Primal Kitchen Cofounder Morgan Tried Zoe and Here’s What Happened

Today we have an unique visitor author, Primal Kitchen area® cofounder Morgan Zanotti. She’s sharing her experience attempting an individualized microbiome program, that includes consuming clinical muffins, puncturing herself with needles, and tracking her way of life, all for the objective of an enhanced gut. Take it away, Morgan! 

A couple of weeks earlier, I had the possibility to interview microbiome specialist Dr. Tim Spector for the Primal Cooking Area® Podcast. Dr. Tim established Zoe, a microbiome program that individualizes an optimum consuming pattern simply for you utilizing at-home screening, paired with details about your way of life and how you experience your everyday. The strategy and app bring all of it together to identify how your body reacts to foods, and makes suggestions to assist you live your finest life.

When I do these interviews, my objective is to get more information about the individual sitting throughout from me. However the fact is, I discovered more than I ever would like to know about myself after speaking to Dr. Tim and going through the Zoe procedure!

As soon as Dr. Tim gave me the rundown of Zoe and what it does, I knew I had to give it a go. Here’s how it works.

The Zoe Process

First, I took a quiz, which covered the usual age range and gender questions, but also digs into details on how many plants I eat in a typical day, where my energy levels were, things like that. That information generates a rough idea of your inflammation profile, but that’s not enough to put you on a plan.

From there, you get into testing your actual biology. With at-home kits, you do a gut microbiome test, a blood fat test, and you wear a blood sugar sensor to see blood sugar response to certain foods. No lab visits— you do it all yourself and it’s pretty goof-proof.

I’ll admit, I was a little scared to apply the continuous blood sugar monitor on my arm, but it was easy to place, I barely felt it (seriously) and more importantly, it was easy to forget about once it was secured with medical tape.

Meanwhile, you’re eating “standardized test meals,” which are essentially gluten-free fancy science muffins. These contain specific macronutrients that you eat at specific times so that you can test how your body responds to certain foods and eating patterns over time.

The blood sugar data was especially interesting, because I could read it on my phone in real-time. And unlike pricking your finger, the continuous glucose monitor shows the full curve of your blood sugar response. If you rely on a finger prick you’re getting one piece of data at a specific time, but you really don’t get the full picture. Sometimes, my blood sugar responded before I was done eating!

I’ve done a lot of self-experiments historically where I’ve gone full keto (total 20g carbs/day), I’ve gone pescetarian for a few months while I was getting my yoga teaching certification, but this felt way more precise, informative and awesomely geeky.

How Did It Go?

After playing mad scientist for a few days, I found out some super useful information.

My blood sugar was better if I didn’t eat breakfast, so I seem to be much more insulin resistant in the morning. This is unusual, according to Dr. Tim, but he experiences the same thing.

Mark recommended I try intermittent fasting years ago and I’ve been more or less eating in a shortened time frame for a while now, so it’s nice to have confirmation that my metabolism likes it that way!

I also found that if I have steak, I can have ice cream for dessert and my blood sugar doesn’t budge. Sometimes I feel like I have to be strict, so it’s great to understand that as long as I have a decent amount of protein and fat, an occasional sweet treat won’t shake things up too much especially if the treat is post-meal.

I’d also like to learn more about the effects of fat in the blood on health. My results say it’s not a concern for me, however the concept sparked my curiosity. Tim feels like the blood fat response is just as important (if not more important) than blood sugar, but that concept hasn’t really taken off in a meaningful way. We’re behind the science.

You Have Your Data. Then What?

Now that I have my data, I have a personalized plan, complete with an app and coaches for support. If you really want to make strides with your gut health, Zoe is a comprehensive ecosystem of details and education, and it’s simply the right balance of guidelines with flexibility.

Head over to the Zoe site to get your personalized strategy!


About the Author

Mark Sisson is the creator of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and way of life motion, and the New York City Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet Plan. His newest book is Keto for Life, where he talks about how he integrates the keto diet plan with a Primal way of life for optimum health and durability. Mark is the author of various other books too, consisting of The Primal Plan, which was credited with turbocharging the development of the primal/paleo motion back in 2009. After investing 3 years looking into and informing folks on why food is the essential element to attaining and keeping optimum health, Mark introduced Primal Kitchen area, a real-food business that produces Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen area staples.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.