Today I am continuing the discussion about how to determine the best foods for your body. The best way to learn is by listening to your body and noticing how you react to food and what your body asks for, but this is very hard to do when we are constantly surrounded by food and have every possible temptation in our grocery store (and sometimes cupboards)!
I am sharing 5 of the tools I use to help my health coach clients sort out what does and does not work for them. Each of these could claim to be THE way to eat, but I find it most helpful to layer them and use that information alongside your personal experiences.
If you missed part one of this series, you can find it here. Number one and two were ancestry and blood type.
3) Metabolic type testing
The oxidation rate was first connected to individual metabolism by Dr Watson in the 1970s, and he discovered two types that do not use energy efficiently: the slow oxidizer and fast oxidizer (or slow burner and fast burner). A few people are balanced types, but most lean more one way or the other.
Ann Louise Gittleman says:
Each of us shows a distinct metabolic profile from the standpoint of ANS (Automatic Nervous System) influence. This is determined by genetically inherited differences in the degrees of sympathetic or parasympathetic dominance…
A metabolic test can help you determine how your body metastasizes food. I prefer the test in Gittleman’s book for my clients (similar to this one ). The results can help you determine if you are a protein-type (fast oxidizer), carb-type (slow-oxidizer), or mixed metabolic type (balanced oxidizer).
Both types can have difficulty with their weight, not just the slow burner. The slow burner can feel sluggish, causing him/her to reach for sugary treats, soda or simple carbs (white flour) for quick energy. The fast burner burns through carbohydrates so quickly they also go searching for more simple carbs and can have intense sugar cravings.
Both can benefit from adjusting their diet to speed up or slow down their metabolism.
Energy in the body is created by the interaction of two biochemical processes, which require specific vitamins and minerals. Individuals should increase the nutrients needed for their type. In addition, slow burners need more lean protein and less fat to provide a steady supply of energy and prevent blood sugar swings, while fast burners need more fat and protein to create satiety.
Gittleman’s book, Your Body Knows Best, is a great resource for more information.
Again, the key is to understand that there is no one diet that works for everyone. This is partly why nutritional information can be so conflicting. What works well for some people can have adverse reactions in others (especially dairy and grains).
Removing the labels and learning to listen to your body is freeing and ultimately, can lead to your best health.
I’ll continue with information on the final two tools next time!
Do you know if you’re a fast burner or a slow burner? Do you pay attention to how particular foods make you feel?