An ally in my diabetes arsenal is the knowledge of what foods are best for me, myself, and I. A while back I read a book called The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey. I found the information priceless and life enhancing and recommend you read it.
Scientists and clinicians involved in the science of metabolic typing have been pointing out to us that there is a perfect diet for everyone and yet each person’s perfect diet is different from the other. You know, “one man’s food is another man’s poison”. Basically, your genetic make up determines what you should eat. Biochemical and metabolic clues are identified and patterns pop up letting us know how a person’s body is able to use specific foods.
If your ancestors are from a place where a lot of meat and low carbohydrate foods were consumed, you may very well thrive better on those types of foods. People over time tend to evolve and adapt in order to best survive with what foods they have available to them.
Studies have shown that when a native culture which has for many many years eaten a consistent diet suddenly is introduced to different foods (which another culture may do fine with) a change is observed. People straying from their usual types of foods generally gain weight, have crooked teeth, suffer health problems, and in general simply don’t thrive.
It has been noted many times in mainstream media that African American and Hispanic persons living in the United States have much higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Part of this can coincide with the fact that these groups generally have less education and lower incomes BUT, what about those who exercise and eat healthy? We know African Americans have an ancestry which not that long ago originated and spent much time elsewhere. We also know that this country didn’t have many Hispanics until very recently.
African Americans and Hispanics typically have ancestors whom spent much time in the sun, gathering crucial vitamin D and eating foods perhaps not widely eaten or found in the United States. The darker the complexion a person has, the MORE sunlight they need in order to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D does so much for the body and so it is very frightening to know most Americans are deficient (especially in the winter season). The best way to get vitamin D is through the sun but, if you are unable to, you can take vitamin D3 supplements. Before you do this however, ask your doctor to test your vitamin D level in your blood as you can overdose. Luckily if you get it from the sun, you will never overdose. (Isn’t nature perfect?)
Now, doesn’t this metabolic typing stuff explain why some people lost tons of weight on the popular Atkins diet (which removed all carbohydrates from one’s diet) and others didn’t lose any weight at all? Some unfortunate souls even gained weight.
I took a test to find out what my metabolic type was and out of Protein type, Mixed type, and Carbohydrate type, I tested carbohydrate. Made sense when I found out many people from tropical climates are carbohydrate types. I was born in Venezuela where all of my family is also from. The people there have thrived on corn, black beans, rice, yucca root, sugar cane, and fruits for a very long time. No wonder I feel sleepy after eating steak, and energized after a slice of whole grain toast. My husband who is originally from Mexico and where people tend to eat quite a bit of meat and low carb foods like avocados and spinach seems to fall asleep after spaghetti and yet have boundless energy after some eggs and bacon.
The key to finding this metabolic typing thing useful is to take a test to find out your type which you can do here: free metabolic typing test, or take the more accurate $40 test here. (Or buy the book for less than $40 and take the full test provided inside along with what-to-do-next info!)
To read all about the topic of metabolic typing and find out what foods go with which type, check out Mercola.com on nutritional typing.
This discovery of metabolic typing is the reason I eat small amounts of fruit and whole grains. I know that as a diabetic it simplifies my life to go low carb but, no carbs would make me feel tired all day so I balance things the best I can manage. I feel much better than I used to with this information, which is why I’m sharing it with you today. Most people are probably a mixed type, but if you take the test and see you sway more towards protein or carbohydrate type, don’t you want to know so you eat food which supports, not hinders your health?
Do remember that if you are type 2 diabetic, you need to probably stay away or really reduce carbohydrate intake until your body (hopefully!) stabilizes. Use this as a guide into recognizing what your body is most built to eat and always talk to your doctor about diet changes you are considering.
Anyone know their type? Let me know what you think about this! I’m looking forward to your responses.
Your fellow diabetic,