
- Head — Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines (severe headaches)
- Nose — Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing
- Eyes — Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery
- Stomach — Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea
- Heart — Palpitations or fluttering
- Joints — Joint pains or aches
- Neurological — Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression
How Dangerous is Splenda?
If you only use it on rare occasions, in all likelihood it is not going to harm you. It’s only likely to become an issue if you’re using large amounts on a regular basis. Remember, no one knows exactly what the long-term human health ramifications are, as the longest study conducted lasted a mere four days!
This means that you and your family are the guinea pigs when it comes to evaluating long-term safety… And for this reason, I strongly recommend applying the precautionary principle, especially for your children.
The most important principle I want to emphasize here is not so much the specifics of why Splenda is potentially toxic or harmful, but rather I want you to recognize the tactics employed by these companies to manipulate and deceive you. Once you understand the basics of how they manipulate you and distort science to prove their point, then you will know when to exert caution, and when to be skeptical about new products.
Just like the drug industry, many of the sales strategies used in the food industry aim to give you some magic bullet solution that veers from time-honored principles that our ancestors used to stay healthy. Once you know what those principles are, and you’re aware of the sales tactics employed, you’re in a position to make solid, informed decisions.
Health is really a simple process. By replicating the patterns of our ancestors, we can optimize our health. It’s important to realize that our genes do not adapt very quickly to changes in our environment, and the human body simply is not designed to thrive on modern “food-like” substances made of synthetic chemicals not found in nature.
Your body is designed to maintain health, but when you expose it to toxic influences, and deprive it of nutritional support and the basic building blocks it needs to thrive, then you’ll begin losing your vitality and veer toward disease and chronic, long-term health complications…
How to Kick the Artificial Sweetener Habit
Your body typically craves sweets when you’re denying it the fuel it needs. Sugar (and grain carbs) is very quick fuel and can give your body a boost when it’s running low. And contrary to popular belief, using artificial sweeteners does not trick your body into thinking it has had its fill; rather it wants more sweets because it didn’t get the energy boost with that sweet taste!
A powerful solution to help curb your cravings is to determine your nutritional type, which will tell you which foods you need to eat to feel full and satisfied. It may sound hard to believe right now, but once you start eating right for your nutritional type, your sweet cravings will disappear. To help you turn your health around, I now offer the full nutritional typing program online for free, so please take advantage of this opportunity to dramatically change your health for the better.
Interestingly, nutrition- and fitness expert Ori Hofmekler recently shared a fascinating benefit of caffeine that can be helpful here. If you like coffee, drinking organic black coffee (meaning without sugar or milk) can help eliminate sugar cravings because the caffeine is an opioid receptor antagonist.
As you may know, sugar binds to the same opioid receptors as cocaine and other addictive substances. But once an opioid receptor antagonist occupies that receptor, it prohibits you from becoming addicted to something else. Therefore, caffeine may attenuate the addictive impact of sugar. There are a few caveats to using this strategy however, including:
- Only drink organic coffee (as it’s one of the most pesticide-heavy crops there are)
- Drink it black, sans sugar/artificial sweeteners or milk
- Only drink coffee in the morning, prior to exercise
- Limit your consumption to one or two cups
In addition to eating right for your nutritional type, I highly recommend addressing the emotional component of your food cravings, using a tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It’s one of the most profoundly effective tools I’ve ever used or researched to help overcome food cravings and reach dietary success. Turbo Tapping is particularly useful if you’re addicted to soda. It’s an extremely effective and simple tool to get rid of your addiction in a short period of time.
On a previous blog post, one of our website visitors wrote:
I recently acquired a copy of ‘Eat Right For Your Type’, bought for me by a dear friend. I intend to use the information to help me rid myself of MS symptoms. Viewing your Typing Plan it seems this plan would most definitely consolidate the information in the book and therefore be beneficial for me. Is there anyway of purchasing the eating plan/guide by itself?
Let me start by saying that I too tried to follow the Eat Right For Your Type “blood type” diet many years ago. This was before I heard about Metabolic Typing, and it seemed to make some sense that my blood type might affect what I should eat.
But there’s a problem with ANY diet that is fairly simplistic with just a few types, like the blood type diet has. You see, the blood type diet will work only if by chance they happen to match you with a diet that is right for you metabollically.
In my case, the diet for my blood type did NOT match my Metabolic Type. The diet it forced onto me was exactly wrong for my Metabolic Type.
Once I became a certified nutrition advisor, I learned that your blood type doesn’t reveal your Metabolic Type. There is almost no relationship between the two. So the chances are fairly large that you will get the wrong diet for yourself if you just consider blood type.
Of course, in Real Metabolic Typing, we do consider blood type as a factor. But we primarily use blood type for looking at possible allergies and sensitivities. So the blood type diet is good for telling you what NOT to eat. But it doesn’t really tell you what to eat for your metabolism.
So as you fill out your metabolic questionnaire, there’s a place to enter your blood type. But if you don’t know it, then don’t worry. It won’t affect determining your Metabolic Type. Since this is a “metabolic” based report, blood type doesn’t directly affect the rest of your profile. But if you do know your type, that’s great, because we can give you information on what you might need to avoid.
So getting back to the question above, our planning guides won’t help you, if you are using the blood type diet. You are starting off on the wrong foot to begin with!
But they will help you and will be included when you order your custom nutrition profile and nutrition plan. We also include detailed videos and checklists to help you use these sheets and your food chart.
No one likes to hear this, but sometimes, when you start eating metabolically, your problems might get worse at the start.
It doesn’t ALWAYS happen, but you might find your health problems get a little worse, or you gain a bit more weight, or you feel more rundown, or your digestion seems sluggish.
And immediately, you might jump to the conclusion that metabolc typing doesn’t work.
But … hold on. Don’t jump to conclusions.
If You’ve Eaten Completely Wrong for A While …
It’s normal for your health, weight, or energy problems to get a little worse at the start. And that’s because if you have eaten completely wrong for awhile, your body may be reacting and starting to cleanse. Your symptoms might be a sign of detoxification.
Even though this is a positive sign, it may be uncomfortable. It’s not unusual for these symptoms to actually get worse before they get better. Of course, if the symptoms become more difficult, or more serious than mere detoxification, you should discontinue your plan and consult with your health care practitioner.
But think of it this way. People addicted to drugs who go into rehab go through a similar detox process, as they transition into a more healthy lifestyle. Eating foods not suited for your type is not much different from taking the wrong kind of drugs.
Once You Start Eating Metabolically …
As you stop eating the wrong foods and start giving your body the right foods, cleansing is part of the process. Over time, you should start feeling better and seeing an improvement in your health.
Especially with weight, it’s not unusual to gain a bit more weight when you start eating correctly. That’s because your body still “remembers” the metabolically-poor nutrition it has had to cope with for a long time. So once you start giving it metabolically-correct nutrition, at first it will “conserve” what it’s getting, since it’s not really expecting you to give more. After all, you may not have been eating metabolically correct for decades, and your body expects that to continue!
So it may take a month or even two of eating metabolically for your body to get the idea that you’re no longer starving it, and that it can go back to its natural tendency to build healthy cells, burn fat, and give you all the energy you need.
What To Do When You See This Happening
Here are some suggestions for the best way to handle these detox conditions:
- Make sure you stay with your Ideal foods at meal times for the first four weeks in the plan. Don’t stray from this list.
- Make sure you monitor and adjust your ratios according to the process we describe on your MetaTyping Checklist.
- Make sure you get plenty of sleep and rest this first four weeks.
- Make sure any supplements you take are the correct ones for your Metabolic Type. Don’t take supplements that might interfere with your new eating plan and make the situation even worse.
But most importantly – relax and know that this is a normal part of healing your body and getting you to the right health, weight, energy and digestion you are entitled to!
Everybody knows how great Vitamin C is. But did you know that there are different “types” of Vitamin C? And that different Metabolic Types require different types of Vitamin C?
Make sure you aren’t making a “vitamin mistake” by thinking you can take any old Vitamin C and it will work for you. It won’t!
Why Vitamin C is Important
As you may know, Vitamin C is one of the vitamins our body can’t make. So we need to take it daily through food or through supplementation.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps with the immune system and other metabolic processes. It has been shown that vitamin C is an essential building block of collagen, which builds bone, skin, blood vessels and other tissues. It helps to reduce the risk of developing cancer, particularly cancer of the mouth and digestive tract according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
Vitamin C is a antioxidant which helps in neutralizing unstable oxygen molecules that might otherwise damage DNA. The antioxidant effect can help with preventing damage to artery walls that can promote cholesterol buildup. A 2003 study at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center reported that people with high blood levels of vitamin C are less likely to test positive for infection from the H. pylori bacteria.
These are just a few of the positive effects you can get by taking enough of this vitamin daily.
Different Forms of Vitamin C
When it comes to Vitamin C, there are two basic forms. One is called “ascorbic acid” and the other is called “calcium ascorbate”. But you may be thinking, “Vitamin C is Vitamin C – what does it matter?”
Well, from a metabolic standpoint, it matters a lot!
To properly metabolize this nutrient, you need to know which form is right for your individual metabolism. And that’s because these two different forms of vitamin C have a big effect on your blood pH level.
pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity of a solution. And to be your healthiest, your blood pH should be maintained as closely as possible to the ideal 7.46. (Note that this is blood pH we are talking about. Don’t confuse this with saliva or urine pH that many people focus on.) At this 7.46 level, you will achieve optimal absorption and use of nutrients into the blood stream .
Vitamin C and Your Metabolic Type
According to your Metabolic Type, you may either lean more towards the acid side or towards the alkaline side. And taking the wrong form of vitamin C can unbalance your metabolism and compromise your health. Here’s how that works.
These two forms of Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid and Calcium Ascorbate – cause different pH reactions in different Metabolic Types. For example, Calcium Ascorbate balances the pH of certain Metabolic Types, but unbalances other types. And the same is true of Ascorbic Acid – it balances certain types and unbalances others.
For example, if you are one of the four Slow Oxidizer types, Calcium Ascorbate will unbalance your pH. So Slow Oxidizers should stay away from Calcium Ascorbate and should use Ascorbic Acid, which causes a pH balancing reaction. This helps balance out their pH while at the same time providing the vitamin C they need.
But if you are one of the four ANS Parasympathetic types, it’s just the opposite for you. You should stay away from Ascorbic Acid and use Calcium Ascorbate instead.
Your Vitamin C Metabolic Chart
I know this can be confusing, but this is where knowing your Real Metabolic Type helps. It can help you clear the confusion, and help you make sure you are getting not just the right vitamins, but the right sources of those vitamins.
Here’s a list to help you determine which Vitamin C you should take:
- All four Fast Oxidizer types: Calcium Ascorbate
- All four Slow Oxidizer types: Ascorbic Acid
- All four Mixed Oxidizer types: Most take Ascorbic Acid, but check with your advisor
- All four Sympathetic types: Ascorbic Acid
- All four Parasympathetic types: Calcium Ascorbate
- All four Balanced types: Most take Ascorbic Acid, but check with your advisor
As you can see, knowing your Real Metabolic Type makes it much easier. And that’s really what Real Metabolic Typing is all about. Knowing what form of nutrients you need to eat to balance your metabolism, improve your health, control your weight, and get better energy and digestion. By knowing your nutrient sources, even in something as simple as Vitamin C, will allow you to work with your body instead of against it to build health.
It’s probably not surprising to learn that quite a few families get involved in the MetaTyping Nutrition Plan. We have a number of husbands and wives, and parents and children, who are improving their health, controlling their weight, and boosting their energy and digestion by eating metabolically.
Occasionally, I’m asked by people considering Real Metabolic Typing, “Since we are related, will my family members have similar Metabolic Types?”
First of all, husbands and wives often aren’t related – except by marriage. So it’s not unusual for husbands and wives to be of different types. Now with siblings, you might be more likely to find common types, but not always. Being “related” isn’t enough. Just as two average height parents can give birth to a child that grows very tall, internal metabolism is the result of complex genetics.
But as you probably know if you are a faithful reader of my articles, each person’s nutrition needs are unique. And to be healthy, each person needs to eat for their unique metabolism.
So there’s no guarantee that your type will be the same as the types of other members of your family. You might find that you are all similar Metabolic Types, but then again, you might find you aren’t.
Unfortunately, that’s the way things are. There’s no way around that. It’s the way we are born. That’s why “one-size-fits-all” approaches generally don’t work in the long run when it comes to nutrition.
It all comes down to being committed to doing what it takes. I realize it’s difficult when it comes to families. There are families where each member is a different type, so meals are extremely complex. But it is what has to be done if you and your family are serious about health, weight, energy, and digestion.
There’s no doubt that the MetaTyping Nutrition Plan will help you choose the right proportions and types of foods that will have you feeling healthy and energetic.
But once you know the proportions and types of foods you should eat, how do you choose the “right” food?
After all, whether you are choosing a cut of beef for protein, or a pasta or vegetable for carbohydrates, or an oil for fat, you want food that contains the maximum nutrients and gives you the most for your money. This is where the concept of “high quality” foods, or HQ foods, comes in.
HQ foods are foods that contain maximum nutrients, fresh and clean, and are as easily digestible as possible, given your metabolic recommendations.
HQ foods lead to better digestion, healthier internal organs, a stronger nervous system, better brain functioning, and rejuvenation. These foods boost energy and contribute to a strong immune system.
So does the quality of your food really matter? Are low quality foods really a problem?
Eating food with chemicals, pesticides or antibiotics added to them causes your internal systems to work overtime to try and eliminate these substances that the body can’t use and can be actually harmful to your internal systems. Low quality foods drain your energy and compromise your immune system.
The more chemicals, preservatives and additives added or used in the processing of your food which you eat, the more it becomes overwhelmingly difficult for your body to digest your food and eliminate the toxins. At some point, your body begins to show signs of symptoms and disease. These problems may show up as low energy, feeling tired or depressed.
So what are high quality foods? Here are a few examples:
- Meat or Fish
High Quality: Wild-caught, naturally raised
Avoid: Commercially raised, farm-raised
High Quality: Organic, fresh, frozen unsweetened
Avoid: Non-organic, commercially canned
- Nuts and Seeds
High Quality: Fresh, raw, organic only
Avoid: Roasted, salted, commercial
High Quality: Whole, natural, organic
Avoid: White, bleached, processed, sugared
- Oils and Fats
High Quality: Cold pressed, natural, organic, animal fats from grass-fed animals
Avoid: Hydrogenated, heated, rancid, purified or extracted
In general, my recommendations are for whole, unprocessed meats; wild fish from unpolluted waters; and whole, raw nuts, seeds and grains grown on nutrient-rich soil with natural fertilizers. These nutrient-dense foods give us greater amounts of what we need to build or re-build ourselves in both body and mind.
Do you take vitamins, herbs, or supplements? Many people do, thinking that they will help improve their health, energy, and well-being.
In Real Metabolic Typing, we call vitamins, herbs, and supplements by the name “micronutrients”. You probably know what a “nutrient” is. It’s the things a living being needs to be healthy and to thrive. While plants derive nutrients from the soil, air, and sun, we as humans derive nutrients primarily from the food we eat.
There are two types of nutrients we focus on in Metabolic Typing – macronutrients and micronutrients.
“Macro” means “large”, so macronutrients are nutrients we need in large quantities. These are the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates we consume in the food we eat. These macronutrients feed our cells, those little “biochemical factories” that keeps us alive and healthy. That’s really why we eat – to consume macronutrients. Real Metabolic Typing focuses on making sure we have the right sources, and the right mix of these macronutrients.
But supplements are micronutrients. “Micro” means small, so supplements are nutrients we need in small quantities.
Because vitamins and herbs are needed in much smaller amounts than macronutrients, I tell my clients:
1. Supplements are not a substitute for eating right for your Metabolic Type.
While they can help boost your health and energy, by themselves they won’t be enough to solve your health or weight problems. Working with your macronutrient ratios and sources can have a much more direct effect on your long-term health.
2. Supplements are not required for you to be successful.
Yes, when we create your custom nutrition profile, we also include a list of recommended supplements. However, if you are opposed to taking these supplements, that’s fine! While I recommend you take them, because they can help boost the effects of your new nutrition plan, they aren’t required to be successful. Working with your macronutrient rations (the balance of protein, fat, and carbs you consume) and your macronutrient sources (the types of food you consume) are all that’s required.
3. If you take supplements, take them from the right sources.
If you DO decide to take supplements, it’s important that you take supplements that are right for your Metabolic Type. Just like your macronutrient sources, your micronutrient sources need to be compatible with your type. If they aren’t, you are just flushing money down the drain for them. And when you take the wrong supplements, you might just be negating all the good work you are doing with your macronutrients.
So make sure you choose your micronutrients wisely.
Quite a few clients who come to me for help have some sort of health compromise. And many of them are on medication, which often have side effects.
So you may be wondering, “Does medication interfere with finding your Real Metabolic Type?”
With health compromises, we often find that things like surgery or medication may alter your natural body chemistry. As such, when you take a Metabolic Typing test, the test may reflect how you are right now (with all the side effects) rather than your real type.
Of course, that’s exactly what we want. We need to use this altered” type as a starting point, because that’s where you are right now.
You see, in Real Metabolic Type, we have the concept of “functional Metabolic Type” versus “genetic Metabolic Type”. Your functional type is the type you are right now – how you’ve been functioning. We have to start where you are, and work forward from there, to produce long-term, lasting changes in your health.
That’s why we give you two complete nutrition profiles. Whether you are on medication or not, the first profile gives you your functional type. Then after you’ve worked with that profile for a few months, we do a second profile to make sure we’ve gotten to your genetic type.
So if you are on medication, we may have to stay with your functional type for quite a while, especially if it’s a medication you are taking long term. That’s OK though – that’s what we need to do. We need to give your body what it needs while it has the medication in it. If over time you need less of the medication, if your doctor lowers the dosage or takes you off of it, then we can worry about your genetic type.
When you fill out your nutrition questionnaire, I DO want to hear about any symptoms or diagnoses you might have. You should definitely include that on your form, and you can use the “Primary Health Complaints” box for it.
But keep in mind that we’re working at a deeper level than superficial symptoms. We don’t treat symptoms and disease per se. We work with the systems within the body to correct the imbalances. When these systems are more balanced, health is improved.
We’re not just trying to make you “not-sick” like your medication does; we’re trying to make you “healthy”.