Buckle up kids because this is going to be a long one.
Last Friday I spent a good hour on the phone with Robyn. You may or may not read her blog (you should!) and if you don’t then I’ll tell you a little bit about her. She is an RD in Virginia who knows her stuff when it comes to food, nutrition and most importantly to me, your metabolism. She is also a total sweetheart and makes me wish I lived in Charlottesville so we could hang out at Whole Foods on the weekend. She’s awesome.
Anyways, I reached out to her because I wanted to work to restore my metabolism. After years of thinking I was super healthy because my diet consisted of mainly fruits and veggies, I realized that I wasn’t giving my body enough calories. Fruits and veggies are full of fiber and that creates a full feeling, which is why I’ve never felt like I was hungry. In reality, my body had just adjusted to the amount of calories I was giving it and that’s why my metabolism is sloooooooow. Or as Robyn says, my metabolism was in hibernation. I thought I was doing a great job giving my body the nutrients it needs.
Turns out I was wrong.
Robyn opened up my eyes to a lot of things when it comes to health, nutrition and how to nourish your body. It’s so nice to talk to a professional who really knows her stuff instead of relying on the health and fitness magazines that I read all of the time.
After we talked about my daily activity and exercise regimen, Robyn told me that I should be eating about double what I was eating before. I’m not going to go into complete detail because I don’t want to give away all of Robyn’s secrets (girl is a little smartypants!) but I do want to share some of the things I’ve been doing lately to work on restoring my metabolism. And boy, do I feel FULL all.the.time. I seriously have never felt so full in my life, but it’s in a good way. It’s not the Thanksgiving-I-have-a-food-baby full feeling where I look like I’m in my second trimester. It’s just a full, satisfied feeling. Here’s what I’ve been doing:
1. Eating earlier. I am up early as it is, but I would sometimes go a few hours until eating breakfast (at work) which is a no-no. I’ve been making a conscious effort to fix that!
2) Eating more. Snacking is SO good for your metabolism. I’ve been eating more snacks each day with a nighttime snack/”dessert” as well. It’s nothing huge, just enough to keep my metabolism chugging along nice and steady. Peanut butter, a banana and dark chocolate chips have become my favorite. No surprise there.
3. Eating lots of whole foods. This isn’t a problem for me at all since I really do love fruits and veggies. I’ve been incorporating veggies into every single meal and have ditched the fruit and yogurt dinners for now. I’m definitely not giving up on that forever, but I know that I need more nutrients than that and need to eat real dinners instead of fruit.
I’ve kept up my regular workout routine for the most part. I’ve decided to drop hot yoga for a little bit and take maybe one class a week because I usually feel so hot and exhausted after and that leads me to feel nauseous. You know the feeling after a long hot run when all you can think about is chugging water? That’s usually how I feel. I’m going to take one class a week, on the weekends, in order to try to combat that feeling. Hot yoga burns a LOT of calories and it’s really important to replenish after, so hopefully this will help! I do anticipate getting back into it in a month or so, but right now working on my metabolism is more important and that’s my priority right now.
Plus, I’m looking to train for another half-marathon. But that’s a whole other blog post.
Time for me to get to work! I’ve got lots to check off my to-do list today. Hope you have a fabulous day!