Kate Deering

Kate Deering

Personal Trainer / Fitness & Nutrition Coach

For over 20 years Kate Deering has been involved in the health and fitness industry helping men and women of all ages achieve optimal health and wellness. Read More…

Why Eating Like a “Celebrity” Will Ruin Your Metabolism

Why eating like a “celebrity” will ruin your metabolism There was a time in my life, many, many years ago, that I used to buy into “celebrity” diets.  I’d pick up the current People or Us magazine and read how Oprah or some other celebrity had lost extreme amounts of weight–quickly.   The celebrity would claim that all they had to do was eat pre-packaged food, or consume a liquid-only diet, or eat a low calorie diet and/or take a magic supplement to drop pounds rapidly.  I would see the before and after pictures and think, “Wow, that diet really worked, look how fast they lost weight, and see how good they looked.”. Both the celebrity and I would assume the diet really worked! What you didn’t see or hear about was how the celebrity, three months later, was struggling to keep off the weight.  Then within the next 6 months to 2 years, the same celebrity would show up in People or Us magazine with all the weight back on confessing they had no will power and they had failed, once again, at keeping their weight down.  Oprah, it’s not you fault!!! How many of you have seen these headlines in a magazine, TV show, on the Internet or one of the other million of places you are marketed to? *Learn how insert celebrity name here lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. *Or learn how insert celebrity name here lost her baby weight in 60 days. *Or learn how insert celebrity name here got red-carpet ready. The story above and all of these statements NOW irritate the crap out... read more

Nuts and seeds…Too much of a good thing?

Nuts and seeds…Too much of a good thing? For years, nuts and seeds were a BIG part of my diet.  Nuts, seeds, nut and seed bars, and nut butters were staples when it came to my everyday food plan.   I ate almond butter in my oatmeal in the morning, a bag of nuts for a snack, a few nuts on my salad for lunch and a scoop of peanut butter in my protein shake later on in the day.  Nuts and seeds, seeds and nuts…how could you lose with such a tasty nutritious snack? The only problem, were some digestive issues: stomach bloating and seeing the undigested nuts and seeds in my stool (I know…too much information).  Quite honestly, I didn’t think much about any of these things because I knew how healthy they were for me. I thought of nuts and seeds as a good source of protein, filled with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals…plus they were convenient and tasted great… right? These days, almost every-health conscious person loves their nuts and seeds.   Almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts… these crunchy, tasty snacks go great with any salad, casserole or just eaten by themselves as a snack.  Eating nuts and seeds has become a staple for individuals who want a healthy snack, that’s easy and taste great. BUT — (you knew there was going to be a BUT)—have any of you, like me, ever had digestive upset, bloating or undigested nuts and seeds in your stool?  I’ll guess most of you will say “yes,” and for those of you that said “no”, you may... read more

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"If a diet is barely adequate in the essential minerals, increasing the metabolic rate, or decreasing intestinal absorption of minerals, will produce mineral deficiencies and metabolic problems." -RP

I think this is a very important quote, for 5 many reasons.

1. When you increase your body's need for more energy you also increase your body's need for nutrition. This is why HIGH nutrient rich foods like milk, orange juice, oysters, liver, cooked vegetables, fruits, bone broth, eggs and even coffee and chocolate are recommended in a metabolically supportive diet. They are full of usable nutrients without putting too much stress on the gut to break them down.

2. Sugar, although a metabolic stimulant, will produce nutritional deficiencies if consumed with out nutrients. This is why lots of white sugar, with out a strong nutritional foundation is never recommended and can produce illness and disease--yet, we must remember it's not because of sugar, its because the body lacks adequate nutrition.

3. Gut health is vital for a healthy body. If you have lots of food allergies, do not tolerate dairy, have gut bloating, IBS, Celiac, Crohns, Colitis, etc. etc. I'd suggest work on your gut health as a start of your healing process. Bone broth, gelatin, consuming easy to digest sugars, coconut oil, the raw carrot, eating slow and small frequent meals should be apart of your day.

4. Suppressing metabolic rate can give the illusion that you have healed your issues because it decreases the need for nutrition and suppress your immune responses (pain, inflammation, increasing cholesterol). Consuming foods that suppress metabolic rate (polyunsaturated fats and foods that contain PUFA's--nuts, seeds, soy, etc) have been shown to decrease many symptoms--by slowing metabolism and suppressing immune response.

5. Be careful when adding metabolic supplements like thyroid, progesterone, aspirin, caffeine, and pregnenolone into your health program. Make sure your diet is nutritionally supportive. Anything that increases metabolism will increase nutritional needs. If the diet is poor and you add in supplements, you may cause more harm than good.
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