One of the secrets to kick starting and boosting your metabolism is really simple – improve your bowel function. It can be an awkward topic, but what’s the big deal? We all do it! And the more regular the better. Anything less than once a day, could be a sign your bowel is not functioning at its best, which can slow down your metabolism.
People underestimate the bowel, but it’s involved in many different essential processes of the body. It also helps remove excess cholesterol and hormones.
Adults should be eating approximately 30 grams of fibre per day which most of us Aussies certainly do not. Children need to be consuming approximately 20 grams. Foods high in fibre not only improve bowel function, but also help keep us feeling fuller for longer.
Some foods to regularly include in your diet to give your metabolism a kick start are:
KIWI FRUIT: With the skin on – it’s a little furry, but it’s where a lot of the fibre is. Try dipping it in some yogurt or try the gold kiwi, as the skin is not as rough. Most of my clients know this is my number 1 recommended snack to eat.
PSYLLIUM HUSKS: Psyllium is the highest fibre food on the planet. Start on 1 tsp a day and gradually build up to 1 tbsp. You can sprinkle it over your cereal or in a glass of water mixed with lemon juice. Psyllium needs water to work, otherwise it can constipate you. It’s great for removing excess cholesterol too. You can find it in the health food section in the supermarket. Warning – it is a little slimy.
LEMON WATER: Great for digestion, it also helps stimulate the bowel gently and helps cleanse the liver. My number one rule to start the day.
FIGS (fresh or dried): Two of these before bed should get your bowel working for the morning.
PROTEIN: Small protein meals 3-4 times per day are a great way to encourage your metabolism to work at a higher rate. Try not to have too many grain carbs with these – make protein the main portion of the dish.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Great for digestion and it can help with fat burning. A teaspoon before meals is the best way to have it.
GRAPEFRUIT: These tart little babies have natural fat burning properties – eat one a day.
CHILLI: Put it on everything if you can handle the heat. It really helps speed up your metabolism and adds great flavour to food.
GREEN TEA: Super high in antioxidants, green tea also speeds up your metabolism. Aim to drink 1-2 cups per day.
CAFFEINE: Yes your daily coffee does kick start your metabolism. Try not to have more than 2 cups per day though. Watch and reduce how much milk and sugar you have as the extra calories will counteract the metabolism kick.
Don’t forget about the three other important factors that can affect metabolism – exercise, sleep and stress. All three work hand in hand together. Stress can put the brakes on your metabolism, so managing stress levels is so important and often underestimated when trying to lose weight. The benefits of a healthy diet and exercise are endless. Right now it’s one of the only things we can control, so it’s a perfect time to be working on your metabolism.
Metabolism Booster Juice
- 1/2 x cup baby spinach
- 1 x grapefruit
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 x cup (250 mls) coconut water or (plain water if preferred)
- 1 x tbsp mint
- 7 almonds or 1 x tbsp almond or nut butter (optional)
*add a handful of ice if you prefer it cold.
Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Best in the morning for breakfast or as a morning tea snack.