Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Your Metabolism and the Holidays

I love the word thermogenesis. It's the creation of heat in our bodies when we eat.
Maybe it happened to you this past week. You found yourself at the Thanksgiving table with your family. They brought out course after course of food, right down to the mints. You were sure you would put on weight, because you were eating way more than your usual amount of food.
To your pleasant surprise, something happened instead. At first, you may have had trouble sleeping on the night of your huge meal. You may have felt hot, or started to sweat, even though your bedroom was cool enough. The next morning, to your surprise, you were either the same weight, as always, or had actually lost weight. How did this happen?
Your body was struggling to get back to its familiar weight and turned up the thermostat! The extra heat burned off the extra calories and you didn't gain weight.
Your body won't do this forever. You only have a few meals like this to enjoy, before your body starts getting lazy and used to the new amount of food. That's why most of us gain weight during the holidays.
Here's where Metabolic Nutrition comes it. As you eat more and more of the foods that are perfect for your Metabolic Type, you will refine your body's metabolism. It does this by keeping your chemistry balanced. No extra heat required, so you won't even lose any sleep or suffer with night sweats! It becomes easy to stay at your ideal weight throughout the holidays.
Now you can indulge yourself at all those parties you have been invited to!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Ask any gardener

(Previously distributed as Metabolic Update #5. To receive all the issues of Metabolic Update, you can sign up at Manhattan Metabolic)

During these past 7 years, I have been learning more and more about my garden. I live on a lovely acre of land and tend to it year round. Since I am your typical garden geek, I especially enjoy studying the huge chart in my basic horticulture book that gives the pH range—or measure of acidity—found in the soil in which a number of flowers, vegetables and small fruit thrive.

Why mention this here in an post about Metabolic Typing? I am struck by the fact that scientists know more about the pH of the soil that different plants need to grow and prosper in than we know about the pH of the nutrient environment our bodies need in order to flourish! Based on the way we process our food, our pH factors momentarily register as differently in each one of us as does the blueberry (pH 4.0 – 5.5) from the sugar beet (6.5 – 8.0).

It has been written in the scientific literature since the 1920’s that each individual has a tendency to respond to their food intake by temporarily becoming more acidic or more alkaline. But, once we have completely digested our meal, our body will always return us to the ideal pH of 7.47 that most humans need. The question is "What did our body have to do to recover to this important balance point?"
If we eat mainly the foods that oppose our natural digestive tendencies to swing drastically to the left or right of the ideal, we’ll gently land right back in the optimal range, and quickly regain balance. I, for example skew towards the alkaline side as I digest. The foods that were recommended to me, acidify me just enough to reach the midline.

During the Metabolic Testing protocol we watch your responses to see which tendency you have. We then recommend the best foods and supplements to promote that quick return to the ever-important 7.47 pH.

So, if gardeners alter the soil pH range for their plants by adding nutrients and fertilizers, then we can do the same for our bodies by adding nutrients and “fertilizers” to our diet. By finding out your Metabolic Type and following the recommended food program and supplements, you will remain very close to your pH balance point throughout the day, and your body will no longer have to struggle to get back to the optimal pH after each meal. You’ll have more energy, clearer focus, stronger bones and a more efficient digestive system. You’ll be able to deeply nourish your body, giving it the same care, attention and love that gardeners tend their “leafy babies” with. And you won’t have to worry about the worms!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Send your Halloween candy to our troops in Iraq

Email me at and I'll get you the information to send your left over Halloween candy to the troops in Iraq. A woman I know is organizing the project.
The question is .......why would so many of you have left over candy? Answer......because you know your Metabolic Type, you've been eating the best foods for your type and guess what......? You no longer have cravings for sweets, the wrong fats, salt and other empty nutrients.
I know it sounds strange but your body only craves these things when it fails to get the good stuff that it truly needs.
Here's what one of my clients had to say "There is a huge bowl of candy sitting by the door tonight and I haven't had one
piece and aren't really craving them either."

If you haven't been tested yet, I'm offering special holiday hours, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, in both New York City and Shrub Oak, just in time for those office parties and family get togethers. Email me for your appointment.