Bonus Episode: Demystifying Metabolism.
How food impacts our bodies and lives and metabolism. Demystifying what metabolism is, how it works and how we can make it work for us is an important part of today’s eating conversation. We build upon our two-part episode 58 Healthy Kitchens; Healthy Lives as we look at what we know about food, eating and metabolism.
We talk about…
- Definition of metabolism: metabolism: how our bodies convert food into energy.
- Refer to our two-part EPISODE 58 Healthy Kitchens; Healthy Lives.
- During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function.
- It can be divided into two categories: -Catabolism=the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy and Anabolism=the synthesis of all compounds needed by cells
- Nutrition is the key to metabolism, which includes Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fat and Minerals and Vitamins.
- To make your metabolism work the best it can, you need to provide the right nutrition for you. Carbohydrates come in 3 forms: starch, sugar, and fiber. Proteins, the primary tissue builders for the body can be found in eggs, milk, soybeans, meats, veggies and grains. Fat produces twice as much energy as carbohydrates or proteins, so they are essential, and they help with cellular structure and the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. And, finally, we need minerals and vitamins to help keep our body regulated.
- Factors that affect variations in metabolism, but are typically not the root cause of obesity or weight gain.
- Consuming too many calories is the biggest contributor to weight gain.
- To boost your metabolism use weight lifting, muscle building exercise; cardio exercise is the best way to burn calories. Pick up the pace!
- We talk about BONUS EPISODE Three Bites to Being Full and Satisfied.
- Drink Green Tea and cold water.
- Getting a good night’s sleep (lack of sleep can decrease the number of calories you burn, change the way you process sugar and disrupt your appetite-regulating hormones)
- The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook by Jennifer Iserloh, Chef and Health Coach, has recipes full of powerful adaptogens (Non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds. Herbs and roots like ginseng (boosts working memory and immune system), goji berry (boosts energy), licorice root (reduces stress), turmeric (boosts brain function), essential oils, and healing herbs and spices. Read our full review here.
- Women and hormonal changes. Being aware of your body, your body type, and when things change as you age.
- Eat Better Live Longer, Understand What Your Body Needs to Stay Healthy, by Dr. Sarah Brewer and Juliette Kellow, RD. Read our full review here.
- Downsize your meals as the day goes on. Our bodies cope better when we eat more at the start of the day.
- Recipes from Eat Better Live Longer, Mushrooms Stuffed with Tomatoes Cous Cous and Avocado, Mixed Bean Bowl with Pita Nachos, and Bulgar Wheat Jar with Eggs and Salsa.
- Recipes from The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook: Minty Avocado Green Tea Ice Cream, Hot Rosemary Apple Crumble, Nutmeg Cacao Nib Pumpkin Mousse.
- Cherie’s Wrap: Healthy foods, including whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits and fun physical activity are part of the equation to keeping our metabolism on track. But don’t forget about stress management and proper sleep. All of these healthy behaviors contribute to our overall well-being. There are so many myths about metabolism and science continues to learn how our metabolism can function at its optimal best.
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