You’ve made the wonderful decision to work out, take better care of your body, and get into healthier shape. You exercise, properly warm up and cool down, and hopefully are more attentive to what you’re now putting in your body.

But do you actually know what type of diet and nutrition is best for you? For some body types, carbs are the primary culprit in not only weight loss (if that is one of your goals) but general energy level. For others, it’s total calories, and still others it might be fats.

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It LOOKS healthy, but is it?
In the book “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William L. Wolcott and Trish Fahey, they use a scientific system to easily help you determine what type of nutrition your particular type of body not only craves, but requires.

As much as it seems like something we should be aware of, (given today’s busy lifestyles and the ease of getting literally any type of food at any time,) it’s incredibly helpful to have a little assistance. I’ve included a link to a simple questionnaire to help offer insight into yoursCheck out The Metabolic Type Self-Test.

Their approach is based on the determination that our unique body types are a hand-me-down of our ancestors and the diverse environmental variations we come from. When you think about it, doesn’t that make sense?
There is separate research of certain tribes around the globe, such as the Masai, whose diets completely contradict medical science’s opinion of the link of dietary fat to heart disease. As a result of Masai tribal integration into modern societies, changes in their diet have even created health problems for them.

Of course it’s unlikely that your body’s nutritional needs are as clear-cut as that, but imagine this – what if by exploring this personalized diet, you felt and saw changes in your energy level, the way your body metabolizes fat, and even the health of your skin and hair?

Perhaps the most important thing to know is that what works for others may be the polar opposite for your requirements. Diets or nutritional plans that claim to be “one size fits all” simply do not exist, at least not with any lasting benefits. Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy physique, make certain that you pay attention to your specific body needs.

That being said, once you determine what your body and taste buds like, here’s a diverse list of some incredibly nutrient-rich foods that you can supplement your diet with: The most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

Oh, and speaking of supplements… I’ve come across people who aren’t interested at all in certain meals of the day, most commonly breakfast. You aren’t alone. Some people don’t have a waking appetite. I would encourage you to at least try to drink a quick nutrient-dense smoothie or a glass of water: your body dehydrates quite a bit while sleeping and renewing your body. If you aren’t able to do that, I recommend you find a good, high quality vitamin supplement to start your day with… and take it with water. (Not coffee.)

Eating healthy foods isn’t about serious dieting, avoiding your favorite treats or becoming unrealistically thin. Proper nutrition is a way of life that allows you to be as mentally and physically healthy as possible, and still be able to enjoy good, tasty meals. There is no one ideal nutritional plan for everyone. Choosing a healthy eating strategy that works for you will offer you some amazing benefits – and you can make it into something enjoyable. The goal is to build habits that are good for your body, not torture you.
Do you have a favorite recipe you’ve modified for your eating needs? Send it to jerijirsa@gmail.com to be featured in an upcoming post!