Peter is a specialist in quickly resolving both chronic and acute pain and empowering lifestyle change to improve performance levels both for sport and life in general.
For more information about his work, visit here
Your body is constantly replacing cells at the rate of millions per second with every single cell in the body being turned over on at least an annual basis, and so, since the food you eat provides the only raw materials for this process to occur, it is blindingly obvious that what you put into your mouth is extremely important.
You are, quite literally, what you eat!
However, the question of what to eat is not that simple because every individual who reads this article will have his or her own unique body chemistry and so will respond differently to the foods they eat. The answer, therefore, is within YOU.
Your ideal diet is determined by many factors and, not least, your genetic heritage. Like all other animals we are designed to exist symbiotically with all other life forms in our indigenous environment and therefore our metabolisms will usually function best when we eat what our ancestors would have eaten 10,000 years ago.
In general terms the closer your ancestors origin was to the poles the higher the proportion of protein and fat you would need in your diet whereas if your ancestors origin was closer to the equator you would fare better on a diet which was more biased towards carbohydrates.
In today’s society there are more people of mixed origin, more people who live far away from their ancestor’s indigenous environment and more people who suffer from stress and disease as a result of modern life, and so this complicates the equation somewhat.
When the weather is colder or we are under more stress we generally require more protein and fat whereas in warm weather or when we are less stressed we need more carbohydrates. Our hormonal cycles also affect our dietary requirements, particularly with women who tend to require progressively less protein and fat as they move through their menstrual cycle.
In addition to this many people now have sensitivities or intolerances to certain foods and so this complicates matters even further.
The solution to the problem is to learn to listen to your body’s internal messages and to eat what makes you feel good and able to function at your best, bearing in mind that your dietary requirements are constantly changing.
If you kept a food diary for a week and recorded your energy levels, mood and sense of satiety 1-2 hours after each meal you would very quickly recognise certain patterns emerging and also get a sense for which foods you may be sensitive or intolerant to.
If you have achieved the correct protein/fat to carbohydrate ratio for any given meal you should have good energy yet feel calm, relaxed and satisfied until your next meal without feeling full.
If you after doing this are still unsure of how to best proportion your meals then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a Metabolic Typing test which will give you a baseline ratio and also determine the optimal foods for your metabolism to function at it’s best.
I am also able to use Applied Kinesiology to test for food sensitivities and acupressure techniques to desensitise you, to a degree, to foods that it is difficult to avoid entirely.