Your Diet Type appears to be Balanced.
Introduction to Metabolic Typing
Metabolic typing represents the work of many doctors, researchers and biochemists over the last 70 years. The basic concept is that everyone is metabolically unique and one man's meat is another man's poison. Many claim with complete confidence that when your metabolic type is correctly assessed and your diet and supplements adjusted accordingly, optimal health, with prevention and reversing of disease, can be achieved. They believe that metabolic typing is much more effective than 'one size fits all" generalized nutritional approaches.
Modern medicine looks at the condition and seeks to treat it. Metabolic typing looks at the person and seeks to treat them. When the person is treated correctly, many health problems resolve on their own. This is an important distinction to make. Discovering more about you will help your health problems be less.
Dr. William Kelley, with degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, biology and dentistry, developed an untreatable, aggressive form of pancreatic cancer before the age of 40. With a vegetarian diet and individualized nutrient approach, he recovered and soon was treating others. Then his wife became seriously ill and he applied the same vegetarian diet and nutrients to her. She failed to respond, becoming worse. After many failed attempts to help her, there was nothing left to do but add meat to her diet. Her recovery was swift and dramatic. From his growing experience and the work of others, he went on to develop a clinical tool for assessing metabolic individuality.
There have been no blinded trials supporting or disproving metabolic typing. This can be partially explained. Once Dr. Kelly concluded which diets benefited which types, he was understandably unwilling to give a seriously ill patient a diet that he knew would make them worse. Like any compassionate person, it would be unethical to use a placebo on someone who is seriously ill, when you know of a treatment that would help. However, if all of the treatments available to a doctor are poor, then it is much easier to conduct a trial. More research does need to be done in the area of metabolic typing.
Why do two people with the same condition, not respond similarly to the same treatment? Apart from actually having different problems, it is possibly because they are biochemically different. If everyone was internally and chemically identical, some diets would work better than others, and each would work uniformly throughout the group. As it is, there are many successes and failures within a particular diet type, as well as success and failure on opposite type diets. The confusion is reduced when metabolic type is considered first, before recommending a diet.
The Analyst is using several such disciplines to make recommendations that will be of the most use to you. More information and further testing regarding metabolic typing, if needed, can be obtained through a service called HealthExcel. Until more research can confirm this approach, you and your doctor must decide and discover what works for you.
If you think of your food as fuel, then the proportions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats can be viewed as your fuel mixture. If you get the right fuel for your type and the right fuel mixture, you'll have a powerful force at work. Your food will be efficiently converted to energy rather than stored as fat.
Characteristics of Your Metabolic Type
Balanced types fall in between the negative (Protein/Fat) and positive (Carbohydrate) types. They are a mixture of the two.
Here are some typical tendencies that you may have in common with other Balanced Types:
Cravings for sweets and carbohydrates. Typically, Balanced types don't get cravings. However, if they don't carefully manage their diet by making sure they get a good balance of foods, they could shift into a Protein Type or a Veggie/Carbo type pattern and develop cravings, particularly for sweets.
Weight Control. Although Balanced types are less likely to have a problem with weight, when they slip into eating a restricted, or one-sided, diet (too much on the negative or positive side), they can develop weight problems.
Fatigue, Anxiety, Nervousness. Although Balanced types have the potential to develop more problems than other types, they are also less likely to do so.
Dietary Emphasis for Balanced Types
Overall, Protein types need to focus on obtaining larger amounts of protein and fat in their diet, and minimizing their carbohydrate intake. As a rule, Carbo types need to do just the opposite - eat less protein and fat and increase intake of carbohydrates.
Because you are a balanced type (neither the autonomic or carbo-oxidative system dominant), there are NO nutrient recommendations at this time, based solely on your metabolic type. Your choice of nutrients can be based on those which have worked for people with your symptoms, such as those listed in the treatment section and your personal experience (things you have learned about what you do well with and without.
You need to get a good balance of high-purine, high-fat proteins and low-purine, low-fat proteins. Likewise, you need to make sure you get a good mix of vegetables and fruits that are good for both Protein and Carbo types.
Each day your meals need to include foods from both groups. For this reason, you'll need to become familiar with the Allowable Foods Charts for both Protein and Carbo types.
The DIETARY CHARTS used in food selection for maintaining balance for your metabolic type are located HERE. You need to be eating from both the Carbohydrate and Protein tables equally.
There are different kinds of proteins. There are those that are high in fat and high in purines and there are those that are low in fat and low in purines. The high-fat, high-purine proteins provide the best fuel for Protein types, but are inappropriate for the Carbo types. On the other hand, low-fat, low-purine proteins are good for Carbo types but inadequate for Protein types. Therefore you must be sure to get a good balance of both types of proteins.
At the opposite end of the spectrum from proteins are carbohydrates. Certain vegetables contribute to balancing the body chemistry of Protein types, while other vegetables do the same for Carbo types. In addition, Carbo types tend to handle starchy foods quite well, whereas starches can pose major problems for Protein types. For these reasons, Balanced types do best when they get a balance of both types of vegetables.
You will do best on a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates - the typical "balanced meal. Finding the right balance among protein, fat, and carbohydrate is your key to losing weight, feeling energized both mentally and physically, and staying on an even keel emotionally. Over the longer term, such a diet, if properly followed and tailored to your metabolic individuality, can prevent you from developing many serious degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular problems, immune deficiency, blood sugar abnormalities, osteoporosis, arthritis, digestive disorders, and other chronic illnesses rooted in metabolic imbalance.
Key points to remember:
- Eat Protein at every meal.
- Have a mix of Protein type and Carbo type foods each day
- Snack as needed
- Dairy products are OK if you are sure you donít do poorly on them
- Be on guard against too many starchy and refined carbohydrates. Grains in moderation, including bread.
- Be careful about too many fruits. Avoid fruit juice. Moderate fresh vegetable juice is OK.
- Use fats and oils generously. Donít forget to balance the omega 6 and omega 3 oils. In general: butter - yes; margarine - no.
50% of your diet should come from proteins and fats, 50% from carbohydrates. The Zone Diet meets the requirement of having some protein, fat and carbohydrate at each meal. Follow this link to several different books available on this subject at DrSears.com