Slow down to accelerate healing
ANY person that wants to heal, needs to slow down – with food, as much as in any other area of their lives. This is because in order for healing to occur, the body needs to get into the “rest-and-digest” restorative mode, as opposed to the “fight-or-flight” stress mode. This is especially true for Fast Oxidizer Metabolic Types, yet it is the hardest thing to do for them.
About 75% of people taking the Metabolic Type Analysis with me, come out as Fast Oxidizers (please note that this does not correspond to the global distribution).
As the name indicates, those people are very active, always in a rush, hard to slow down (and annoyed by those trying to do so), shoveling down food while in the car, in front of the laptop or rushing to the next appointment,… in their minds always at least one step ahead of where they are at in a given moment (as a former Fast Oxidizer I know what I am talking about ;)).
In other words, they find themselves in a constant “fight-or-flight” stress response.
This state of being – if becoming chronic – makes it impossible to well digest and assimilate any experience – leave alone food (hello digestive issues). Just like they constantly need new things to do, as nothing seems to satisfy them for longer than 10 minutes, they also constantly crave sweet food to provide them new energy.
Depending on other metabolic factors, they might or might not struggle with weight issues due to the constant release of stress hormones and insulin (which both tell the body to store fat). But independent of their weight, they will always be inflamed to a certain extent, have blood sugar issues (either too high or too low), and suffer from hormonal imbalances – all of which increase the risk of developing degenerative diseases in the long run.
ANY person that wants to heal, needs to slow down – with food, as much as in any other area of their lives. This is because in order for healing to occur, the body needs to get into the “rest-and-digest” restorative mode, as opposed to the “fight-or-flight” stress mode.
Being the fastest of all types, this is especially true for Fast Oxidizers, yet it is the hardest thing to do for them. Picking the right foods from their food list in the right proportions is the first step to help them slow down their metabolism. However, if those foods are consumed in a hurry, it won’t be enough. They need to simultaneously start practicing conscious breathing and mindfulness. Find an interesting article about that here. Yoga (especially Yin Yoga as offered by my friend Dace in Brussels) and meditation (I highly recommend Vipassana) also fall into this category.
From my own experience, I can confirm that once one gives it an honest, dedicated try, benefits will be felt immediately – and the two former strangers will become the two most valued allies on the journey towards real and lasting metabolic balance.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you in this process!