Constructing your own body type friendly meal plan is easier than you might think. If you've eaten through the one-week sample menu for your type and need a little menu planning assistance, follow these six simple steps and you'll be planning healthy, nutritious and balanced meals by dinner time:
1. Review the Dietary Profile for your body type.
The Dietary Profile section provides the backbone of your eating plan, outlining important information such as how many calories should come from fat, special eating tips for weight loss/gain and total caloric intake. Prepped with this knowledge, you've got the dietary inspiration you need for planning every meal of your day.
2. Distinguish which foods you love and which foods you can live without.
Did you review the "Ultra-Support" and "Basic Support" sections for your type and find some that registered a definite "Yuck" response? That's okay. Just because a particular food is good for your body type doesn't mean you have to like it - or even eat it. Simply pick foods which provide what you need (such as dense protein), foods which satisfy your palate and eat those instead.
3. Discover how to schedule your meals for maximum effectiveness.
It really is easy to present your body with the right food at the right time. For instance, types like the Pituitary, Kidney, Medulla, Pineal and Pancreas (sometimes) do not assimilate dense protein in the evenings. Other body types crave dense protein in the morning for an extra energy boost. The "Scheduling Meals" section of Different Bodies, Different Diets demonstrates what types of foods should be eaten at what times for your type.
4. Start slowly
Are you the type who immediately dives into a diet cold turkey? Well relax! It's actually better to take your new eating plan slowly but steadily. If you change your eating style too quickly and become overwhelmed or frustrated by the unfamiliar regiment, you'll give up.
To be smart, start by eating one body type friendly meal a day (like breakfast). That way, you get used to choosing and combining foods for only one meal and you're on your way to an overall healthier diet plan. Once you get the hang of creating satisfying, healthy breakfasts, it's easier to plan lunchtime then dinnertime. Successfully integrate your new eating habits over time.
5. Pay attention to food combinations.
If you've ever enjoyed a meal and found yourself feeling tired and groggy later it's because the wrong combinations of foods can cause symptoms ranging from mild indigestion, a heavy or sluggish feeling, nausea, weight gain or fatigue. If you pay attention to your body and notice these signs, you'll quickly learn what food combinations energize you, and which combinations leave you feeling flat.
6. Rotate your foods
It is important to add as much variety to your diet as possible. Your body obtains different nutrients from different foods, so rotating your foods is crucial. If you eat the same foods all the time, even if they're great for your body type, you're not getting the nutrients your body needs.
After learning my body type, I made a few easy changes to my eating patterns. Now I seldom have indigestion and my energy level is consistent throughout the day.
Myke, Oceanside, CA