Developed by Dr. Catherine Shanahan, doctor, NutriGenomic Diet Plan is a scientific weight loss plan. The diet plan seeks its dieters to recognize their genes and consume foods accordingly. Genetic composition of your body requires foods belonging to specific categories to work perfectly well.
That being said, you all have different genetic composition, and foods eaten by you have different impacts on different people. Dr. Catherine contends, by feeding healthy and balanced foods which were consumed by your ancestors, you can please your genes and can stay healthy forever.
What NutriGenomic Diet Plan is?
NutriGenomic diet program has taken some healthy and nutritious foods which are common in different cultures. Four kinds of foods are mainly prevalent in Japan, Egypt, and France. These are –
- Fermented and sprouted foods
- Meat on the bone
- Organ Meat
- Raw Foods
NutriGenomic diet plan is comprised of fresh and organic foods and insists its dieters to consume these foods in some form on daily basis. For example, for having raw veggies and fruits, you can have salad made up of fresh and green vegetables or fruits etc. in your diet. The main aim of diet plan is not to restrain foods from your diet, but it is to help you understand the power of foods.
Relationship Between Foods and Genes
There is direct relationship between foods and genes. Epidemic of obesity, heart diseases, heart stroke, hypertension, diabetes etc. are some of the health issues taking root inside your body due to mismatch between genes and foods consumed by you.
By judiciously consuming foods, you can drive your body the way you want to. You just need to feed virtuous foods having good compatibility with your genes. It’s your genetic composition only which makes you intolerant toward some foods, and make you feel loathsome after consuming them.
For example, some of you might face difficulty in digesting dairy products due to lactose intolerance, whereas others might be having absolutely no problem in digesting it.
How NutriGenomic Diet Plan Works?
NutriGenomic diet plan offers customized diet solution which is completely based on your particular requirements and health conditions. There is one saliva test done in which sample of your saliva is taken and on the basis of that composition of genes in your body is identified.
After your genes combination is known, all your health issues and sensitivities are known and accordingly personalized diet program is designed for you, which deals with your health issues in particular.
Your genes will also help in knowing about your metabolism towards different foods, and depending on that foods will be introduced in your diet regime. These foods will help you in attaining optimum health in a very short period of time.
Seven Nutrient Gene Interactions
There are seven major nutrient gene interactions. Your diet program will vary with your nutrient gene interaction. Let’s have a look at these four nutrient gene interactions, which seeks you to enhance the quantity of nutrients in your diet.
Whole Grains –If your genes are falling short of whole grain foods, more and more whole grain foods will be added in your diet plan. These foods will mitigate your chances of becoming victim of type 2 diabetes, and if you already are suffering from it, whole grain rich diet plan will reduce your blood glucose level and will bring it to normal.
Folate – If your genes are deficient in folate, more and more food items containing folate will be added in your diet regime. These food items will cut your chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and heart stroke.
Vitamin C – If your genes are falling short of vitamin C, foods having high content of vitamin C will be added in your diet regime. These food items will cut your chances of cancer, diabetes, heart stroke, heart disease etc.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – If you don’t eat enough food items containing omega 3 fatty acids, your body becomes deficient in it. But your genes will depict the whole story, and diet program will add foods having high content of omega 3 fatty acids in your diet regime. Omega 3 fatty acid will work like magical nutrient on your body and will relieve you from heart diseases, and high cholesterol level.
Your genes also provide indications about the nutrients which are in excess amount in your body, and you need to reduce their consumption. Three such gene nutrient interactions are there, let’s have a look.
Sodium – You need to prune the consumption of salt in your diet. The diet program will add less salty yet delicious recipes in your diet which will provide you relief from high blood pressure, heart attack, and chronic hypertension.
Caffeine – Some of you might be intolerant to caffeine. Should you forbid foods containing caffeine, you can get rid of cardiac diseases.
Saturated Fats – Saturated fat is found in greater amount in most of processed food items consumed today. You need to mitigate its consumption. With reduced consumption of saturated fats, there would be apparent impact on your body weight and you will start feeling lighter.
Workouts in NutriGenomic Diet
Dieters are recommended to practice workouts on daily basis to stay fit. Workouts will build up healthy tissues, will improve functioning of hormones, will prune the release of stress hormone named cortisol, and will foster release of mood enhancing hormones in your body.
High intensity workouts are mainly emphasized by the diet plan. That being said, you don’t have to directly switch to high intensity workouts. You rather need to gradually move from low intensity to high intensity workouts. Direct inclusion of high intensity exercises without having any prior experience might injure your body parts. So, go slow.
Sample Meal Plan
Let’s have a look at one of the sample meal plans of nutriGenomic diet plan.
You can have crepes with vanilla whipped cream, fresh fruit, one cup of tea etc. in your breakfast.
You can have fresh garden salad, sardines on sprouted grain toast with sauerkraut and mustard, one glass tomato juice etc. in your lunch.
You can have beef heart strips, steamed broccoli, garlic butter sauce, grilled beef topped with bone marrow medallions etc. in your dinner.
You can have half oz dark chocolate in your dessert.