A Few Tips, According To Body Type

When it comes to the ideal dietary balance, everyone has slightly different needs. It’s difficult to sort out, and with all the books available, it can become overwhelming. If it makes sense to you, consider beginning here:

First, What’s Happening?

  • Can’t warm up, trouble forming thoughts, feeling flighty but not efficient?
  • Fast rapid thoughts, can’t focus, hot or sweating (with or without chills), moody?
  • Temperature fine or warm, feeling lazy like you have lead in your bones, slow thought processes?

Here are some simple choices that may help you function more optimally.

If you can’t warm up, have trouble forming thoughts, and are feeling flighty but not efficient:

  • Very little fresh raw food In the colder months (fall, winter, early spring). Lightly cook or steam them. If you’re craving raw, consider choosing arugula, baby spinach, sprouts.
  • Coffee may be a yes for you, but if you’re getting armpit sweating then you’re drinking too much and probably draining your energy too quickly
  • Shower in the evening with lots of steam. Heat the room up with a space heater in the bathroom if it’s cold.
  • Keep your feet and ankles warm with thick fuzzy things. Sit with a hot water bottle if you’re chilled.
  • In the mornings you may be warmer, and your brain more creative. Write ideas down and get tasks done if you can. Don’t assume you’ll be as productive or able to problem-solve in the same way later in the day.
  • Regardless of weight, the body may need substance. Consider real bone broth, avocado, banana, potatoes, plantains, sesame oil, black cumin (black seed), and black pepper

• Try not to be forceful with yourself.

• Roll with it

• Do workouts you want to do, not what you think you should do

If you have fast rapid thoughts, can’t focus, are hot or sweating (with or without chills), and can be moody:

  • Consider warm soups that aren’t too spicy, with thick coconut milk or a bit of cream.
  • Use dairy in moderation, too much may worsen your symptoms
  • Coffee may aggravate scattered thoughts, moods, and flushes of heat. With coffee, you might find you get more done. But is it a somewhat frantic state that burns excessive energy than what’s needed? This could lead to burnout or strong food cravings later in the day. You may be challenged to stay grounded, and find you get ups-and-downs through the day. There are ways to manage this. Talk to your ND about it.
  • Tea may be a better choice. You may do better with more moderate amounts of caffeine. Consider black teas such as orange pekoe, earl grey, or Pu-erh.
  • Eat a good breakfast if you can. It may not have to be first thing in the morning.
  • Comfort foods may be something you crave in the evenings. It may serve you well to avoid heavy starches and sugar rich foods at this time of day. Talk to your ND about other options that will work for you.
  • Stay steady, avoid extremes. You’ll be susceptible to that. Mainly energy bursts at some point in the day, where you end up spinning your wheels and wearing yourself out.

If your body temperature is fine or warm, you’re feeling lazy like you have lead in your bones, and have slow thought processes:

• Light fresh greens, dark leafies, cabbage, apples.

• Dairy might weigh you down.

• Coffee may aggravate your symptoms.

• Matcha, green or white teas may be better choices for you.

  • Talk to your ND about alternating temperature showers in the morning, to balance your internal thermostat for the day. This may or may not be the right choice for you.
  • Outside time daily, even if it’s 7 min, should help your ambition greatly. Consider walking around the block before going in the house after work
  • In addition, try to do something active on your mid-day break at work.The longer you’re stationary, the harder it’s going to be to get moving again.
  • Relax at night if you can

If you’re waking in the wee hours of the morning,

  • Are you giving your brain an opportunity to process your life experience?
  • Are you eating heavy carbs/sugar at night?
  • Is your liver having to work too hard? Alcohol, occupational chemical exposure, pesticide exposure, more meat than your body needs.
  • Too much or too little meat can throw a body out of balance pretty quickly.

If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, or are restless at night,

• Again, are you giving your brain opportunity to process its life experience? • Any hidden caffeine in the diet?

• Have you given yourself a chance to blow off steam?

Refined sugar will bog you down

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar

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  • Common Symptoms include fatigue, lack of ambition, anxiety, erratic thoughts, and restlessness.
  • High doses of carbs in the evening, from sugar or starch, tends to affect our night’s sleep, contributing to fatigue and low moods the next morning.

These are some examples of evening comfort food that don’t spike blood sugar as much:

• Warm up coconut milk and 1-2 tsp honey/maple syrup while non-caffeinated tea is steeping well. Mix and enjoy.

• Blender cup: 3-4 oz coconut milk, 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 banana, 1 Tbsp nut butter

Be careful with heavy starches Pastas
Breads & flour based foods Pastries

Corn based chips

Cravings for starches are often either stress based cravings or a result of fluctuating blood sugar through the day.

Book an appointment with one of our NDs to develop an approach that works best for your individual needs.

- Dr. Angela Hanlon, ND 

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