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Friday, August 29, 2008

Holisstic Hottie™: You Are What You Eat

It's so cliche but it's oooh so very true.

What you eat affects EVERY system in your body.

Without getting too scientific: The wrong foods can and will affect your muscular, skeletal, fascial, endocrine, nervous, immune, blood-sugar, lymphatic, hormonal/reproductive, mood and brain/central nervous systems. Yes, eating the wrong things MIGHT be the source of your aches, pains, extra body fat, mental fog, acne, exzcema, menstrual cramps, lethargy, and ____ (fill in blank).

If you subject your body to phoney foods or foods you are *intolerant* to, your body won't like it and will rebel in some way. This will affect one, or honestly, ALL of the above systems in some way, shape or form.

It'll let things slide for a while - the body is amazingly resilient. But eventually, something's gotta' give. If you keep doing the same things, whatever your condition is will get worse or you'll suffer a health crisis. For some people, being heavier than they would prefer is "the crisis." For others, their wake-up call is something more drastic.

Let's not forget Einstein's definition of insanity: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

I believe we, as humans, are designed to enjoy food. The food we find in nature is the food our body naturally wants, enjoys and knows how to process.

So - ENJOY food. But eat the real stuff and pay attention to how it affects the body physically and emotionally.

After eating a meal, you want to feel like this:

  • Full (not stuffed) and satisfied
  • ZERO sweet cravings or desire for more food
  • No need to snack before next meal (approx. 4 hours later)
  • Restored energy and mental clarity
  • Uplifted emotionally.

NOT this:

  • Low energy, lethargic, sleepy, dull OR tired but wired, jumpy mind, nervous energy
  • Mentally sluggish
  • Heavy gut
  • Craving for sweets
  • Craving for coffee/tea (caffeine) OR fat and/or protein
  • Craving for ANYTHING.

If you tend to feel more like the "NOT this" list, it might be a good idea to fine-tune your meal according to your Metabolic Type ... and/or look into possible food *intolerances* which I'll discuss another time.

First things first! :)

METABOLIC TYPING (MT):

It's not a diet. It's a system that was created to help people identify what their body naturally needs to function optimally by identifying genetic strengths and weaknesses.

MT is not a cookie-cutter theory. There is no One-Size-Fits-All.

It logically and scientifically provides a dietary solution that is tailored to the individual because "what works for one person may have no effect on another person, and may make a third person worse" (William Wolcott, developer and author of The Metabolic Typing Diet).

This is one of the reasons why some people lose desired weight on an Atkins' type of diet (high protein, low carb) while others lose it on a vegetarian-based diet (low protein, high carb)!

To take the Metabolic Typing Questionnaire and discover which type you are, click here and I'll personally email you the form so you can get started on your journey. Or you can take the simplified version online here.

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