METABOLIC TYPE “B”
Metabolic type b….
As a type B, you love salty food and will crave it a lot if not in balance. You are prone to anxiety and tend to be “wound” up a lot. If you aren’t eating based on your type, you may get aggressive and feel out of sorts.
The stress you put on your body can also have you craving salt. Stress affects the adrenal glands and this lowers blood pressure causing you to want salt.
Carbs are not your friend when eating in excess. Especially the “white” processed carbs. Think fiber! You do well on sweet potato, quinoa, wild rice and squashes.
Eating too many starchy carbs at the wrong time of day also affects your sleep and causes you to carry more fat around your mid section.
You have a strong appetite and experience fatigue often. This is due to you being in a constant state of stress and being “wound” up which to outsiders comes across as outgoing. Too many starchy carbs at the wrong time of day will add to your imbalance.
You may react poorly to caffeine. Especially if drinking too much of it. When in balance you most likely won’t even want the caffeine.
You put on muscle quite easily and prefer to “go hard” in the gym. When not in balance, this will add to a raise in cortisol so really listen to your body. If you haven’t been eating for your type be a bit easier on your body.
Starting with balanced meals with a focus on high quality protein and fats is going to help you reduce the salt cravings. You need your protein and you will thrive on high purine meats (darker meats).
Carbs should be fibrous as well as fruit. Focusing on Omega 3 fats and avoiding saturated fat and fried foods. Avoid eating carbs on their own. This spikes blood sugar and causes extreme fatigue.
I suggest keeping carbs out of your breakfast. This will help lower cortisol levels. Also avoid the spike in insulin which can create anxiousness.
Eat your carbs mid day (lunch) when your digestive power is at it’s strongest or use this carb meal as your post-workout no matter when you workout. Then eat your next carb meal at dinner so you promote healthy sleep. Avoid eating to close to when you go to sleep. Stop eating about 2-3 hours before.
Increase your healthy fats with flax, nuts and other seeds. Taking a fish oil is also a great way to get in high quality omega 3 and reduce cortisol in the body.
Instead of table salt use himalayan sea salt. You most likely dislike sour foods and feel a bit “off” after eating them. Type B’s don’t always do well on kimchi, kombucha or pickled foods.
You most likely will do well on hearty dishes like stews and meals that are hot.
Hot drinks like herbal teas are nourishing and soothing for type B’s. Also consider using spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, cloves and garlic.
Cut back on caffeine and drink more herbal teas.
The Vibe Healthy Living Blueprint is done with balanced meals and breakfast low in starchy carbs. But it is geared more to a mixed metabolic type. So adjust meals accordingly if you want to use the recipes.
The goal is to lower cortisol. So keeping your workouts to 45 -60 minutes will help. Also not skipping the relaxation component at the end of workouts. This calms the central nervous system and allows to keep cortisol in check.
Adding yoga and the movement flows as much as possible will help with relaxing the body. Get in more walking in nature, hikes and biking if you can. The fresh air and soothing atmosphere helps become more parasympathetic.
Here is your Metabolic Type B meal plan. This is your way of eating that is best for your body. Track your food and pay attention to portion sizes. Take pictures of your meals and take note of how portion sizes look on your plate. This is the best way to start getting control over how you eat but can get tedious and take the pleasure out of eating. So you will need to learn how to substitute other foods you love like treats etc over time. The point of Vibe Lifestyle is to learn how to eat without measuring, counting calories and feeling limited and or restricted.