Most of the food people eat these days is moving their metabolism in the wrong direction!
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is constantly moving people towards using more non fiber sugar-laden carbohydrates as their primary source of fuel.
There is a HUGE problem with this approach to food. When you eat sugar, what do you think you use for energy?
SUGAR! And sugar is what I call a ‘dirty burn’ or a dirty fuel source, and it leads to all sorts of health problems, like fatigue, weight gain, and insulin resistance (bad!)
Here are some other signs your metabolism could be moving in the wrong direction:
- Feeling cold regularly
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling exhausted all the time, even after sleeping
- Bloating and constipation
- Stubborn weight you just can’t lose
- Regularly suffering from allergies or colds
- Brain fog, anxiety, and depression
- Low energy levels
The good news is that there are great natural ways to boost your metabolism, and they don’t require diet pills with big promises and bigger adverse side effects.
Simply by using food as a healthy FUEL, and making some simple lifestyle shifts, you can help your metabolism catch up for lost time. Before long, you’ll notice you have more energy, a spring in your step, you’re sleeping better, and your quality of life even feels better.
One additional note before we get started on my list of metabolism boosters… This is especially important at this time of year because many of us actually see a slow down in our metabolisms as the days get shorter and darker, and we start to crave the comfort foods of winter and the holidays.
So take special note of what you’re eating and doing in the next few weeks and whether you’re helping or harming your metabolism.
Ok, let’s jump right in!
- Eat high fiber fruits and veggies.
Fiber keeps your digestion functioning at full speed, which is a major key to your metabolism.
But keep in mind… high fiber doesn’t have to mean pasta and cereals that advertise fiber on the package! In fact, those foods are usually loaded with sugar and processed ingredients that actually slow down the digestive process.
The best ways to get fiber are through plants like:
- Salad greens
- Brussels sprouts
- Add in high fiber grains, beans, and seeds.
There are plenty of good sources of fiber outside the produce department at your grocery store. You can also help your metabolism by eating more:
- Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds
- Lentils, chickpeas, adzuki beans, and lima beans
- Healthy grains like gluten-free oats and quinoa (well, quinoa is actually a seed)
- Just say no to bad fats (but keep eating good fats).
There are fats that HEAL, and fats that KILL! Foods high in trans fats and saturated fats like fried foods, baked goods, animal fats, and canola and vegetable oils overload your digestive system and slow it down. The result is not just a slower metabolism, but also storing unwanted body fat. In contrast, good fats like coconut oil and avocado actually speed up your metabolism.
- Cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Eating and drinking sugar and sugar substitutes will completely throw your metabolism out of whack.
First, it makes your blood sugar levels spike (when we eat like this way all the time, our blood sugar is spiking so much, it leads to chronic levels of high insulin, also known as insulin resistance), so you feel a burst of energy. But that isn’t the kind of lasting energy that comes from a healthy metabolism. Instead, you crash after a little while, and your metabolism slows in the process.
Artificial sweeteners are no better. In fact, they might be worse – after all, they are one the of the most acidic ingredients on the planet! They trick your body into craving more refined carbohydrates and sugar, which slow down the metabolism.
Eliminate soda, fruit juice, diet drinks, sugary snacks, and other sugar-filled foods from your daily diet.
- Stay hydrated.
If you’re dehydrated – and 90% of Americans are most of the time – your body can’t function as well as it needs to because it’s constantly on the search for life-sustaining water.
Even a 5% drop in body fluids will cause a 25 to 30% loss of energy in most people.
So fill up on water and you’ll fill up on energy too, both inside and out. Your metabolism will be able to function optimally if you drink half your body weight in ounces each day. So in other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need to drink 75 ounces of water each and every day.
Look for water that is clean, filtered, and has a pH of 8.0 to 9.5.
Also adding molecular hydrogen to your water to turn your water into the most powerful anti-oxidant is something you will hear me talking more about.
- Avoid pesticides.
Believe it or not, one of the best things you can do for your metabolism is to buy organic!
Canadian researchers found that the chemicals found in conventional fruits and vegetables from pesticides slow down the fat burning process and may even increase weight gain.
- Consume warming foods whenever possible.
There’s a whole category of foods that can rev up your metabolism by warming you up from the inside out. Green tea is one of the best because it both hydrates you and warms you up.
In addition to green tea, add these warming foods to your meals as often as you like:
- Cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- Eat enough protein.
Plant-based proteins will keep you energized and force your body to burn more calories during digestion than eating carbohydrates.
Pistachios and almonds are great sources of both protein and fiber, so they make a perfect mid-afternoon snack when hunger strikes.
Eating organic, wild-caught Alaskan salmon is another good protein source once or twice a week.
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