4 Quick & Easy Ways to Reset Your Metabolism
- Is it actually true that you may have done permanent damage to your metabolism as a result of your long-term starving, binging and purging?
- Do you feel like every bite of food you eat gets stored as fat on your body instead of getting burned as energy like your metabolism should be doing for you?
- Are you eating less food, exercising more, and still finding that your body is either only able to maintain your current weight, or maybe even gaining weight?
- Does this ‘calories in – calories out’ calculation, that should be working but isn’t, make you suspicious that your metabolism is shot for good?
Many eating disorder sufferers feel like their metabolism is completely out of whack and that despite their desire to ‘eat like a normal person’ they are unable to do so because their bodies seem to store every calorie they eat, and it feels far to triggering to handle.
I totally understand why you might feel like you are now doomed to starving yourself forever just to maintain your current weight.
I remember feeling exactly the same way when I stepped out of my own starvation, binge & purge cycle, and started on my eating disorder recovery journey.
Let me assure you that your metabolism is not ruined forever.
Your metabolism is actually just waiting for you to take a few key actions, so that it can return to functioning at optimal levels.
It is true however that a period of adjustment, patience and understanding about what is physically happening in your body will be needed to allow your body to adjust to being respected, loved and fed.
It’s no wonder that when you start to feed your body real food, when you start to respect its hunger signals, and even when you ease up on your previously extreme levels of punishing exercise, that you may see your body gaining weight.
Your body really has no idea whether this is the ONLY meal you will be giving it today, or what future abuse it may or may not have to plan ahead to deal with.
Your body is hoping that this is finally the end of you abusing it and the start of a healthy and respectful food and exercise routine, but how does it know?
Here is how you can renew trust between you and your body:
Time + Consistency = Trust.
Your body will learn to trust you, if you show it that you will listen, respect and love it by giving it the nutrients, exercise and self-care that it needs, consistently and over a period of time.
You see it knows your ‘on-again~off-again’ patterns all too well… your ‘love you today, hate you tomorrow’ messaging has impacted its trust in you… and it will take time to earn that back.
Now that we know that you have to be consistent over a period of time… what do you have to be consistent WITH? What are some of the action steps to restoring your body’s trust in you and therefore allowing it to return to optimal metabolic functioning?
Here are a few key actions from my “Holistic Eating Disorder FREEDOM Program” that will get you started respecting your body and regaining the metabolic revving power you want and need.
STEP #1: Respect your body’s hunger messages.
When your body asks for food, give it food.
This seems simple, but yet it is one of the most effective ways to coax your metabolism back to optimal functioning.
Ignoring hunger messages slows your metabolism and conveys the message of famine, so your body compensates by storing every calorie you eat instead of burning calories to give you energy, boost your immunity and perform other vital functions within your body.
Satisfying your body’s hunger cues sends the message that you respect your body’s needs, and that you will care for it by giving it what it asks for. This allows your body to start directing energy, fuel and focus toward areas within your body it has been neglecting.
The common benefits from using this strategy include improved mental clarity, more stable emotions, and increased levels of energy.
STEP #2: Eat small meals frequently throughout the day.
Most of my clients find it easier to eat smaller more frequent meals when their hunger strikes, rather than sitting down to three larger meals per day.
This strategy is a great one since it is often far less mentally triggering for you during the recovery process to eat smaller sized portions. Also your digestive functioning has probably been impaired by your disordered eating habits, so treating it gently as it goes through the healing process is important.
The common benefits experienced from eating frequent smaller meals throughout the day include less gas, bloating and digestive discomfort, an increased feeling of peace during mealtime, and increased body temperature for those who typically lack internal body heat.
STEP #3: Choose nutrient dense high-value foods.
Eating ‘food volume’ is not the same as getting ‘nutrients from food’. You can actually be giving your body the message of famine simply be feeding it garbage junk-foods that it does not recognize and that don’t provide the necessary building blocks for proper metabolic function.
When choosing foods try to opt for lots of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, leafy greens and seeds so that your body is not only getting ‘bulk’ in the stomach, but it now has the vitamins, minerals, omegas, fibers, proteins and enzymes it needs to start to repair the damage caused by your disordered eating history.
Here is a mental image for you to connect the importance of nutrient dense foods in restoring metabolic function.
A woman who’s body weighs 280 pounds is likely sending exactly the same ‘starvation messages’ to their metabolic function as a woman who’s body weighs 80 pounds. Neither of these women are functioning at optimal metabolic health, immunity, digestion, elimination, energy levels, etc. Both of their bodies are crying out for REAL food, REAL nutrition, and REAL building blocks to create balance, health and vitality.
Another thing to keep in mind is that food volume does not necessarily shut off your body’s hunger signals. If you eat nutritionally void foods, even though your stomach is full, your body is still lacking in vital nutrients and will continue to ask for food until it gets what it needs.
This can lead to binge eating and/or overeating, which often is the first stage in your return to restriction, starvation and purging in trying to ‘make-up’ for it.
STEP #4: Drink a digestive helper at least 15 minutes prior to each meal.
Choosing nutrient dense food to eat is only part of the equation in making sure that your body benefits from actually receiving all the vitamins and minerals it so desperately wants and needs.
Your body’s ability to extract these nutrients from the food and actually put them to great use is often temporarily impaired as a result of your disordered eating history… especially in the beginning of your freedom journey.
This ‘nutrient extraction’ process involves many functions… the first of which is digestion. Low levels of stomach acid and a lack of stored enzymes within your body’s own supply can both prevent your body from actually getting the maximum benefit from the foods you are eating.
Here are a few easy to make digestive helper drinks that will help:
- A glass of luke-warm water with freshly squeezed lemon
- A glass of luke-warm water with 1-3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- A warm cup of real ginger tea (optional: add freshly squeezed lemon)
** Remember that it is important to drink this prior to your meal, and not with your meal as drinking during meals dilutes your digestive juices and actually reduces your body’s ability to digest properly.
Drinking a digestive helper 15-30 minutes prior to your meal is ideal.
RECAP: 4 Quick & Easy Ways to Hit the Reset Button on Your METABOLISM
1Respect your body’s hunger messages: this conveys the message to your body there is no emergency, no state of famine, and no need to store every calorie you eat in order to plan ahead or save your life.
2Eat small frequent meals throughout the day: this strategy emphasizes your commitment to consistently respecting your body’s needs, facilitates your digestion, and reduces the panic often associated with eating larger meals during recovery. This strategy also capitalizes on the ‘thermogenic effect’ of foods, ie. the energy cycle that is driven by your body’s digestive efforts.
3Choose nutrient dense, high-value foods: this ensures that you are not only getting ‘food volume’ but that you are providing nutrients to your body that it needs to begin your physical healing process and build a beautiful, strong lean body for you. Nutrient dense foods turn on your metabolic revving power and encourage your body to burn existing fat stores as fuel.
4Drink a digestive helper 15-30 minutes prior to each meal: optimal digestion is one of the many processes involved in restoring your metabolism back to 100% functioning. If your body eats food without getting the true nutrient value from the food, then it is less likely to shut OFF the ‘emergency famine response’ and turn ON your metabolic revving power. So drink up your digestive helpers and support the vitamin and mineral delivery to your body.
Remember: Time + Consistency = TRUST.
Your body WILL act in its own best interest… once it is convinced that YOU are now doing the same :)
Shan is her own “Eating Disorder FREEDOM” success story, and is committed to helping other women still struggling with disordered eating to claim their OWN freedom from this deadly disorder.
Since achieving total 100% FREEDOM from her eating disorder, Shan has created multiple eating disorder treatment programs and courses for women who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating, orthorexia, and many other ‘grey areas’ that fall within the definition of disordered eating.
- Get closure on your past hurts, habits and hangups specific to the root cause of your disordered eating habits.
- End ‘internal head chatter’ that sabotages your self-perception.
- Incorporate the BEST all-natural supplements that support emotional balance, improve digestion, increase energy, regulate sleep, stabilize mood, and enhance feelings of joy in your life.
- End junk food cravings and sugar addictions.
- Break away from the sabotaging beliefs, thoughts and behaviours caused by perfectionism, depression, panic and anxiety.
- Get you in touch with your own ‘food intuition’ so that you choose foods that nourish YOUR unique body, mind, soul, biochemistry and personality.
To learn more about how YOU can work with Shan, CLICK HERE.