What is Primal Pattern® Diet Typing?
Primal Pattern® Diet Typing is a system for identifying your optimal starting point for fine-tuning your macronutrient (animal to plant food) ratios. Today, this is not so easily done because in the past 1,000 years there has been an increase in racial mixing as we’ve become progressively more mobile. Only a few hundred years ago, it was normal for an Aboriginal to live his entire life without meeting an Eskimo or any other significantly different race (and therefore, genes). Today, the Eskimo thriving on about 90% animal foods: 10% plant foods could mate with the inland Aboriginal eating the opposite ratio of about 90% plant foods: 10% animal foods. Their offspring could have a phenotype akin to the mother's, the father's, or require a range of nutrients far broader than either parent alone! This can create some interesting dietary challenges because of the variances in phenotypes among races with such radically different environmental demands on their genes.
Unfortunately, most nutritionists and dietitians prescribe meal plans based on flat percentages of proteins, fats and carbohydrates rather than the biological heritage of their clients. Though there are thousands of diet books and millions of people following such advice, we are the most obese, unhealthy people ever, and childhood obesity in the United States is an epidemic!
In a nutshell, what is wrong is that we lack clear understanding of how to eat whole food and this includes an understanding of what protein, fat and carbohydrate ratios are! The questionnaire below will help you to better understand the protein/fat/carbohydrate ratios that are best suited to your body's particular needs.
When answering the questions, circle the answer that best describes the way you feel, not the way you think you should eat! If none of the answers suit you with regard to a particular question, simply don’t answer that question. If the answer A suits you some of the time (in the morning, but not the evening for example), and answer B suits you other times, choose the one that best reflects how you feel most often on any one given day.