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A Bizymoms' Exclusive Interview with Elizabeth Morrison and Dr.Elliot D. Abravanel

1. What made the two of you collaborate in starting this business?

Dr. Abravanel developed his Body Type concept in his medical practice. It just so happened that one of his patients was a literary agent, and she said "You should really write this in a book. I'm sure a lot of people would like to know about it." Dr. Abravanel knew he wouldn't have time to be both a doctor and a writer, so he asked Elizabeth to come in as the writer. Since she had an education background, he also asked her to help develop his Body Type Diet into a practical program that people could learn from and use.

2. Before being inspired to begin in this area of work, what were the bothof you involved in?

Elizabeth was a writer and high school Latin teacher, and Elliot was a practicing physician. They met while both working on the staff of the great Indian teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (they are both lifelong students of Transcendental Meditation.) Elizabeth worked on education programs on Maharishi's staff, and Elliot was director of medical services.

3. People are looking for good if not great solutions to their weight issues, and in your article you have mentioned that people are "confused by many conflicting diets out there." Could you elaborate on this sentence further? 

Today's diets can be divided into two main categories: high protein diets like the Atkins Diet, and lower-protein, higher- carbohydrate diets like the American Heart Association Diet.  Over time, which category is more popular tends to swing back and forth. If you don't know your Body Type, you really do not know which of these categories to choose. The real answer is that T-Types and P-Types do need more protein, while A-Types and G-Types do better with less protein and more carbs. 

4. As we all know diabetes affects many people in the United States. How can we apply the information on your article in managing or preventing this disease?

It is well known that losing even ten pounds can have a very positive effect on diabetes. We would urge anyone with diabetes to discover their Body Type and follow the program for safe weight loss. It will do so much for their health.

5. If we were to have, the normal, 3 meals a day, would you be able to give us a brief meal plan that we would follow, for each of these three meals, to satisfy the needs of the four major glands?

Everyone needs a variety of food with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, whole grains and good quality protein. The biggest difference in the Body Type diets is breakfast. P-Types need the most protein-we recommend several ounces of animal protein, which can be fish, chicken or meat, along with a small amount of whole grains. For T-Types, the best breakfast is two eggs and a small amount of whole grains. A-types do better without protein in the morning. We recommend whole-grain cereal and low- or non-fat dairy. G-Types do best with a very light breakfast-a piece of fruit, or a small amount of nonfat dairy. For the other meals, it would be best to get the information from bodytypes.com after finding your body type. There are quite a few details that need to be explained.

6. Where does exercise fall in this balance?

Exercise is vital for health, fitness and balance. There is a Body Type component here too, as some kinds of exercise are more balancing for each type. Again please discover your body type at bodytypes.com, or from the book, and read our exercise recommendations!

7. Do you think that implementing your diet plan on children could help them to eat healthier in the future?

It is possible to tell children's body types quite early, and it can be helpful. Kids usually enjoy this idea, and they are so quick and learning to pick out the types, too. And yes, it can help to steer kids in the right direction. Children need a variety of foods, and shouldn't be restricted from any category of healthy food. And junk food is not good for any body type!

8. What certifications and qualifications should one have to become a dietician? Are they aware about balancing diets according to the needs of the four major glands?

The US Department of Labor says this about qualifications: "Dietitians and nutritionists need at least a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area; licensure, certification, or registration requirements vary by State." Many nutritionists do use the Body Type ideas, but as far as I am aware it is not part of normal certification. Perhaps it will be some day! In the meantime, we offer a  training course for health professionals who would like to add knowledge of the Body Type System to their practice. Please see bodytypes.com for details.

9. What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist? 

I am quoting from a web site called The Final Spring: "The American Dietetics Association defines a Registered Dietitian (RD) as “a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “RD.”There is no legal definition for the term nutritionist, so anyone can call himself or herself by that title. A nutritionist however, is commonly defined as a person who advises people on dietary matters relating to health, wellbeing and optimal nutrition. “Self-identified” nutritionists may have varying levels of education, and can be someone with little education up to someone who may have the equivalent of a master’s degree in Physiology or Biology. "

10. Would you be willing to share your views on health and nutrition with our bizy moms?

Of course!

11. Are your goals set for the future?

We hope to continue helping people meet their health, weight and fitness goals for many years to come.

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