Keep a food diary for a week. Your metabolism – how your body uses enzymes to change food into energy – is unique. Study yours by writing down everything you eat and drink, how it makes you feel after eating and any cravings.
Work out your metabolic type: protein, carbohydrate (grains, veg and fruits) or mixed. The right diet should make you feel energised, focused and emotionally balanced, naturopath and nutritionist Naomi Judge says. Use your diary to get an idea of how carb-heavy and protein-rich meals make you feel.
Know your triggers. If you’re a protein type, you may be prone to low blood pressure and blood sugar, allergies, lethargy, diarrhoea and excess appetite. You may also be more creative, calm or emotional. Judge says a guideline diet ratio is 40 per cent protein, 30 per cent carbs and 30 per cent fats, similar to a typical paleo diet.
Eat right for your type. Protein types should keep alkalising foods to a minimum and use meat to strengthen their system, Judge says. Centre meals around quality animal protein (red meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs), good fats (cold-pressed oils, avocados, nuts and seeds) and non-starchy veg with less grains, fruit and sweets.
Look out for signs of high blood sugar, constipation and sweet cravings. These are symptoms of a carbohydrate type. You may also be highly strung but find it easy to concentrate. Judge says a good diet ratio is 25 per cent protein, 60 per cent carbs and 15 per cent fats. This type suitsvegetarian and raw food diets, especially green leafy veg and fruit.
Are your moods and energy not easily influenced by what you eat? If so, you’re likely to be a mixed type, who generally has less food-related health issues. A good diet ratio for you is 40 per cent protein, 35 per cent carbs and 25 per cent fats. If meals are balanced, you’ll likely befree of digestive issues.
Eat mostly fresh food to suit your metabolic type. This can have a positive impact on many areas of your life, but if you still struggle with weight gain or fatigue, make an appointment with a qualified naturopath who specialises in metabolic typing as they’ll help you understand the way your body responds to various foods.