EAT YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL
Rebecca Newman finds that eating right for your body type can be as effective as any diet
Do you fi nd that, having eaten the perfect porridge and blueberry breakfast, you’re craving chocolate half an hour later? Or that you never really seem to feel full and fi nd yourself perpetually grazing? Take cheer. It may not be natural gluttony, it may be that you’re not eating correctly to type.
Functional diagnostic nutritionist Hannah Richards specialises in Metabolic Typing ®. First, she asks you to write a diary of everything you eat and how it makes you feel, and conducts a detailed assessment of around 150 questions. This enables her to analyse your autonomic nervous system (which controls your digestion, immune system and body temperature) and your oxidative type (the rate at which your cells make energy from food).
She discovers that I am a fast oxidiser – ie, someone who converts food swiftly – and that for me eating an orange, for example, will boost undesirable levels of acidity; for a slow oxidiser, an orange would have a positive alkaline effect.
There is a colour- coded food chart demonstrating the best nutrients for your type: for me 50 to 60 per cent of each meal should be protein, with an emphasis on red meat. Further, I should eat the protein at the beginning of the meal, to dampen insulin release before I start on the carbs.
Over eight weeks Hannah further tailors the proportions of the diet, until each client fi nds their best body weight and comfortable digestion. For fast oxidisers 50% protein, 20% carbs, 30% fat Breakfast Salmon, eggs, spinach Snack Walnuts, chicken breast, rice cracker with nut butter For slow oxidisers 60% carbs, 25% protein, 15% fat Breakfast Oats with berries and milk Snack Fruit, Ryvita Initial consultation, £140; follow-up session, £100 (movethreesixty.com)