Eating pro metabolic foods supports the metabolism and helps to balance your hormones. It’s more than a diet, it’s a lifestyle and way of eating. The idea is that you help to reduce stress, both external and internal, in order to balance your hormones.
With pro metabolic eating, it’s not about cutting out your favorite foods but more about adding in highly nutritious foods that will nourish your body and support healing. To get started with pro metabolic eating, let’s look at pro metabolic foods that you can add to your diet today.
Pro Metabolic Foods to Add to Your Diet Today
Beef liver is very much encouraged when you’re pro metabolic eating and is often referred to as ‘nature’s multivitamin’. There are a few reasons for this but the most important is that it’s very high in vitamin A. Vitamin A has an important role in the health of the endocrine (hormones) system and if you’re not getting enough, your thyroid could suffer. Vitamin A is also involved in progesterone production so getting more vitamin A can help you produce more progesterone whilst opposing estrogen dominance.
Liver is also high in vitamin Bs, vitamin K12, protein and other antioxidants.
If fresh or cooked liver is too much to stomach, we recommend this product.
Gelatin is a protein that comes from collagen, which is found in the connective tissue of animals. Since we almost always only eat the meat of the animal, we’re missing out on the huge benefit of eating collagen and gelatine! Gelatin is a great way to get your protein in your diet.
Gelatin contains the amino acid glycine, which is low in meat and organ meat. Glycine has anti-inflammatory properties, is pro-thyroid and is gut-loving. So much goodness! Hormonally glycine dulls down estrogen and promotes progesterone, this is such a good thing when trying to balance your hormones.
The adrenal cocktail is a great way to get your vitamin C in, as well as hydrating your body due to the coconut water balancing your sodium and potassium. Balancing your electrolytes promotes metabolic health. Read this for more information on the adrenal cocktail.
Organic and Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Carbohydrates get a bad rap but don’t be afraid of them! Your body prefers getting its fuel from carbohydrates. In fact, if you spend too long getting fuel from protein and fats, your body will go into survival mode and you’ll be releasing too much cortisol. This can be damaging to your metabolism.
Getting an abundance of organic and seasonal fresh fruit into your diet is important. And it’s even better if you can add some fresh cream to get some fat in too!
Raw carrot salad is included in the pro metabolic way of eating because of its ability to detox the body of excess estrogen. It has fibre that has the ability to bind to it and get rid of the estrogen from the body. This same fibre also has antimicrobial properties that help to eliminate fungi and bacteria from the intestines. Both of these actions will improve the function of the metabolism by reducing internal stress.
My favorite is:
1 carrot, grated
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp coconut oil
Pinch of salt.
Mix and enjoy!
Organic and grass-fed butter
Nothing beats organic, grass-fed butter! Over the years it’s been demonised, to the point where some people have a hard time reintroducing it but it’s time to get comfortable with putting butter on everything.
Real butter should contain cream and salt and nothing more. Make sure you always check the label! Buy the best quality that you can afford and remember that butter from grass-fed cows is more nutrient-dense, particularly with vitamins A and D.
Butter contains the perfect balance of vitamins A, D and K2, they work together and it’s hard to get all of them from another food source. It’s also a rich source of saturated fat, particularly important for a healthy metabolism.
Raw organic milk
Raw milk can be hard to find in some countries and states. Selling it has become illegal in many places due to claims that it is dangerous if unpasturized, despite being extremely rare. The problem is that when the milk is pasturized and homogenized, most of the benefits are lost. Raw milk contains vitamins A, D and K2, saturated fat, calcium, magnesium and potassium. All super important to hormonal health and metabolism.
Organic bone broth
Bone broth is a cocktail of amino acids and contains a high amount of gelatine. When making bone broth, you’re using the parts of the animal that contain the connective tissue, the most protein-dense parts. When cooked, the protein is released into the broth and is easy to consume.
If making your own is too much, here’s our favorite brand.
Raw honey contains free fructose and free glucose, therefore it is easily digested and supports pro metabolic eating. It is thought that raw honey helps limit weight gain and fat tissue formation. Raw honey has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and normalise glucose metabolism, even though it has high carbohydrate content.
This is our favorite organic raw honey brand.
Wild-Caught Seafood, especially oysters
Oysters are another multivitamin served to you straight from nature! They’re jam-packed with zinc, selenium, vitamin B12 and copper. Getting plenty of minerals back into our bodies (remember stress depletes them pretty quickly) helps improve and maintain proper metabolic function. Oysters can promote progesterone production and help balance estrogen dominance.
Coconut oil is an excellent source of saturated fats. The more tropical the oil is, the higher the concentration of saturated fats. Like with saturated fats from animal products, coconut oil can help with improving metabolic function and detoxification.
Pro Metabolic Foods – Wrapped Up
Just a reminder that pro metabolic eating isn’t about cutting foods out or depriving yourself of foods. It’s about adding foods that will help balance your macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and help to replenish your body with vitamins and minerals.
Start by adding these pro metabolic foods into your diet today. You’ll start to notice that you’ll be craving certain foods way less and wanting more of these nutrient-dense foods!