The question “what should I eat?” coupled with the question of “what do I eat?” are two of the more common questions I receive from people after telling them I am a nutritionist. My short answer to the what should you eat question is I do not know what someone should eat without conducting some testing and analysis. I also answer the question about what I eat generally, but immediately caveat it by saying it really does not matter what I eat because we are all so different and have such different nutrient requirements. I can also expand to tell them some of my stories (and mistakes) in following someone else’s diet; from when I following some the top bodybuilder’s in the 80s diets and failing miserably to achieve results, to also following a top professional triathlete’s diet of mostly plant based foods when training for an Ironman in 2004 and again resulting in poor performance, and consistent injuries, illness and low energy levels. At the time I could not figure out what I was doing wrong as I was following their advice to the T. What I know now is the foods that may have allowed them to achieve optimum performance were not right for me, and as the saying goes “one man’s food is another man’s poison.” You can read a little more about my story on my website, but in short I have been a life long student of nutrition, but was struggling to find the right diet for me. I had followed many nutrition experts up until this point, but most provided very broad, general advice for the masses, nothing specific. Life was all about trial and error for me as it related to nutrition. The great news is I now strongly feel that I have found a way to answer the question of “what should you eat?”.
It was a little after my major failure in my Ironman training diet that I first heard of Bill Wolcott and his Metabolic Typing system. My study and experiences to this point were leading me in the direction of finding an individualized nutrition system. I was so excited to read about Bill’s work and to finally learn a process of how I could determine nutritional requirements for me. Metabolic Typing is the system that Bill started and is based on almost 40 years of experience in custom designing programs suited to each person's unique Metabolic Type. They follow a belief that the body is designed to be healthy. That good health is everyone's birthright and that the ability to experience radiant health is part of the genetic code built into every cell in your body. What you need to do in order to reclaim your birthright is to understand what YOUR body needs as opposed to someone else's, in order to function the way it was intended it to achieve optimum health. I should note that I am now part of the company Diet Typing Systems. I respect Bill and his process, but have moved on with new company and with what think is a simplified diet and process.
I should add that the process also involves a lot more than just identifying the right foods too, at the basic level it involves maximizing the right things for you; which include the right foods, light, air and water as well as other areas to include digestion, absorption, elimination and detoxification while minimizing the wrong things for you in life. Some examples of the wrong things include bad food (non-organic, processed, sports drinks, soft drinks, refined foods), bad air, poor digestion, and stressors such as emotional, structural, environmental and physical stress. Getting these things right will result in optimal health. I understand this can all seem daunting to some people and that is why I am here, to help you through the process. This process starts with taking an online test, which will determine your metabolic type, and then working with me once a week for 8 weeks to maximize the right things and minimize the wrong things.
I am excited to be able to finally answer the question of “what should you eat?” and share this knowledge and process with people to help them achieve optimum health.