I am a researcher…part of my love for traditional journalism…and I love to read and discover. So, my research in the past three years has been to learn more about over 50 health, and most recently (last year) to learn more about my metabolism. It is easy to make excuses like, “Oh, I am older and metabolism just naturally slows down so I just have to live with it.” While it is true that we do slow down with age, it is not time to give up on factors we can control. In fact, it is amazing how we can change the way the things are and that it is never too late to begin. When I changed jobs in 2016, I had just lost 30 pounds and had been going to the gym for strength training for two years. I was feeling great and planned to continue my weight loss. It has been going in the right direction. But, I going in, I did not know how excessive stress and discontentment with my work situation would affect me. As I gained back the weight, I also began to feel bloated and uncomfortalbe all of the time. In doing research about all I was feeling and experiencing, it kept coming back to one word….metabolism.According to Good Housekeeping, metabolism is the engine within our cells which keeps us going…and, despite genetics, our decisions affect it greatly. So, I decided to be more purposeful about my food decisions from supplements to what was on the table (and that took alot of research!) But, even after a year of exercise and eating better, I still felt sluggish and bloated. That was when I discovered this statement which I had never considered before……………….
“Stress: Long-term stress releases hormones that screw with your digestion so your food isn’t used as efficiently (Good Housekeeping)”
I was still working in a stressful situation at that time, but made some decisions to change a few things….and now that my stress has been changed, I am hoping it all will finally get the results I seek. The following is what I have done, that has yeilded big results in my own life….but as always, discuss with you doctor what is the best plan for you…..
2. I have small doses of these spices every day! Two in my protein smoothie after workout, and I drink tumeric in my AMBER SUN TEA, over ice, unsweet everyday!
Before I go to the gym to workout at 5AM (M-F), I take a Green Tea tablet and a healthy dose of liquid B-12. I have noticed since doing this that my heart rate is just where it needs to be during the day in fat burning mode, but not too elevated. If I am not going to go, I still take the supplements in the morning. Find My Green Tea HERE and my vitamin B-12 HERE.
After doing my own research, I believed I was swimming in bad bacteria and that a pro-biotic was nedded. Again after my own research, I discovered this one Endomune, which was actually developed locally. It is pricey, but you want a good, proven pro-biotic. I feel so much better…no more bloating and I just believe my body is overall healthier. Find Endomune HERE.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a new addition to my daily decisions. I am not sure of anything with it yet, except that through reading I decided it would be beneficial to take 2-3 tablespoons a day. This is the brand I selected from our local grocer, HEB. Dr. Oz says NOT to use the pills because they have too many added ingredients that do not benefit. He also has on his website an cleanse he recommends. I am not doing that at this time.
When I add all of this with some much needed rest and now with a new work environment, I am feeling a giant turn around and so much better. The challenge with my new job going forward is to keep my morning workout the same. I really want to stay where I am because the women I work out with are so encouraging and motivating to me. I feel comfortable there and I love my weight class trainer. I must make this happen where it all works together.
Biggest lessons are to understand that STRESS is not a cliche…it does affect our health; and, finally, know not to use age as an excuse. I take complete responsiblity for the shape my body has been in, and I want to be responsible for better decisions going forward. So far, the results are good. (Remember, this is what has helped me. I highly recommend your talk to your doctor and do your own research as well!)
Would anyone else like to add what you do to speed up your metabolism……..please do, and through it all………………..