My Top 12 Metabolic Supportive Foods
Recently, I have been focusing a lot of my time and energy on finding and using foods to heal the body, the metabolism, the thyroid, the liver and the gut.
I have discovered that some foods can support your metabolism, while other foods can slow it down (more on those in another blog). Some may be pretty obvious to you while others may be quite surprising to you…
You see, I love to eat. I love great tasting healthy food that provides me with great energy, nourishment, tastes great and helps support my metabolism. There use to be a time in my life when I would eat cardboard tasting food because I thought it was healthy for me, how wrong I was. Like many, I got caught up in the marketing of food. Low calorie, low fat, low in nutrition, easy to make, yet taste like crap and filled with crap.
Now, I know better, now I know what is going to energize me and keep my metabolism fired up (fresh, organic, not processed foods) vs unhealthy food (processed, fast food, frozen, conventional, sugar) that is going to slow my metabolism down and take energy away from me. Can you remember a time that you ate a great, healthy meal and felt great afterwards? What about when you ate an unhealthy meal, how did you feel? Different? Of course!
With that said, I want to give you my TOP 12 healthy, energizing, metabolism boosting foods. If you can find a way to get all of these foods in your diet, in the right amounts, at the right times, within your day and week, then you are one step closer to increasing your metabolism, feeling great and obtaining optimal health.
1. Organic Fruit– pineapple, papaya, melons, cherries, grapes, RIPE/cooked apples, RIPE/cooked pears, peaches, kiwis, etc. are packed with good sugar, antioxidants, and a great source of minerals. Organic fruits and even fruit juices (without pulp) are a great tool for maintaining blood sugar as long as you consume them with a fat and a protein.
2. Organic RAW Carrots– Raw carrots act like a natural antibiotic to aid your gut, thus help you process food better, decrease bacteria and increase your metabolism. Eat in moderation since they are moderately high on the glycemic index. Great with a little coconut oil, vinegar, and salt.
3. Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut oil – A healthy saturated fat consisting primarily of medium chain tryglicerides (MCT). The MCT’s in coconut oil are proven anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents.
4. Organic Pastured Eggs– Eggs are loaded with vitamin B12, Vit D, Vit A, choline and leucine all of which are what your body utilizes to help metabolize fat. A recent research study found those who ate 1-2 eggs for breakfast lost more weight then those who ate bagels, toast or cereal
5. Raw/Organic Dairy – calcium helps break down fat, and milk and other dairy contain tons of calcium. If you are lactose intolerant try raw milk products. Since they are not heated they will contain the live enzymes necessary for you to brake down the milk protein. If you can not get RAW milk in your state then buy organic. At least organic ensures it is hormone and antibiotic free. (add in milk slowly (1-2 oz/day) then try and work up to 8-24oz/day).
6. Organic Fruit Vegetables– Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, pumpkin, etc. Believe it or not, squash are actually fruits. They contain high levels of folate, Vitamin C and beta carotene. They have anti-inflammatory properties which has helped with cancer prevention, arthritis, heart attacks and strokes.
7. Organic Potatoes – rich in protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C. Always eat potatoes with a fat and protein…so add a little butter and eat with a serving of fish, meat or dairy. Add potatoes in slowly, as too much too quick can encourage weight gain.
8. Organic grass fed, FREE roaming meats– Contains Iron and all your essential amino acids. Grass fed meats will contain 1/2 to 1/3 less fat than grain fed beef. These meats are also a great source of protein without all the antibiotics and hormones (my recommendation is to eat these 2-3x week).
9. Shell fish. Oysters, clams, muscles, shrimp, lobster, scallops and crab are all good sources of high quality protein. Shellfish contain vitamins A, C, D and E, and the B vitamins. Shellfish are an exceptional source of vitamin B12, which is required for every metabolic process in the body.
10. Salt–it’s natures diuretic and is necessary to mobilize glucose (sugar). The right white, clean source of salt actually increases your metabolism, decreases edema and helps muscles recover. I recommend Mortan’s canning and pickling salt.
11. Dark, organic chocolate — Dark chocolate contain not only a healthy level of antioxidants but it also contains stearic acid, a saturated fat that has been found to boost your metabolism. Dark chocolate also contains the mineral magnesium which supports metabolism.
12. Bone broth and Gelatin. — Bone broth and gelatin are an amazing protein source free of cysteine and tryptophan (both amino acids have anti metabolic effects). Bone and broth and gelatin also has many anti inflammatory and anti aging properties. (My favorite gelatin is hydrolyzed gelatin from Great Lakes Gelatin)
This week try and one or two of these amazing metabolic foods into your diet. Remove the boxed, frozen, processed foods and see how great you are going to feel. Trust me your body will thank you:)
I do want to specify that the amount of each of these foods, when to take them and what to combine them with is VERY important. Actual dietary requirements are all person specific since we all are at different metabolic rates, different sizes, ages, activity levels, etc. I certainly don’t want you to think you can go out and eat a chocolate bar with a big glass of milk and a burger filled with cheese and get lean and healthy…because most likely you will not. Each and everyone of these foods has a specific purpose and if used properly in the right amounts at the right times can make your body a metabolic furnace.
If you would like more information on how to use these foods to help you get healthy, get energized, increase your metabolism and get lean then please do not hesitate to email me. Finding the right program for YOU can not be achieved by just any cookie cutter approach. Your diet must be individualized and constantly fine tuned to REALLY work long term. Allow your body to heal itself…it can be done with a little hard work, commitment and a desire to want to get better.
Your Optimal Health Coach,
“Disclaimer: I am an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, nutritional and lifestyle coach, not a medical doctor. I do not diagnose, prescribe for, treat or claim to prevent, mitigate or cure any human disease or physical problem. I do not provide diagnosis, care treatment or rehabilitation of individuals, nor apply medical, mental health or human development principles. I do not prescribe prescription drugs nor do I tell you to discontinue them. I provide physical and dietary suggestions to improve health and wellness and to nourish and support normal function and structure of the body. If you suspect any disease please consult your physician.”
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