There is an infinite array of dietary choices that you can choose from. This is both exciting and daunting at the same time!
This section of the Micros Masterclass FAQs shows how Nutrient Optimiser guides you through making better food choices and moving towards a more optimal diet that aligns with your goals.
How Does Nutrient Optimiser Cater to My Dietary Preferences and Pre-Existing Conditions?
We have categorised our various NutriBooster recipes in Nutrient Optimiser to cater to specific goals outlined in the table below.
|1. Primary goal||2. Metabolic health||3. Rate of weight loss||Approach|
|weight loss||healthy||fast||maximum nutrient density|
|weight loss||healthy||rapid||fat loss|
|weight loss||elevated blood sugars||gentle||blood sugar & fat loss|
|weight loss||healthy||aggressive||high protein: energy|
|weight loss||cancer||fast||cancer (weight loss)|
|weight maintenance||elevated blood sugars||–||blood sugars|
|weight maintenance||healthy||–||healthy maintenance|
|weight maintenance||cancer||–||cancer (maintenance)|
|growth & activity||normal||–||athletes & bulking|
|weight gain||cancer||–||Cancer (weight gain)|
We have also organised and tagged our NutriBooster recipes based on a range of dietary preferences, including:
- egg and dairy-free
- low-carb vegetarian
- autoimmune paleo (AIP)
- low histamine
- nutritional keto
- athletes and bulking
- therapeutic keto
For more information on our NutriBooster recipes, see Which NutriBooster Recipe Book is Right for Me?
Is It Better to Eat More Plant-Based Foods or Animal and Sea Foods?
We don’t mind where you land on the spectrum between plant-based, animal-based, and seafood.
Some of the more nutrient-dense, high-satiety foods tend to come from plants. However, there is a limit to how much you can eat because they have such a low energy density. Thus, there is a limit to the physical quantity of how much spinach, celery, asparagus, and watercress you can physically consume. If you only ate these foods, you would struggle to get enough calories and protein.
Once you get your fill of nutrient-dense, non-starchy veggies, you will need to seek out other sources of energy and protein to satisfy the remaining void. If you don’t do it intentionally, your appetite will do it for you!
Many of the most nutrient-poor, low satiety foods like vegetable oils, flour, and sugar are also plant-based. Hence, simply defining your diet as ‘plant-based’ does not mean that it will be more nutritious.
Plant-based foods tend to have less protein per calorie. They also have a relatively lower protein bioavailability (i.e., the amount of protein your body can use). Therefore, if you exclusively adhere to a plant-based diet, you will need to pay more attention to ensure you get adequate protein to maximise satiety.
How Do I Find Gluten-Free Recipes?
By focusing on nutrient density, most grain-based products are automatically excluded. As a result, all of our recipes are gluten-free. Thus, we found it redundant to create a separate gluten-free category.
What if I’m a ‘Fussy Eater’?
Nutrient Optimiser gives you a wide range of foods and recipe options that you can ‘audition’ and see if you like them. Then, you can work your way down the lists to find new foods and meals you want to try.
Many people are surprised to find that they like foods they had never thought of trying before, especially when adding them to foods and meals they already enjoy.
We encourage you to be a little adventurous during the Micros Masterclass. Nutrient Optimiser gamifies the process of progressively dialling in your nutrition, but you only need to move at a rate that you are comfortable. If you only try a couple of new foods and meals each week, you will still be making progress!
You may be surprised at how your tastes change as you begin focusing on foods that you know supply your body with the macronutrients and micronutrients it requires.
What About Fortified Foods?
As a general rule, any foods that come in a package with a long list of ingredients (e.g. colours, flavours, and vitamins) tend to contain a mixture of refined grains, industrial seed oils, and processed sugars. The low-protein, ‘carb and fat’ combo is the magic formula that processed food companies use to make us overeat these foods.
In addition, you may eat more processed foods to get more of these fortified nutrients because your body also craves vitamins and minerals and loses interest in more satiating foods that naturally contain these nutrients like meat, seafood and vegetables.
What is Your Personalised Optimal 30/30?
We are creatures of habit! Our analysis shows that people get most of their calories from less than 30 foods and 30 meals.
After baselining, you will identify Your Favourite Foods and Your Favourite Meals. These are your staple foods and meals that you often gravitate to and eat, thus providing most of your calories.
During the Macros Masterclass, Nutrient Optimiser will guide you to find some new foods and meals that align with your goals and help optimise your current diet. You can add these to your shortlist of favourites and your regular rotation.
You can only have a maximum of 30 foods and meals, so you will need to drop some of the less-optimal ones that don’t align with your goals. In the end, you will be left with a shortlist that we call Your Personalised Optimal 30/30. This encompasses your favourite 30 foods and 30 meals that you enjoy and align with your goals.
Your Personalised Optimal 30/30 is perfect to effortlessly keep you in line after the Macros Masterclass, as it allows you to easily continue prioritising meals that you know align with your goals without having to rely on food tracking.
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1 thought on “Optimising Your Food and Meal Choices [Micros Masterclass FAQ Part 5]”
Micros will be the perfect follow-in from Macros. The splitting of Macs and Mics is proving enormously successful guys.
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