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SHMEC

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dr Jade Teta created this acronym as a base-line measure for women's health.

S = sleep

H = hunger

M = mood

E = energy

C = cravings

and rather than a 'one size fits all' program, in the metabolic renewal program, it's up to you to tune into how you're feeling, and adjust accordingly.

As part of the program (and yes, I did pay $39 to get the basic program) there are several downloadable resources, and one is a neat spreadsheet where you can score your SHMEC at the beginning of each week.

Obviously all these five elements are co-dependent - so the aim is to be super-sensitive to what's going on, and see how you can adjust things.

For example, at my age, getting up at the crack of dawn to get a workout done at the gym before going off to work, is likely to stress my body, make me more hungry, more moody, run out of energy by lunch-time, and find myself craving foods mid-afternoon.

I'm only just at the beginning of this program. Yesterday I added some basmati rice to my evening meal - carbs that I usually avoid like the plague.

As I walked to my evening class at 7pm, I focused on walking at a relaxed pace (not rushing), and I checked in: hunger - all good; mood - all good; energy - all good; cravings = none. I noticed this and was encouraged.

So, as he says, "Keep your SHMEC in check" - it's a good mantra!

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