Connecting to last week’s post on Metabolic Typing®, I’m returning to a request I made last June.
For the next week please write down all the foods you eat and all the beverages you drink. You do not have to count calories, weigh food, or record the amounts of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. First, just make note of the foods and drinks you consume.
Then, one to two hours after eating record how you feel. Ask yourself questions such as:
- “Am I still hungry?”
- “Do I have certain cravings?”
- “How’s my energy level?”
- “What’s my mood?”
- “Is my thinking focused and clear or just the opposite?”
I ask people to do this exercise because I discovered, in working with them, many individuals have lost touch with their bodies, and the clues it provides them. We often eat mindlessly and never make the connection between the foods we consume and how we feel afterwards.
After a week, take time to review your reactions. Some new questions to consider:
- “Do certain foods always create the same reactions, moods, and feelings within you?”
- “Do you feel full and satisfied or do you feel physically full, but still hungry?”
- “Which foods produced cravings and what types?”
- “Which foods improve your energy, and which ones drain it?”
Take note. Do you notice any patterns emerging?
As an example, I had a client who regularly ate frozen dinners from a “healthy” company.
Her records revealed that whenever she consumed these frozen meals she had reactions such as stomach upset, low energy, slight headaches, and feeling unsatisfied. Like many of us, she had never thought about how her body reacts to the food she eats. When I pointed out the negative reactions she had associated with those meals, she finally made the connection. She dropped those “healthy” frozen entrees from her diet.
As a follow-up, for one week eat/drink only the foods and beverages that gave you positive reactions, and again, record how you feel one or two hours after eating. Be aware of and really observe the changes in your body.
The foods that work for you and those that don’t work reflect your uniqueness. Chances are if a family member or friend did this exercise with the same foods/beverages, they would have different results/reactions. Thus, this connects to Metabolic Typing’s® philosophy that we are all biochemically unique.
I hope this exercise assists you in making new and healthy decisions around your food and drink choices.