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 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,

Kate Deering

“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.”

References:

Josh Rubin www.eastwesthealing.com

Dr Ray Peat www.raypeat.com

Dr Lita Lee www.drlitalee.com

Why I love saturated fat…

My saturated fat story…

If there is one thing you should know about me it is this — I have always been a health freak and a workout queen — and I have loved every minute of it. I knew from the moment I started walking that a sitting job was never going to work for me. Thus, I think I was born to be the athlete-personal trainer-fitness-nutrition freak that I am today.   You know, your basic super hero..

Fast forward a few decades to about a year ago, I was training for 3 or 4 half-marathons, a possible half Iron Man triathlon, and a few 10-hour hikes — crazy, yet normal for me at that time of my life. I thought my body was healthy, so I could do anything…right?

Nope. Unfortunately, at the end of 2010, I incurred a nasty groin strain. This was not my first injury, but this was the first injury that was absolutely relentless — and alarmingly, it was not healing. About the same time, my body started to feel chronically tired, I gained a few pounds, and I was feeling “blah” — not a good state for a fitness professional.

I went to every doctor, massage therapist, chiropractor, orthopedic professional, physical therapist, acupuncturist, voodoo-ist I could find (ok, I didn’t do voodoo, but I considered it). Each appointment would help for a bit, yet nothing seemed to completely heal me. I felt “off”, and I started to become totally frustrated. I am a nutritionist, so I knew I was eating right. I was trying to stay less active (Ok, I did the best I could — I am a trainer for God’s sake). I slept, I drank tons of water, took tons of supplements — tried everything. Yet the damn groin still hurt and I was still feeling “blah”.

This is when I stopped looking for doctors to give me answers and I started my own self-directed research. I found physiologist Dr. Ray Peat, renowned chemist and nutrition expert Dr. Lita Lee, Dr. Broda Barnes, Dr. John Lee, and Josh Rubin (a highly respected colleague of mine and holistic health practitioner). This is when I allowed my current set of beliefs on nutrition and what I believed to be “healthful” to be completely turned upside down. It’s not to say that what I was doing was “wrong” per say, it just what I was doing wasn’t working for me anymore. Sound familiar to anyone? By all health standards, I was eating the perfect diet — lean meats, tons of vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, fruits, organic protein powders, and whole food organic bars. I was eating no butter, no cheese, no milk, no sugar, no saturated fat — no fun. Yet, my current diet and lifestyle, although very healthy by most peoples’ standards, was just not working for me anymore.

For the next 8 months, I was 10 feet deep in research, human physiology, endocrinology, nutrition science — learning about thyroid issues, hormones, inflammation… science, science, science. I think I read more articles and books in the last year than I did in 4 years of college. What I realized was my body was in a chronic inflammatory state — not just from my recent injury, but from years and years of over exercising and “healthy” dieting. I say “healthy” because for years I followed the trends of dieting and thought I was eating healthfully, when in all reality, I was not.

It has only been within the last 9 years of my life that I have really understood what a healthy diet should be. And now, with all my current knowledge, it will evolve again. Yes, things change, we learn more, we get better, we apply what we learn, and we grow. The nutrition and medical industries are constantly changing. As we all know, we are learning more everyday…as to why things that were bad for us are now considered good, and things that were good for us are now considered bad. Just another reason for you to be constantly invested in your own health and well being.

I have been a fitness professional for almost 20 years now, a clinical nutritionist for 9 years, and a holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach for the last 4 years. There is never a year that goes by that my practice doesn’t improve and grow. Yet this year, with all that I learned, the knowledge really changed me — it changed how I run my practice, how I live my life, how I view health, and how I eat.

I started including moderate levels of saturated fats, and then gradually increased them more. I started using healthy sugars (including cane sugar and fruit juice), and healthy proteins like grass-fed dairy (milk, cheese, cream), shell fish, gelatin, white fish, and a small amount of grass fed beef. I also began removing many other foods that are currently considered “healthy” by many, including ALL polyunsaturated fats, beans, and grains. I also cut out most nuts and some vegetables (this will be a blog for another day).

This is what happened:

Initially, I saw my weight and my cholesterol rise. Weight gain and increased cholesterol levels — that can’t be good, right? Well, let’s remember, I was in an inflamed state (from chronic overtraining), and the cholesterol was being released to allow me to heal. The additional weight was also in response to trying to heal my metabolism — a metabolism that was damaged from years of overtraining and under-nourishing (omitting saturated fat and the right sugars, and eating far less than my body really needed). In a matter of 3 months, while I allowed my body to heal, my cholesterol dropped over 40 points, my body weight dropped back to normal, and I started to feel that everything was right in the world again (no more “blah” feeling) — all while eating over 2000 to 2200 calories and 50-100g of fat a day (most of that being saturated fat). Interesting, huh?

Yes, I lost body fat while eating anywhere from 50-100g. grams of fat a day, while exercising less than I had in the last 10 years of my life. I never made all the planned runs or the half Iron Man. Yet, I’m sure it was for the best, as my body has almost fully healed. In all honesty, it may take years for my body to fully recover from my HIGH activity level and damaged metabolism.

Believe it or not, most highly active individuals have a damaged metabolism, yet most don’t understand this. They believe it is age that is affecting their metabolism. The truth is, all things that are stressful to your body, including exercise, can affect your metabolism negatively.  Once again, this does not mean you should not exercise. It just means do the right type of exercise, for the right amount of time, and at the right intensity for YOUR needs so that you can get better, rather than worse.

Ok, where was I? Right — saturated fat…

Now, I am not telling you to go out and eat tons of butter, cream, and cheese to try and lose weight and get healthy.  You need to have an understanding as to how, when, and what types of saturated fats you should be eating.  Plus, there is a lot more to healing your metabolism that just eating saturated fats. Is it ok to eat all these things? Absolutely! Should you start eating 100 grams of saturated fat like I do without understanding what you are doing? Probably not.  Saturated fat is a very powerful nutrient. If the proper types are used, in the right amounts, with the right combination of protein and carbs, you can have not only a healing nutrient, but a nutrient that will actually allow you to enjoy rich, great tasting food again.

For those of you who have asked, here is a typical day of eating for me:

Breakfast: 

Two whole eggs cooked in 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

1 cup of OJ and 1/2 cup of well cooked russet potatoes (with butter)

Coffee with 1/4 cup whole milk, 1 tsp cane sugar, and 1 tbsp gelatin

Snack: 

6 oz.Orange juice, 1 tbsp gelatin protein, and 3 pieces of 85% organic dark chocolate

1 medium carrot with 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil

Lunch: 

3 oz grass-fed beef, 1 cup of bone broth, 2 cups of squash cooked in 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil

Salad: Tomato, cucumber, onion with parmesan cheese, sea salt, and balsamic vinegar

Snack: 

Shake: 1 cup of raw whole milk, ½ cup of fruit, 2 tbsp of gelatin, 1 tbsp Greek yogurt

Dinner: 

4 oz wild cod cooked in 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil

2 cups of cooked fruit (cooked in butter and cinnamon), 1/4 cup ricotta cheese,

1 cup of cooked peppers and onions with 1 tsp butter

Snack: 

1 glass of 2% milk, ½ cup of OJ, dash of salt

Now, this is a typical day. The calories may increase or decrease due to stress, workout load, and work load. Or I may just want some ice cream (yes, I eat that too…Hagan Daz only…no additives). Personally, I monitor my diet weekly to make sure I am constantly running at an optimal level (I do this by measuring my pulse, body temperature, and get frequent blood/lab work*).

*No need for you to do as much lab work as me, I do it for research purposes only.

The end result is my body feels better. I used to be in a constant state of achiness. I honestly thought it was normal because of all the activity in my life. I lived with aches and pains every day. I never complained. I never really felt “bad” — I guess I just got used to the achy feeling. Do you do that? Would you like to feel better?

At the end of the day, I consider myself a trainer, a nutritionist, and a constant researcher. I read at least 1 to 2 hours every night, more on the weekends, and even more on vacation. I love to learn and I love to share with all of you what I am doing, what I am learning, and how it can help you. My goal is to always get better, to help all of you get better, and to live a long, healthy life of prosperity, happiness, and joy.

Your  Optimal Health Coach,

Kate

“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.”

 

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. 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, polyunsaturated fats) 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– Lychees, pawpaw, sapote, plums, pineapple, papaya, RIPE or cooked apples, pears, peaches, kiwis, cherries, oranges, watermelon, dates and grapes.  These fruits are packed with fiber and antioxidants, and a great source of Mg and CA. Fresh fruits and even fruit juices (without pulp) are a great tool for increasing metabolic rate, generating heat and energy and maintaining a normal blood sugar level– as long as they are consumed with a fat and a protein.

2. Organic RAW Carrots– Raw carrots can act like a natural antibiotic to aid your gut, thus help you process food better, decrease bacteria and increase your metabolism. Consume 1-2 raw carrots a day.  Great with a little coconut oil, vinegar, and salt.

3. Organic Coconut oil – Coconut oil is filled with medium chain fatty acids which are used as energy quite efficiently.  Coconut oil has anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial properties.  Plus, coconut oil supports thyroid function, thus increases your metabolism.

4.  Organic Pastured Eggs– Eggs are loaded with vitamin B12, Vit D, Vit A, choline and leucine all of which are needed by body 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.  Organic Dairy – Milk is perfect food made of equal amount of fat, protein and sugars. Milk contains tons of digestible calcium which is needed for proper bone, teeth and tissue growth and repair. Milk is filled with other minerals and vitamins, primarily, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D.  Milk drinkers are none to have a lower BMI, stronger bones and lower risks of CVD.

6. Organic Squash– pumpkin, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti, butternut, 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  – Russet and white sweet potatoes are best.  Due to their high starch content, always eat potatoes with a fat like butter, ghee or coconut oil.

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. Grass-fed meats are higher in CLA and contain less polyunsaturated fats than the conventionally farmed meats.

9. Salt–it’s natures diuretic and is necessary to mobilize glucose (sugar). The right salt actually increases your metabolism, decreases edema and helps muscles recover. I recommend an unrefined white sea salt.

10. 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.

11. Gelatin. The cooked form of animal collagen. Gelatin is an amazing protein source free of cysteine and tryptophan (both amino acids have anti metabolic effects). Gelatin also has many anti inflammatory and anti aging properties. www. GreatLakesGelatin.com

12.  Shellfish.  Muscles, oysters, clams, shrimp and scallops.  Shellfish are high in minerals, especially zine and copper.  Shellfish contain protein that is easy to digest and may be less toxic than  many of the larger fish.

This week try and add as many 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 food, when to take it and what to combine it 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 pilled 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.

Your Optimal Health Coach.
Kate Deering

“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.”
References:
Josh Rubin www.eastwesthealing.com
Dr Ray Peat www.raypeat.com
Dr Lita Lee www.drlitalee.com