Metabolic Typing Diets

I’ve been reading a lot about Metabolic Typing diets the past month. 

Apparently most people do OK on a balanced whole food diet (like Paleo or Zone) but some people need extra carbs and others need extra protein/fat, so they need to focus a little more on those macronutrients for optimal health.

The three books I read were “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William Wolcott, “The ME (metabolic effect) Diet” by Jade & Keoni Teta, and “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning” by Eric Berg.

In all 3 books I came out the same type – the type that needs more protein & fat (Protein Type/Sugar Burner Type/Adrenal Type).  

All the books were helpful but I think the Adrenal profile in Dr. Berg’s book has helped me the best to understand my remaining health issues and confirmed that I also have a Potassium deficiency, which I had suspected.  I think this info will help me stick to a diet focused on meat and veggies more diligently now that I understand the science behind it more clearly and how the right diet & exercise can support my adrenals.

These authors also have blogs and videos online if you want to check out their info before getting a book.  

PS – Update on my fermented cod liver oil supplement:  it finally arrived and it tastes NASTY.  It had better work!

Update – I’ve been doing Dr Berg’s  Liver Enhancement plan for a few days and already have more energy and the edema in my legs is almost gone.  I’m also seeing an improvement in my teeth after just a few days so I guess I gotta stick with the fermented cod liver oil!  Aaack.  I ordered some in capsule form since I really don’t like the taste.

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Celiac Recovery Update

Most of my celiac symptoms are resolving after 1 1/2 years gluten free now.  A celiac chat group I’m in on Facebook advised me that it usually takes a couple of years to resolve the deficiencies.

I’m still taking magnesium and B12 but have reduced the amounts.   I still have a bit of circulatory issues and numbness but it’s greatly improved.  My teeth are the main area I’m still having issues with, although there is improvement.  

I heard that fermented cod liver oil can work when nothing else does (yuck).  I ordered some in mint flavor from GreenPasture.org which is supposed to be a very bio-available brand.  Fingers crossed!  One tooth still has a couple demineralized spots and they’d have to crown it since I already have a couple fillings, so I hope this works.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Continued Improvement from Magnesium Supplementation

Wow!   So many of my remaining issues have resolved with these Epsom salt baths!  

My peripheral numbness continues to improve.  I still get it from long periods of inactivity but moving around resolves most of it now.

My sugar cravings are GONE!!!  I mean, I had some chocolate at a party last night but it tasted super sweet and I didn’t want seconds.  

Minimal appetite – I checked online and magnesium improves insulin sensitivity!

My weight gain corresponds to the timeline of my long- term antacid abuse so this is making sense.  I had already started taking a supplement recently after my feet turned bright yellow, but guess it wasn’t quite enough.  I think this was my missing link!! Even things like my 2-week eye twitch and extreme light sensitivity could be attributed to magnesium deficiency.  And any blue in my toes goes away next day after an Epsom bath. Continuing to do them every other day.

I think I need to get an overall panel done to see what nutritional deficiencies may remain.  

Update:  getting better every day!  Continuing with the Epsom baths daily now and seeing ongoing improvement. I realized maybe the oral supplement didn’t work as well because it includes calcium and I’m likely hypercalcemic.  My toe joints and bone spur in my knee are much improved. I have a little more energy now and I’m getting slightly more active. Still having ridiculous hot flashes that last a couple hours but I heard that may improve soon as well.  Sometimes magnesium can have an effect.  Fingers crossed!

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Carb Cycling /Blood Sugar Update

I’m already feeling much better. I’m tracking my food and I’ve naturally settled in about 1700 calories. Aiming for macronutrient ratio of 50% fat, 30% carbs and 20% protein as that ratio makes me always feel best.

I was actually a bit low on carbs yesterday and had a protein shake with banana and a small red potato cooked in ghee for dinner and did ok as far as blood sugar. Seems to just be processed sugar or snacks/grains and alcohol that messed me up when I was cycling carbs.  Inflammation in my feet/legs greatly improved already. Did another Epsom salt bath yesterday too.

Reading a new book, Sugar Crush by Richard Jacoby.  All about the relationship between sugar and inflammation/nerve damage.  Very motivating!!

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Better Magnesium Absorption

I’ve been concerned that I’m still not absorbing enough magnesium, as the tops of my feet still get yellow-y sometimes (but not bright yellow like before).  Either I need to change magnesium supplement brands, or I still have Celiac damage affecting intestinal absorption.

Per Dr. Mark Hyman’s book, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, I tried his “Detox Bath” and increased the amount of Epsom salts in my bath to 2 cups and added 1/2 cup baking soda. Wow!   I’m definitely absorbing it now!

The recent increased numbness in my feet was greatly reduced before I even finished my bath. FYI….I also don’t recommend straying too far from the bathroom the next day!  I’m not sure if it was the extra Epsom or adding the baking soda that helped it to absorb better, but I’ll definitely add this to my routine!

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Facing Hard Facts

I wanted to like this CAD/CALP carb cycling diet.  I really did.

I still think that if I’m in a situation where I’m extremely stressed out (like a recent project I did) and feel I MUST have sweets and carby foods, that partitioning my carbs into a one-hour period daily will do the least damage as far as gaining weight.

However, attempting this CAD/CALP diet the past couple weeks has comfirmed for me that next to gluten, sugar is my #2 issue.  Every time I do the carb meal my legs swell up and get numb.  My heart has been pounding strangely too.  I keep passing out from hypoglycemia. Clearly my health situation is too extreme for big daily swings between low and high carb, and more moderation is needed.

This experiment has reminded me why I did Paleo in the first place – it removed all the chemicals and food sensitivities I was having issues with, including sugar.

So…..looks like it’s back to what worked before, Paleo with low to moderate carbs. I’m adding back moderate amounts of fruit and nuts,  but I’ll save any starch, sweets and alcohol for dining out/social events only.

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Carb Cycling Redux

Ok – I had both good and bad results from carb backloading, so I’m going to customize a bit.

I was trying the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet approach, which has worked for me in the past.  Essentially you do very low carb for 2 meals and then you get a free meal, preferably at dinner. Guess both me and my pancreas are getting older so I had some issues this time.

The good part:  I LOVED that I had no appetite and lost 4 lbs in 4 days. Sweets and packaged foods lost their appeal. My cognition/focus improved as well.

The bad part:  Occasionally dehydrated, dizzy, hypoglycemic.

What I SHOULD do is just cut back my carbs gradually down to about 50-70 net carbs/day.  It worked for me before.  But I’m really sick of tracking.  Plus I’m going on vacation soon.

It didn’t work when I had my carb meal at breakfast or dinner, but lunch seems ok.  I think also I was having fruit, starch, a drink and dessert all at once and my insulin spiked too high then my blood sugar crashed later.

There is a newer version of CAD called the Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program (CALP) that advocates a more moderate approach.  Having basically a regular meal that includes protein and veggies 1/3 each and only the remaining 1/3 is glycemic carbs.  I think fat would also work to give more absorption.

So for now I’ll try it again with a carby treat meal (like gluten free pizza) really just once or twice a week and otherwise a normal meal plus a little something extra for lunch, or switch to dinner if I have plans with friends.  It’s hard to avoid some kind of starch/fruit when dining out or at a friends house, even if it’s gluten free.  If I do have dessert I’ll have just a few bites or choose something higher in fat.  I’ll avoid more glycemic drinks and stick to vodka/tequila when possible or at least dry wine.  Cider really seems to affect my blood sugar.

And if this doesn’t work, it’s back to carb counting!

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