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The right foods for your type

MagazineFebruary 2005 (Vol. 15 Issue 11)The right foods for your type

Protein types should:* eat protein at every meal* emphasise high-density, high-purine, high-fat foods* go easy with grains (wholegrains only), and avoid all breads except sprouted-grain and sourdough breads* emphasise vegetables grown above ground* eat the following sparingly: corn, potatoes, beets, and carrots, all of which are high-glycaemic-index foods* monitor fruit consumption - limit to avocado, unripened apples, pears and bananas, and no citrus * have vegetable juices in moderation and avoid fruit juices* eat nuts* freely eat fats of all varieties (including real butter, natural cold-pressed oils and non-hydrogenated margarines)* snack as needed* avoid caffeine, sugar and uncooked foods high in oxalic acids that interfere with calcium absorption (such as black tea, chocolate, cranberries, grapes and strawberries)* avoid foods high in phytates (wheat, oats, soy and soy milk), which can lead to mineral deficiencies, allergies, intestinal distress and bone loss, as they interfere with your high need for calcium

Protein types should:
* eat protein at every meal
* emphasise high-density, high-purine, high-fat foods
* go easy with grains (wholegrains only), and avoid all breads except sprouted-grain and sourdough breads
* emphasise vegetables grown above ground
* eat the following sparingly: corn, potatoes, beets, and carrots, all of which are high-glycaemic-index foods
* monitor fruit consumption - limit to avocado, unripened apples, pears and bananas, and
no citrus
* have vegetable juices in moderation and avoid fruit juices
* eat nuts
* freely eat fats of all varieties (including real butter, natural cold-pressed oils and non-hydrogenated margarines)
* snack as needed
* avoid caffeine, sugar and uncooked foods high in oxalic acids that interfere with calcium absorption (such as black tea, chocolate, cranberries, grapes and strawberries)
* avoid foods high in phytates (wheat, oats, soy and soy milk), which can lead to mineral deficiencies, allergies, intestinal distress and bone loss, as they interfere with your high need for calcium. If you do consume them, eat grains soaked overnight or soy products that have been traditionally fermented
* avoid foods high in gluten, which are hard to digest.

Carbohydrate types should:
* eat protein at every meal
* eat relatively small amounts of protein and fats compared with carbohydrates
* avoid heavier, high-purine proteins and eat lighter proteins
* eat a wide selection of good-quality organic carbohydrates, and avoid eating high-glycaemic-index carbohydrates
* balance high-glycaemic foods with protein
* eat nuts and seeds sparingly
* use fats and oils sparingly
* balance your carbohydrate intake
* eat plenty of good-quality grains and bread
* enjoy freshly made vegetable juices
* avoid fruit juices
* limit legumes that are high in purines
* snack only as needed
* avoid caffeine and quick fixes of sugar
* avoid foods high in fat
* avoid thyroid-suppressing foods such as raw broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard, rutabaga and watercress. If you do eat these foods frequently, cook them (which inactivates the thyroid-suppressing chemical called 'thiocyanates') and supplement with kelp, which contains iodine.

In addition, when working out your meal ratios:
* observe the glycaemic index of foods (see the WDDTY Longevity Report)
* take drinks into account: 6 oz of orange juice from frozen concentrate delivers 21 g of carbohydrate
* remember to calculate the carbohydrate content of alcohol. Many wine coolers, liqueurs and cocktails have a high sugar content. As a rule of thumb, consider alcohol or a sweet drink as a serving of carbohydrates
* don't forget to account for butter, dressings and gravies. Too high a fat content can throw off your meal ratio, and make a carbo type feel dull or full and cause him to require extra carbohydrate. Protein types need to watch out for sweet sauces containing large amounts of sugar
* take account of fatty-acid supplements when calculating your meal ratios. A carbo type can throw a meal off balance simply by taking as little as 2 g of fish oil. Carbo types wishing to take EFA supplements may need to adjust and increase the carbohydrate content of their food

Finally, retest your metabolic type every couple of months. It is common for your type to change as you become healthier.


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