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eat according to your shape

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eat according

to your shape

In 1968 Dr. William Donald Kelly, a dentist from Dallas Texas, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and was given months to live. At the time Dr. Kelly lived almost entirely on junk food so his mother stepped in and got him eating fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. Within months his doctor pronounced him cancer free. He lived another 40 years until the age of 79.

Soon after his wife also became seriously ill. She tried the same vegetable diet but this only aggravated her condition. Out of desperation Dr. Kelly put her on a diet high in meat. To their great surprise her health improved dramatically.  Intrigued by this Dr. Kelly started doing extensive research into the relationship between food and health. 

He found that people have differing nutritional requirements depending on the make up of their nervous systems. 

Dr. Kelly turned to the work of Dr. Francis Pottenger. Pottenger understood that people had unique dietary requirements and realized that the autonomic nervous system had a role to play in determining the right types of food and nutrients. The autonomic nervous system is comprised of two parts: The sympathetic part generally accelerates or speeds up our metabolism, while the parasympathetic part generally retards or slows down our metabolism. Just as we are either left or right handed, so we are either sympathetic or parasympathetic dominant.

Kelly found that taller and thinner people tended to be sympathetic dominant and did well on a diet high in carbohydrates and low in proteins. Shorter and sturdier people tended to be para-sympathetic dominant and did well on a diet high in proteins and low in carbohydrates. People with average builds tended to do well on a balanced diet.

metabolic type quiz

Do the quiz below.

Count up the number of A’s, and B’s. If you scored mostly A’s you are a Veggie Type, mostly B’s you are a Balanced Type, and mostly C’s then you are a Meat Type.

Plant Types do well on about 60% carbohydrates, 20% fats and 20% proteins. They should eat light meats, such as turkey and chicken and lighter fish like haddock, perch, sole, and flounder. They thrive on lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. They should limit dairy and refined carbs.

Meat Types need a diet that is roughly 40% percent protein, 30% fats, and 30% carbs. They flourish on heavier meats such as organ meats, beef, and seafood such as salmon, tuna, and herring. Fats such as eggs, whole milk, cream and cheese are great for them. Complex carbs (whole grains, vegetables) are preferred over simple ones (sugary, starchy foods). 

Balanced Types do well on about 33% proteins, 33% fats, and 33% carbohydrates. They tend to metabolize poorly so they should avoid refined, processed, synthetic foods and food additives at all times. Cooked food is generally easier for them to digest than raw foods. A wide variety of foods will enable them to get the wide spectrum of nutrients their bodies require.

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