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…

How To Heal Your Metabolism

How to Heal Your Metabolism Lately, as many of you know I have been deep in reading and researching about the systems of the body, healing the body, nutrients, foods that heal and how they are all related in increasing metabolic function.  I think we can agree that we would all like to increase our metabolism…right?  As we get older we are led to believe that our metabolism will just naturally slow down.  We will have to work harder and eat less just to stay thin and feel good about ourselves.  Do these statements ring true to you?  They certainly did for me…of course, until now. You see, for many years, I believed the only way that I could increase my metabolic expenditure (increase calories burned) was to add more muscle to my body and/or to exert more energy through increased exercise load and intensity.  However, there is actually a third way to increase your metabolism.  One that is not discussed very often, either because people do not know about it or they just do not understand it.  Are you wondering what it is?  Oh, I bet you are… Over the last few years of my studies, I have begun to look at the body and its functions very differently.  I have realized that the health of our metabolism is more than just how much we move and how much muscle we have; a healthy metabolism is about what is happening in every cell of our body and the actual respiration of every cell of our body.  Thus, if we can increase cellular respiration we can increase metabolic function.... read more

My Top 12 Metabolic Supportive Foods

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... read more

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"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. "

-Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning"

I absolutely love this quote. It reminds me that I have choice to let life break me or to allow myself to find meaning, even in the most devastating of situations.

Viktor Frankl was a professor of neurology and psychiatry. During WWII he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.

Everything was taken from him. His wife, his family, his freedom, food, his possessions, etc. He was beaten, worked to the bone, fed food scraps, faced the fear of death everyday--yet, he did not allow his situation to break him, as he knew he still had choice in what he told himself. He still had choice in his attitude.

I can not even fathom what it must have been like for a holocaust survivors. Luckily, my life does not bring such hardships, but there are different pains, disappoitments and struggles. And somedays I feel like life is going to break me--and then I remember I still have choice.

Here is the thing about life..there are no guarantees. You can do everything right, yet still meet disappointment, illness, pain, loss, and heartache. I know when things like this happen, life doesn't seem fair. I have been there--many times. The truth is life isn't fair and shitty things happen to amazing people. Nobody is getting through life unscathed. We all have many lessons to learn. What is realized is the painful, challenging times are the pivotal times that makes us stronger, wiser, and better human beings--if we choose. And yes, it is a choice.

Like every holocaust surviver, Viktor Frankl could have let his experience break him, and we would all understand if it did. It would make sense if he was angry, resentful, hateful, depressed, etc after such a horrible experience. Yet, he still choose differently. Im sure it wasn't easy, and it took a lot of hard work. Yet, he still choose a different attitude, one that allowed him to survive, even thrive after his liberation

So what am I trying to say..
Even in the shittiest of times there is meaning. You may have to dig really deep, but there is meaning... The trick is to allow yourself the time and space to find it. To not avoid things but work through things. To allow yourself to feel whatever emotion that comes up. And then to be able to accept what ever life has brought to you. Once you reach acceptance, you will be free.
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