Try to adjust your meals to your local timing and lifestyle, ensure regularity.
Too many books on diet, cooking and food are written assuming that we’re all equal energetically. The reality is that we all have different interactions with food. Without knowing what is right for us, we are confused and tend follow fads and fashions instead of our specific needs. Following several conflicting diets in one lifetime has become the rule rather than the exception. Starvation is considered the ultimate weight loss diet, practiced by most people at some point in their lives. It’s time to dig into the science of our body type and to discover our uniqueness and what keeps our system in balance. We are not all equal in front of the next meal.
The recent insights we have about food have shown that a calorie is quite a rough parameter to quantify food with. Even in the same person, a calorie had a different consequence on the body depending on the source of the calorie and the digestion of the person at that moment. There can be a huge difference between people in the way food is processed. Some can eat eight slices of pizza without gaining an ounce, while others will bloat just by looking at it. If we wish to feed ourselves correctly, we need to understand how food acts and how we process food personally, according to our body type. Food is not only a bunch of calories created to still our hunger and fool our senses; it contains information like software code written by nature to feed and upgrade our inner intelligence. Food should thus be considered medicine and the cook a doctor. This leads us to knowledge of our body type and the necessity for a proper diagnosis before choosing what to eat, as food will restore our balance naturally. Evaluating the action of food involves a complex set of parameters; quality, quantity, which part of the plant has the right ingredient, tastes, frequency and timing, cooking procedures, combinations of ingredients and so on.
“Let food be thy medicine” is a famous saying of Hippocrates which is still true now. To understand the “medicinal” qualities of food we must look at the complete food chain from the moment of its creation until it leaves our digestive system. I like to consider food as “coded software lines” that we embed in our software system to feed it the correct information, prompting our body to act according to the laws of nature and to the unique fingerprint received at our conception. While being perfect for someone else, food that is not suitable for our body type or is ingested at a wrong moment, can act like a virus and destroy our system.
What is a gram calorie? It’s the amount of heat exactly equal to 4.1840 joules. Joules is a measure of energy, just like an inch is a measure for length. A quantity of food that when burnt away to nothing releases this amount of energy contains 1 gram calorie.
Following several conflicting diets in one lifetime has rather become the rule then the exception. Starvation is considered the ultimate weight loss diet, practiced by most people. It’s time to dig into the science of our body type and to discover our uniqueness and what keeps our system in balance.
You will find our full plan of food and lifestyle recommendations to restore your balance.
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Timing and quantities for each body type are very important as the capacity of our body type to digest food changes throughout the day. This is chart must be adapted to winter and summer timings, as well as to North and South locations. In the summer, there is hardly any night in the North of the globe, while in the winter there is hardly any day. So, small adjustments need to be made according to the daily occupation, the geography and the season.
Last meal smaller
3 meals & a snack between lunch and dinner
3 small and warm meals
Grapefruit and aloe vera juice. Astringent drinks like Green tea and ginger tea. Pure coffee espresso at the end of meal. Hot and dry meal like toasts. Scrambled eggs. No sweets. No jam.
Warm food. Small quantities. Warm vegetables. Carbs. Thai warm vegetables, rice.
Slow digestion. Hot meal soups. Vegetable soup with chicken.
Rosé wine of Champagne. Small dessert. Cognac.
Carrot, apple and pomegranate juice, Green juices. Grapefruit. Coffee with milk in middle of the meal. Colder food. Fruits. Cereals. Whole grains. Fresh cheese like lebane or yoghurt. Poached eggs, more white part. No sour jams.
Mail meal. Sitting down in quiet environment. Raw food and salads. Add goat cheese, tuna or chicken.
Calming food such as rice and steames vegetables. Add grilled salmon or lean meat.
Red wine, normal dessert.
Orange juice, sweet juices like apple, peach, papaya. Less coffee if possible, unless taken with more milk and sugar. Start with coffee if you can’t avoid it. Berries. Omelette, fried egg. Toast with butter. All kinds of jam.
Warm food. Add a little bit of fat to the food, as this type needs fat. No raw food. Chicken stir fry, rice or noodles.
Rice with ghee. Vegetables sautéed with olive oil. Stuffed meat ravioli with sauce.
Digestive herbal tea. White wine. Creamy dessert. Aniseed.
LIFESTYLE & HEALTH
A new list of diseases made an appearance once we changed our nutrition and lifestyle to a Western model, mainly imported from the USA. We call them “Lifestyle diseases”. Lifestyle diseases kill and incapacitate more people than all wars and ethnic conflicts combined.
In countries like India and China the effects are obvious as they have appeared rapidly in the last fifteen years, when a new lifestyle was adopted by the youth. The number of obese children in city schools climbed from one in five hundred to a staggering fifty in five hundred in less than a generation. A similarly steep climb was observed for diabetes, cardiovascular problems, thyroid disorders, and many other conditions enumerated on the chart of “most common lifestyle diseases”. World statistics put us in fear of the trend of increase in lifestyle diseases that spread all over the world “epidemiologically”, as consequences of unsuitable nutrition and lifestyle. We understand where it comes from, but chose to remain passive, innocent victims of a competitive market due to globalisation imposed on us from the West. Defeated, we’re dealing with our everyday lack of time by holding on to fast food solutions and stressful jobs that pay the rent. Experiencing disease or the death of relatives close to us will shake us out of this indifference, but only for a moment.
An extensive list of lifestyle diseases and their prevalence in our society is included in the book and is just an indication of how serious the situation is. Their origin is mainly bad food and eating habits (belly related), lack of movement and proper respiration (heart/lung related), a hectic, stressful life or a bad mind-set leading to depression and burnout (brain related). Disregarding the three “currencies of life” described in the book (belly, heart/lung, brain), has consequences for our civilisation and the diseases it suffers.
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Transformative types prefer competitive sports or cooling sports like swimming. They avoid aggressive sports like boxing, or activities in the sun. They excel in mental sports like chess, scrabble and other intellectual sports. Tennis, squash or ping pong are often favoured.
Communicative types like more sedentary sports like Yoga, or playing cards. They like to be grounded in their activity, such as performing Tai Chi.
Stabilising types like more physical sports, even heavy fitness or endurance. They feel best with a lot of activity.
Where and how we live determines our health and well-being. The eternal discussion between choosing to live in an apartment or a house, staying in the countryside or moving to the centre of a town, is often related to your body type. Each house has its own energy type too, the art is to balance our body type with its matching counterpart.
The land and water of the countryside has Stabilising energy, while a high-rise apartment has more Communicative energy. A corner house facing the sun has a more Transformative energy.
A Communicative type will thrive in house that radiates stability, built of solid materials and sheltered from wind and cold. In the city, this type will choose a ground floor garden apartment. The decoration internally should radiate warmth, with colours like red or brown.
A Transformative type prefers a house near water, sheltered from heat and sun and facing north. This type will benefit from the cool shade of a forest and minimal sun exposure. In the city, this type will choose a middle floor apartment facing a courtyard. Interior decoration with cooling colours such as white, pastels or blue, would be ideal.
The Stabilising type likes a house with lots of light and wind, surrounded by open space, like a bungalow in an open plan area. In the city, a penthouse would be suitable. Internally this type prefers warming colours which help to maintain balance.
The Stabilising types can stay in one place for a long time. House parties are ideal to reinforce the stabilising energy. People with weak stabilising energy levels, can be balanced by staying at home. The strong Stabilising energy levels will balance it with a wild dance party, as dancing is a Communicative concept.
The Transformative types need constant challenge and excitement for the brain. Repetitive action will see them bored and frustrated very quickly. Parties with plenty of like-minded people where they can engage in interesting discussions are ideal.
The Communicative types will prefer to mingle at bigger events. All types of parties are great as long as there is movement. They will join groups of Pub hoppers and enjoy the exchanges.
When all three types go to the discotheque, the communicative type should stay away from music and vibration as much as possible, the stabilising type should stay away from the kitchen and food and join the dance floor, and the Transformative type should stay away from strong light and loud noise to engage in intelligent conversations.
While some can handle a heavy physical workload, others prefer more human interaction or a job where decisions must be taken.
A Stabilising energy type will like well-defined work that he/she will tend to finish. These types are sure and steady, they are interested in building wealth and wellbeing for the future. They are fundamentally motivated by the need to create security, stability, comfort and cohesion. They perform well in management or caring positions, where vision and patience are needed. Good for long term projects.
The Transformative type will prefer a job in a leadership position where decisions are made and new projects are initiated. They are motivated by the need to have goals or challenges. These types have perseverance and a hunger for knowledge. You’ll find this energy type suitable for intellectual jobs such as researcher, lawyer, doctor or scientist. They are quick to assemble meaning and order in complex situations.
The Communicative type is cut for teamwork, exchanging information with others and organising things. These types are highly curious, creative, and are fundamentally motivated by the need for change and stimulation. They will choose artistic occupations such as music or acting. They can create novelty from nothing.
What is interesting is that most vocations require all three life principles. If you do a good job then the chances are that you are mixing all three skill sets:
- Communication, the principle of movement provides: coordination, communication, inspiration, conception, curiosity, excitement, innovation, exploration and the drive to try out new things.
- Transformation, the principle of transformation provides: insight, understanding, calculation, implementation, logistics, drive, courage, determination, passion and the desire to succeed and to be recognised for it.
- Stabilisation, the principle of cohesion provides: stability, support, patience, perseverance, commitment, follow-through, caution, foresight, stopping-power.
We all have access to these different skill sets and we can all cultivate them with awareness, choice, training and will power. That said, if we are Communicative-Transformative natured, we will find it easier to cultivate the Communicative-Transformative skills than the Stabilising ones. The same applies for the other single or mixed types.
The Communicative type can stand a hot and humid climate but not a cold and dry one.
The Stabilising type will like a warm, preferably dry, climate.
The Transformative type will avoid heat and look for cooler places.
Balancing our body type correctly to slow ageing. The body type we were born with changes as we grow older. The three phases of life exert an influence on our body type; early age (childhood), middle age (adulthood), and old age (senescence).
Regardless of our constitution at birth, early age will start with a higher level of Stabilising energy as this is needed to build our body from almost three kilos to a full adult weight and shape of about seventy kilos. A baby starts with a chubby appearance and becomes gradually leaner. Middle age starts from late adolescence until way after mid-life. It is the time for action and a higher level of Transformative energy will support us in that task. Whether it’s building a career or raising a family, the Transformative energy will give us the power to make decisions and focus on our actions. In old age, we benefit from a higher level of Communicative energy, as creativity and social commitment are paramount. This is needed to survive, as we must count on our resourcefulness and the help of a close community to provide us with our needs.
So, the cycle of life starts with Stabilisation, followed by Transformation and ends with Communication. To lead a healthy life, each of the three body types will have to take these influences on their initial body type into account, as the “balance of energy” is different at each stage in life.
The Stabilising body type will face additional stabilising energy during childhood. Obesity, acne, mucus problems or asthma might affect these types in childhood due to accumulation and overproduction. Their middle age cycle is good, as the transformative energy will bring some balance to their body type. Of all body types the Stabilising body type will age the best. The additional Communicative energy of our last cycle of life is ideal to balance the Stabilising body type. In such a balanced state health is preserved. Stabilising types will benefit naturally from a long and healthy life.
The Transformative body type will have a good childhood but might face problems in adult life. The combined transformative energy at this stage of life will add up and lead to an overly active lifestyle. All the negative aspects of aging like hair loss, grey hair, inflammations of all kinds and heart diseases can affect the quality of life this body type. When well balanced, these types have the potential to make great careers due to the added value of the transformative energy in mid-life. The last cycle of life will be more balanced (if they manage to slow down) by creating lifestyle elements to enhance the stabilising energy around them, much like the communicative body types.
The Communicative body type will have a good childhood as their constitution is largely balanced by the extra Stabilising energy of childhood. However, during old age this type will suffer from imbalance due to overactive Communicative energy. These types do not age well, unless they compensate their body type with a lot of Stabilising energy. The overactive communicative energy might induce diseases of the nervous system such as dementia or Parkinson’s. To balance an overactive Communicative body type one must create an environment where Stabilising energy can thrive.