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You Are What You Eat

by Michelle Owen
Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesioligist (C.H.E.K L3)
Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach (C.H.E.K N.L.C L2)
www.fitness-n-function.co.nz

eatingNothing else recharges our energy but the food that we eat. We can not plug into a power point to recharge over night like a cell phone or computer. Our energy only comes from the quality and balance of food we choose to eat.

Learning about the healthy whole foods we should eat to obtain health and vitality is important. Also when we understand the hormonal effects that poor food choices have on our whole wellbeing we can start to understand that we have to maintain an intake of healthy, well balanced nutrition. It is also critical to know what Metabolic Type we are. Knowing this, we are then able to select quality, whole food and organic food options that provide our bodies with the correct fuel mix we need to maintain a healthy metabolism.

Metabolic Typing, the “No Diet, Diet”
If you feel good eating should, at the very least, help to maintain your energy levels but you feel worse in some way an hour or so after eating such as:

  • You still feel hungry even though you are physically full
  • You develop a sweet craving
  • Your energy level drops
  • You feel hyper, nervous, angry or irritable
  • You feel depressed

Any of the above feelings would indicate an improper combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates at your last meal. You might be eating quality, organic whole foods which are extremely healthy but having too much of one type of nutrient in place of another can easily produce any or all of the symptoms listed above, by creating the wrong fuel mix for your body.

Metabolic Typing is the only system that allows us to create customised nutritional programs based on your unique biochemical and genetic makeup. Different Metabolic Types react differently to the same nutrients.

This is a very important fact as this is why food that makes one person healthy and trim might make another unhealthy and overweight, for example Atkins verses South beach diet or Aborigine verses Eskimo diets. Eating for your correct Metabolic Type can also assist you to loose undesired body fat without using one or many of the diet methods available. Over the years I have seen examples one after the other where clients that have
changed to eating for their Metabolic Type have stripped away body fat without going on a so called Diet. By eating for their correct type, it is quite usual to see this sort of effect when someone maintains the correct mix of nutrient types for their Metabolic Typing. This is what we call the “No Diet, Diet”

Different Metabolic Types
There are three types of Metabolic Types:

  • PROTEIN TYPE
  • CARBOHYDRATE TYPE, and
  • MIXED TYPE

Protein types - Protein types are fast oxidizers or parasympathetic dominant. They tend to be frequently hungry, crave fatty, salty foods, fail with low-calorie diets, and tend towards fatigue, anxiety, and nervousness. They are often lethargic or feel "wired", "on edge", with superficial energy while being tired underneath.

Carbo types - Carbo types are slow oxidizers or sympathetic dominant. They generally have relatively weak appetites, a high tolerance for sweets, problems with weight management, "type A" personalities, and are often dependent on caffeine.

Mixed types - Mixed types are neither fast or slow oxidizers, and are neither parasympathetic or sympathetic dominant. They generally have average appetites, cravings for sweets and starchy foods, relatively little trouble with weight control, and tend towards fatigue, anxiety, and nervousness.

What are the guidelines for the diet?
According to the metabolic typing diet, the three metabolic types should eat the following foods:

  • Protein types should eat diets that are rich in protein, fats and oils, and high-purine proteins such as organ meats, pate, beef liver, chicken liver, and beef. Carbohydrate intake should be low.
  • Carbo types should eat diets that are high in carbohydrates and low in protein, fats, and oils. They should eat light, low-purine proteins.
  • Mixed types should eat a mixture of high-fat, high-purine proteins and low-fat, low-purine proteins such as cheese, eggs, yogurt, tofu, nuts. This type requires relatively equal ratios of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

The History of Metabolic Typing
In the 1930's, dentist Weston Price began expeditions around the world and uncovered the link between modern eating habits and chronic degenerative diseases. He studied the differences in diet composition in different indigenous communities.

He wanted to find out why these indigenous cultures and the specific composition of their nutritional intake, (diet), often made up of either high carbohydrate or high protein content and the fact that their specific diet created such healthy individuals with the low rates if any of chronic degenerative diseases and illness.

In many of these cultures cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses were generally unheard of. He also discovered that there was no one diet that would be healthy for all people -- there was too much variation in climate, local produce, environmental conditions, heredity, genetics, culture.

In later years, George Watson, Roger Williams, William Kelley, and others continued research in this area. They all realised that all people were different in the nutritional needs for each individual. They also found that for a cell to function at optimal health and operation it needed to be fed the correct balance of nutrients that are right for the persons Metabolic Typing.

Do You need Metabolic Typing
If you're interested in looking for answers to a health problem or are simply looking for a way to stay healthy, have more energy or vitality, find out your Metabolic Type. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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How to Eat Move & Be Healthy - By Paul Chek
The Metabolic Typing Diet - by William Linz Wolcott

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