How to eat your favorite foods … the metabolic way!
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.