How to figure out what foods work best for you

(Original article written by Lewis Balentine for our free report entitled “The Ten Factors Critical to a Truly Individualized Program”)

In the post I talked about how each individual has a different chemical make-up, thus different nutritional needs. The good news is that your body is always communicating with you to help you figure out yours. It is always telling you what it needs and when it needs is. You just have to learn how to interpret the feedback your body is giving you. On the most basic level, the purpose of eating is to give the cellular body the nourishment it needs to function. This cellular function has ramifications throughout the rest of the body as described above. Therefore you should be able to “track” the quality of your meals by paying attention to how you feel one or two hours after eating. Ask yourself, “What is my appetite now? Do I have any cravings? How is my energy level? Do I feel mental sharpness?” This is how your body “talks” to you. This is the language that tells you exactly what you need. Any “bad reactions” could be the result of non-supportive foods.

Start with simple and uncomplicated meals. Try to minimize the variables and see how your food is affecting you. Be sure to incorporate protein, fat, and carbohydrates at each meal. Carbohydrates should be of the complex variety (vegetables, leafy greens, and fresh fruit) rather than simple (most breads and pastas). Play with your proportions of macronutrients (protein, fat/oils, and carbohydrates). Track the effects your meals are having using the chart below. If you experience any bad reactions, change one item at a time until you feel better after the meal. Then you can alter proportions of macronutrients to further refine your meals. With time you should begin to gain a notion of what your body is asking for and how much it needs.

Know that what we do to evaluate a person’s metabolic type is very involved and helps speed up the narrowing down process. Without knowing your specific biochemical situation, this advice is simply just a place to start.

 

Good reactions 

Bad reactions 

 

Appetite

Satiety

Cravings 

 

Feel full, satisfied 

 

Feel physically full but hungry 

 

Do NOT have sweet cravings 

 

Have a desire for something sweet 

 

Do NOT desire more food 

 

Not satisfied, feel something was missing 

 

Do NOT feel hungry 

 

Already hungry 

 

Do NOT need a snack 

 

Feel the need for a snack 

 

Energy Levels 

 

Energy feels renewed 

 

Meal gave too much or too little energy 

 

Have good, lasting, “normal” sense of energy

 

Became hyper, jittery, or speedy 

   

Felt hyper, but exhausted underneath 

 

Energy tanked, exhausted, sleepy 

 

Mind

Emotions

Well-being 

 

Improved well-being 

 

Mentally slow, sluggish or “spacey” 

 

Sense of feeling refueld, renewed, restored

 

Inability to think quickly or orderly 

 

Some emotional upliftment 

 

Hyper, overly rapid thoughts 

 

Improved mental clarity and sharpness 

 

Inability to focus or concentrate 

 

Normalization of thought process 

 

Apathy, depression, withdrawal or sadness

   

Anxious, obsessive, fearful, angry, or irritable 

 

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