If you had to pick one sentence you have read again and again in our articles, we’re sure you would pick: “Eat according to your metabolic personality.”
It probably sounds like a difficult thing to do. But trust us, it isn’t. You’re already doing some of it instinctively. If your metabolic personality is what gives you your instincts and tendencies, then it must also have given you the tendency to choose and like certain foods. It has. That’s why, though you may not be aware of it, your body is almost always making informed choices.
Your body chooses foods on the basis of the physical qualities (if you like the taste, smell, texture, etc.), immediate effects (how you feel after eating the food – light and energetic, full and dull, bloated or acidic), and long-term effects (if the food has improved your energy, digestion, mental clarity, etc.).
Think about it, when you need energy, don’t you instinctively reach out for a sweet food? Don’t you recoil from a food that’s made you nauseous at some point of time? Aren’t you also more likely to add condiments to your meal that have once helped you with digestion?
Anytime you feel you don’t know how to eat right for your body type, listen to your body. It will, however, take you some time to observe and understand the body’s signals, so we thought of giving you a head start.
Check your detailed health assessment report (in your inbox). We’ve arranged standard food groups (fruits, legumes, dairy, etc.) in the diet recommendation section in 2 neat lists: what you should eat more of and what you should eat less of.
Go ahead, try them with an open mind. Check what works for you and what doesn’t. And then tell us how you feel.
What You Should Eat
So far so good, but we know that list in your inbox is by no means exhaustive. So what should you do for foods outside the list?
If the foods are natural and whole and you are not on a restricted diet, eat small amounts of everything. You need the unique nutrition each food offers. But if you’re looking for staples, judge by the physical qualities of the food (whether you like the taste, texture, etc.) and by your experience after eating the food (whether the food is making you feel good).
Light and Quick
Since you have frequent energy dips, you need to eat filling and energy-giving foods. Most energy-giving filling foods, you’ll notice, are naturally heavy, oily, or moist, and sweet (as they contain different forms of glucose). Since you also have an erratic digestion and a tendency to feel cold, the solution is warming foods or spices that rev up your digestion. Have sour, salty, and spicy-tasting foods. Notice how they increase the saliva flow in your mouth? Salty foods can also help you retain more water and reduce your tendency for dehydration.
To sum up: You usually complain about poor energy, erratic digestion, and feeling cold all the time. So you should have more warm, filling, moist, sweet, sour, salty, moderately spicy foods.
- Sweet foods: bananas, sweet peas, barley, cashews, fresh figs
- Sour foods: lemons, cheese
- Salty foods: rock salt, tuna, olives
Tip: While you can eat greasy and sweet foods, choose healthier options like ghee (clarified butter) rather than trans fats and naturally sweet foods rather than refined ones.
Slow and Steady
Since energy is never a concern for you and you tend to stay full longer after meals, eat light. Most light foods are naturally dry, non-oily, and often not sweet – if you are thinking of mildly bitter leafy greens, you’re on the right track. These also contain antioxidants that help you fight infections. Now to rev up your digestion, clear up your sinuses (congestion is a typical problem), and perk up your senses, it’s better for you to choose warm, spicy, and mildly astringent foods.
To sum up: You usually complain about fullness, poor digestion, and sinus congestion. So you should eat more warm, light, dry, spicy, mildly astringent, and mildly bitter foods.
- Mildly astringent foods: pomegranates, chickpeas, parsley, green mango
- Mildly bitter foods: kale, watercress, turmeric
- Spicy foods (warming): ginger, garlic, onion, paprika, chilli peppers, wasabi
Tip: If you have a puffy appearance, cut back on salty and sour foods. Both of these cause water retention and bloat you up.
Since you practically burn up your fuel to complete a task at hand, you need to refuel yourself with energy-giving and filling foods that last longer in your tummy. It’s great if the filling food is also cooling – you can be a hothead when hungry. Also, since you are prone to heartburn, avoid oily, greasy, sour, and very spicy foods. Bitter, astringent, and sweet foods are more likely to give you energy as well as cool you down. The alkaloids in bitter foods can help you fight inflammation better.
To sum up: You usually complain about burnouts, heat rashes, and heartburn. So you should eat more cool, filling, dry, sweet, bitter, astringent, mildly spicy foods.
- Bitter foods: Bitter melon, cocoa, neem
- Astringent foods: Asafoetida, aloe vera juice, plantain, java plum
- Mildly spicy foods: cinnamon, cumin seeds
Tip: Reduce your salt intake as much as you can. If you must, flavor your food with rock salt.
All that said, the most important thing you need to consider when choosing a food is how you feel after eating it. Let that be the chief guiding factor.
Quick Hack: Eat What You Are Not
Don’t know your metabolic personality yet? Despair not. Pick one adjective from each of the following sets to describe yourself:
- Build: Heavy/light
- Skin and stools texture: Moist/oily/dry
- Skin temperature: Hot/cold
- Digestion and pace of work: Slow/quick
Now choose foods that have opposite qualities. For instance, if you have chosen heavy, moist, cold, and slow, and steady, make a meal with foods that are light, dry, warming, and quick to digest – say, an apple and pear salad with a sprinkling of cinnamon powder.
Cheers to eating mindfully!