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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"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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