Have you ever tried different diets and eating regiments to find out after a few days, or weeks , or years that you’ve been feeling pretty rotten? Have you ever fallen asleep right after a meal? Have you felt tired all the time? Have you looked less than vibrant?
I’ve played dietary roulette almost my entire life. I have read about and practiced many types of eating regiments . I’ve been a vegetarian, eaten a raw foods diet, followed a macrobiotic diet, practiced the Blood Type Diet, combined my foods properly, managed on the Atkins’ Diet, tried the Zone Diet, enjoyed recipes from the Rosedale Diet, and implemented the Metabolic Typing Diet.
After many years and many recipes, I’ve concluded that the foods I eat must nourish my body. Eating whole, organic foods is a basic essential. When I say whole, organic foods, I mean foods that have been grown in soil that is herbicide and pesticide free, foods that are preservative free, unprocessed, not genetically modified, and grown locally and sustainably.
In addition to eating the best real food, I’ve also learned that listening to my body is essential. I had been a vegetarian for about ten years when one day, I felt a tremendous need to eat some beef. It was a struggle for me to give up my vegetarianism, but when I took the first bit of beef, I felt totally satisfied. On another occasion, I had an urge to eat lamb. I don’t believe I had ever eaten lamb before, but after the first bite, I again felt totally satisfied. I didn’t eat a plateful. I only ate a small portion. It just hit the spot! I had more energy. My body knew exactly what it needed.
The strange thing was twenty years or so later, my husband suggested that I read a book he had just finish reading, The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey. The book describes three metabolic types. Each type needs different ratios of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in each meal: the protein type does better eating more protein, less carbohydrates, and more fat; the carbohydrate type does better eating more carbohydrates, less protein, and less fat; and the combination type will do better eating equal amounts of protein and carbohydrates. I read the book and took the test to identify my metabolic type. The results did not surprise me!
We are bio-chemically individuals. We each need a diet that suits our individual nutrition needs. The same foods for my vegetarian friends made me feel fatigued. This is an example of the proverb, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”. We need diets tailored to our individual bio-chemical needs.
What do you think is my metabolic type based on the above account?
I’d love to hear about your experiences.
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