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Healthy Lifestyle Club: Week Two - The Plan of Attack!

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Armed with their completed homework sheets and tallied scores our band of health revolutionaries arrived at our second meeting eager to find out what all the questionnaires and food diaries had been leading up to.  After a quick totting up of scores each person had a starting point for their journey to better health, they had their metabolic type established for them.  This was just the beginning though (it would have been a really quick meeting otherwise!) as knowing your metabolic type is just the start of discovering the right mix of macronutrients  that fuel you best.Metabolic typing has three main groups that individuals fit into, you can have either a carbohydrate, protein or mixed "type" metabolism.  The really interesting and unique part about metabolic typing though is that far from simply prescribing three differing "cookie cutter" diets dependant on your type it's all about finding out for yourself what the best blend of foods is for you.  Your "type" is more a set of guiding principals than a rigid doctrine. 

So it was that we discussed how we were going to go about implementing the ideas each persons metabolic type.  For example for the mixed types, who perhaps surprisingly are the most difficult to fine tune because of the lack of absolute no-nos,  started with a relatively strict three day period of avoiding high starch foods such as Squashes, Potatoes and Bread.  During this time plenty of low starch vegetables and quality protein sources are consumed before gradually reintroducing starchy foods over a period of days small amount at a time until you feel your energy levels are balanced, you feel full after meals and a whole range of other tell tale signs we discussed during the meeting.  This is just one example of the experimentation required to find what works best to fuel you. 

So there you go; it's not as straight forward as just eating what ever I tell you to.  How the hell would I know what fuels your metabolism best?  You on the other hand are the perfect person to tell if a particular meal or food has fueled you well and adjust your meals accordingly.  It's just about listening to what your body is telling you and giving it what it needs.

It's been a week now since the group started implementing their metabolic type plans and from the messages I've received so far it' going pretty well, there's been some weight loss, there's been some creativity in the kitchen but there's also been a few stumbling blocks too.  Variety of food choice is an issue that crops up with people in the early stages of a metabolic type plan.  When you ask people to try avoiding high starch foods and sugar, even for a limited time, it can really highlight how relient we are on these foods in our daily diet as "filler" to bulk out meals and snacks.  My answer to anyone who say's they are stuggling with a lack variety is in the early stages of any change it's all about the planning.  Plan what you're going to eat that day and make sure you have the necessary ingredients.  Don't have much time in the morning to make breakfast and find it hard to resist the quick toast fix?  Then how about making extra dinner the night before and having left-overs for breakfast?  An omelet takes minutes to make etc etc.  Plan to succeed and it's far easier to do it!

Like I say, from what I've heard it's a case of so far, so good.  We'll see how everyone's getting on on Wednesday when we meet for our third session.  Watch this space....

As well as these group sessions Neil does one-on-one nutrition coaching and metabolic type analysis so if your interest has been piqued by this call me and ask for more details.
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