Metabolic Typing is an amazing tool for the diagnosing chronic fatigue process. It answers the questions of why a supplement works for one person and doesn’t do anything for someone else with the same symptoms and why one diet transforms the life of one person and makes another person feel ill.
Finding the right diet and nutrition can be frustrating in the diagnosing chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia process. There are many contradictions and it is hard to know exactly what will work for you. This is because everyone is biochemically different. Just as we have unique fingerprints, our bodies work in extremely different ways and require different combinations of fat, carbohydrates and proteins.
There are many bestselling books claiming to have all of the answers and giving incredible stories and testimonials of people who benefited greatly from various diets. However, they don’t tell of the other 30-50% who never benefited, or even felt worse on the diet.
So what works for you? What combination of food will help you to transform your health? The answer is to look at your “metabolic type”.
Ultimately, there are some basic dietary guidelines for everyone. These include:
- Plenty of living raw foods (fruit and vegetables)
- Low grains, sugar, refined and high glycaemic carbohydrates of all types
- Good quality protein from animal, fish or vegetarian sources
- A good proportion of unsaturated fat versus saturated fat
What is different for everyone is the proportion of proteins and fats versus carbohydrates that are necessary for feeling healthy. This is an important part of diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome and helping one to feel better.
There are broadly three “Metabolic Types”:
- Fast Oxidizers or “Protein Types”
- Slow Oxidizers or “Carb Types
- Balanced Types
- Fast Oxidizers
Fast Oxidizers tend to feel their best when they eat more protein and fat. They don’t feel good as vegetarians and seem to need some animal sources of protein at every meal. They also require three meals per day, and may get jittery, depressed, faint or irritable if they miss a meal. These people don’t feel good when they eat grains. A sandwich or a bowl of pasta would be a very bad meal for them and they would feel hungry very quickly after this sort of dinner. These people tend to be fast thinkers, are highly motivated, and are often stressed.
Slow oxidizers feel best when they eat lower levels of protein and fat. Excessive protein and fat at a meal can make them feel tired and lethargic. They feel good as vegetarians, but also do well on lighter meat and fish, for example chicken and white fish. They can eat more grains than fast oxidizers, and can also skin a meal without being affected. They are often laid back and easy going, but may suffer from lack of energy or depression.
The balanced type is able to feel good on a high protein and fat diet as well as a low protein and fat diet. What they eat has little impact on how they feel. They can eat from a whole range of foods. They can miss a meal, but will feel it more than a slow oxidisers. They tend to be balanced, relaxed, happy people.
Finding out your metabolic type can have be an essential part to your diagnosing chronic fatigue process.