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Metabolism Boosting Foods – Coffee

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It’s true. There are metabolism boosting foods. Coffee is one of them. But in ALL cases they must be consumed in a certain way to trigger the metabolic benefit.

This fact is so important in that not only do you NOT get the proposed benefit of the metabolism boosting foods if you have it the wrong way, it completely turns around and bites you in the A#$ and becomes a damaging food.

Crazy huh?

This is why nutrition and diet is so confusing.  You can be talking about the same exact food and an article will state how categorically bad it is for you and be correct. Then another article will sing it’s praises and be totally correct as well.

It’s important to know both the potential upside and the potential downside. Also at what level of consumption the downside may be triggered, so that you can eat it, enjoy it and get the magical benefits it’s supposed to have.

Today I want to focus on coffee because this is one of the top metabolism boosting foods if done well.

Coffee

Now I’ve actually written about this before detailing how to drink it for metabolic benefits you can read that article here.

I wanted though to reframe some advice I’ve previously given, to illustrate more closely how and when I have coffee now in late 2021.

Coffee is a metabolic stimulator. It revs up your metabolism, slightly elevating your heart rate and makes everything in your body move at a faster pace. Now this is great, so long as you have SUFFICIENT carbohydrates to support this faster pace. Which is the first important step to help in its processing. The second step is that the rest of your diet must be highly nutritious as well, because now your body is functioning faster – it’s creating skin cells faster, repairing organs faster, detoxing faster etc. Again if it doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to do this, then it all falls apart.

Example…

Take for example tooth decay. If you eat a mineral rich diet that includes your necessary calcium levels, get Vitamin D from the sun and eat other supporting vitamins, then eating sugar will not cause tooth decay. In the absence of the necessary nutrients though, the sugar will result in decay. Sugar is blamed but it’s not the presence of sugar that’s the actual cause, it’s the absence of nutrients.

Sugar is actually another one of the metabolism boosting foods, so this is an important point!

Now back to coffee…

Everyone seems to want to drink it first thing in the morning. The ideal time though would be about an hour AFTER breakfast. This is because it fuels your body first then gives a chance for everything to digest properly unhindered by excess liquid.

If you drink coffee at the same time as the meal, it may cause the stomach contents to empty too quickly. Leaving food undigested and potentially causing a whole cascade of other issues stemming from undigested food.

I can hear the chimes already, “but I thought you said you should have it WITH the meal?”

I know, that’s the theory but when you test the theory, how does it feel?

For me if I eat protein too early in the morning, it diverts energy away from elimination to focus on digestion of protein. It’s one of the hardest foods to digest. This results in constipation for me, every time. I also feel rather overfull and uncomfortable. So it’s not a feasible routine for my body to create optimal health.

It’s also not feasible to just drink coffee by itself even with milk and 2 sugars first thing in the morning. Two teaspoons of sugar are only 8g of carbs and you need at least 50g of carbs to support the metabolic increase. Cortisol is already naturally high in the morning and coffee without sufficient carbs will elevate it even higher for longer. Read more about cortisol causing belly fat here. Not the desired result.

So I’ve found a win/win that works for me.

Upon rising this is what I have:

  1. A glass of fruit juice – 26g carbs.
  2. A piece of fruit – a medium banana – 27g carbs.
  3. In my coffee – 2 tablespoons of skim sweetened condensed milk – 15g carbs.

So that’s a supportive 68 grams of carbs to help with the metabolic boost of coffee.

Usually within half an hour there after, nature takes it’s course and all is well.

Breakfast time

So it’s about the 10 – 10:30am mark that I feel hungry and in need of a full protein breakfast. Lunch is then about 1:30pm and the second and last coffee of the day is at 2:30pm. When I do this, everything seems to flow really well. I don’t feel cortisol stress or overly hungry.

When I’ve explained this in our private Facebook group, I’ve had replies like, “that’s great to know, I can only do coffee first thing too.” But I want to emphasize that it’s NOT JUST coffee first thing. This carb support component is critical to it being beneficial to you or being harmful.

Another comment was “when I have my coffee in the morning, I don’t want to eat anything else until at least 2pm.” Again this is not a helpful habit as far as your metabolic rate is concerned. There are two problems with this – one is that your body is conserving energy and running on stress hormones if you are not hungry all morning. This is a bad sign. Secondly we need nourishment, especially with protein in the morning hours of the day. I understand if you can’t have it first thing, I can’t either. But any time from about 9:30am to 10:30am is a good idea – it depends when you get up of course and have your carb supported coffee.

So onward then armed with more knowledge on how to create your happy body.

Don’t forget to join our private Facebook group to ask more questions, if you haven’t already!

Cheers

Kristy

 

Relevant articles here:-

How high cortisol causes belly fat

How to drink coffee for a fast metabolism

 

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Dairy, Big Boobs and Belly Fat

Dairy and Belly Fat

Does eating dairy foods give you big boobs and belly fat?

In my experience – yes it does. But let me explain why I’m not quitting dairy altogether.

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Lose weight – Summer Diet RESTART

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Hands up who’s eating has been a little all over the place lately and needs to lose weight and get back on track with a Summer Diet Restart that’s Dr Ray Peat Inspired?

The good news is that I’ve just created the new Zen Beach Diet 3 Day Summer RESTART book and double bonus – you can even get it for FREE! Read on to find out how.

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The Zen Beach Diet – How to lose weight

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After months of hard work and my kitchen/household turned upside down, I am excited to reveal my latest book – The Zen Beach Diet and show you how to lose weight and gain your health at the same time.

The Best Diet

After Keto ruined my health, I went searching for something else that would enhance my health as well as give me the weight loss results I desired. The fast metabolism, thyroid supporting approach by Dr Ray Peat was the one.

What’s in the book?

It’s based on my experiences with the Dr Ray Peat style of eating and solves the many questions about what to eat, how much to eat, and exactly how to lose weight with this diet. You’ll learn how to formulate a meal, exact macros, calories and how to balance your starch and fat intake.

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The Zen Beach Diet

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The Zen Beach Diet is a detailed guide of Kristy Alford’s experiences with the Dr Ray Peat style of eating.

After eating low carb/keto for 10 years, she realised it was no longer working. Weight was coming back on, she was feeling cold all the time and her hair started to fall out. Kristy sought further answers and found the work of Dr Ray Peat.

After researching, experimenting and eating this way for nearly four years now, Kristy has finally found her answers. It was about fine tuning the calorie level, balance of macros and types of food to maximise her health, metabolism and finally reach the weight loss goal she desired.

The book includes information, food guides, a how to build your own meal plan formula as well as a 7-day meal plan and new recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Kristy says, “Many of the resources on Ray’s way of eating give the general guidelines, but no-one tells you specifically WHAT to eat and HOW MUCH to eat. This is where the Zen Beach Diet book fills the gap.”

Beautifully photographed by her husband and professional photographer Adrian Alford, it features a stunning collection of beaches from around the world.

Enjoy the amazing view as you learn how to finally get your health and weight on track and into the Zen Beach vibe.

Priced at only AU$9.95 (US$6.65, £5.15), it’s a PDF file of 34 mb and is available for immediate download now.

Buy here.

Testimonials

“I love it! Such an easy concept to follow and the pictures are stunning. Feeling better already.”                                                                                                                                                           – Lindy Z.

“Easy plan, easy recipes. Love the way she incorporates fruit into everything.” Rita A.

“Ray’s information and education is amazing but I could never find it all in just the one spot, so this book is amazing!” – E.D.

Zen Beach Diet

“Yep I have bought this recipe book and can safely say we are given fabulous recipes with lots to eat. I feel very well fed plus the gorgeous photography images are sunny and cheery!” – Lisa W.

“You are to be commended on putting the basics in one easy reference for sure! This isn’t easy to simplify at all! Very, very helpfulMarcine P.

“I am really enjoying the Zen Beach Diet. Great info in it and easy to understand. J.V.

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“I’ve been trying to follow a pro-metabolic diet for years but it didn’t click until I started working with Kristy and reading her books – the Zen Beach Diet is SO simple and easy to understand and makes me feel like I can do this.  With Kristy’s help, I’ve been able to get my temperatures back to where they should be and feel more energized.  Thank you, Kristy!”Rachel B.

“What a gorgeous book, it’s such a delight to read and use.The pictures are amazing, it’s beautifully written and easy to follow.I love all of Kristy Alford’s books and I think The Zen Beach Diet is her best book so far! Very inspiring! – K.D.

Zen Beach Diet

“I recently purchased the Zen Beach Diet book and Sweet Treats. Both of these books contain great recipes and break down the macro nutrients for each meal/snack.  When I’m out of ideas for what to make, I pull out your books for easy meals and snacks that also hit my nutrient needs (especially protein!) I also recommend both books to my clients because you follows the principles I teach. Recipe development is NOT my favorite thing to do, which is why I am so grateful for the diligent, hard work you’ve put into these resources, Kristy. Thank you!”

– Nosheen Hayat, MPH, RDN, LDN  www.hayatnutritionandwellness.com

“While I am pretty new to the Peaty way of eating, (about 2 months now,) I have all three of your Peaty books and am having great success with gradual changes and love your perspective of watching the fat and calories so I don’t blimp out! 

So far, I have lost 10 pounds, feel so much less bloated and never felt like I was on a diet but rather quite satisfied. I can totally eat this way the rest of my life and my only hunger is to learn more about this way of eating.

Truly though it has been MOST helpful to ‘see’ the Ray Peat plan simply laid out in your Zen book with the information and daily food plan. Can’t say enough how much this has helped me and I always refer back to it.

After on and off again dieting and interests in nutrition, etc., since my teens, I can wholeheartedly say, I’ve finally found it…what really works to keep me healthy, balanced & happy.” – Jen H

I also want to thank you for writing an excellent book. It really explains things well. I guess I didn’t realize one needed to eat that much fruit at a meal.

I think as simple as your food measurement method might sound, it is brilliant. It does make this way of eating easier. I don’t want to have to count my macros.” – J.F.

 

The Zen Beach Diet available here.

Zen Beach Diet

Note 1:

Purchase any two of my three Ray Peat Inspired books & receive a BONUS Fat Burner HIIT guide to ramp up your weight loss without damaging your health, absolutely FREE.

Books included are the Zen Beach Diet, One Ten Toned or Sweet Treats. When I see the sale come through I will manually send you the Bonus Guide.

Note 2

If you purchase all 3 of my Ray Peat Inspired books, you will also receive a copy of my new book 3 Day Summer Restart. So 2 bonuses!

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This applies to all past and future purchases.

See more detail on all books here.

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Sweet Treats Dessert Recipes

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While I mentioned in passing in a few social media posts that I was making a dessert recipes book, I prefer not to say much about it while I’m doing it, because you never know when the finish line is going to be.

I’m super excited now though to announce – IT’S HERE! Ta da!

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Low Fat Diet – A Health Perspective

I just wanted to give everyone an update on my super low fat diet experiments.

As you may or may not know, since about June (4 months,) I have been trying to have only 20g fat a day, (10% of my 1,800 calories,) which was spurred on by the desire to lose about 5kgs (10lbs) within a Ray Peat diet framework.

(10% of calories was deemed to be the magic level where weight loss was more likely, along with a wider margin of calories allowed to no adverse effect.)

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Best exercise to lose weight

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Do you know how much daily exercise for health we are supposed to be doing? How much is too much, where it starts to negatively impact your health? Do you know the best exercise to lose weight?

I was visiting my parents who live two states away and I have a running joke with my father, where I ask – “Dad have you been lifting your weights a little?” He always replies, “I’ll start tomorrow.” He has said this for the last 30 years!

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Ray Peat Weight Loss

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Ray Peat weight loss is elusive for many, mainly due to following wrong advice. Hopefully by the end of this article you may figure out where you are going wrong.

Interesting reading in the Ray Peat groups recently and the study where a bunch of guys were given 6,000 calories and no exercise. It demonstrated that while their metabolism increased, so too did their fat and other, not so great, health markers.

While the study was extreme, I think it was a great example of how too many people emphasise the increase of calories as the only way to get to health and a higher metabolism using Dr Ray Peat principles. (Anything under 2,500 calories was deemed to be an eating disorder! What?)

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Ray Peat beginners guide to eating for a fast metabolism

A fast metabolism is one of the key factors that improves overall health no matter what your specific ailment.

I’m coming across more and more people who are health damaged by keto, low carb, paleo, veganism, intermittent fasting and even excess exercise, so I just wanted to make a summary post of all my articles so far, that talk about my journey back to health via the Dr Ray Peat guidelines.  A fast metabolism is a really big part of the solution.

Examples of issues

Just this past week a friend with weight issues tested her waking temperature and came in at 36.1C (97F) – so it’s not diabolical but whatever she is doing is contributing to her metabolism decline, which will only get worse if she doesn’t address it now.

Another follower on IG complained about not being able to lose weight any more, she had lost and regained a few times in the past but just couldn’t budge it any more, despite still eating the recommended balanced diet with low calories and doing heaps of cardio. Her temperature – 35.0C (95F) and pulse 60 bpm – which is pretty bad and the level I was when I realised I was heading down the wrong path.

Then two other people where a dietitian and an obesity specialist both recommended low carb/keto diets!

So there is no surprise that the US currently has a thyroid dysfunction epidemic and Australia will soon follow. Already world wide nearly 20% of all women have PCOS! Given the popularity of keto/low carb and quitting sugar, these issues are no surprise.

What controls the metabolism? The Thyroid gland!

So if you are already in the damaged state, these articles will give you an insight as to what you may be doing wrong and the steps required to fix it.

Articles

Understanding PUFAs

Why knowing your waking body temperature is so important.

Fast metabolism

Sugar is actually good for you

The switch from Low Carb to Pro Metabolic – what to eat

The switch from Low Carb to Pro Metabolic – what NOT to eat

Low Carb and hair loss

Hair loss, low calories and excessive exercise

Carb loading to restore metabolism

Testing your thyroid

Drinking coffee correctly

Where you may be sabotaging your metabolism

Pro-metabolic snack ideas

Weight loss troubles with standard advice

Exercise that preserves your metabolism

Dr Ray Peat Inspired Weight Loss

Dr Ray Peat inspired recipes

So this is a snapshot of the pro-metabolic direction for optimising your health and hormones with food and exercise. (I don’t know anything about the supplementation side of things because I didn’t need to do that. I do take about 2000mg of non acidic Vitamin C a day though, just because it makes me feel better and it actually reduces cortisol.)

After two years now my body temperature has increased from:

A waking temperature of 35.3C (95.5F) – and after exercise/walking was 34.3C  (93.7C).

To now, just in the last few weeks, I’ve reached 36.7C (98F) waking and goes right up to 37.7C (99.9F) after food. (I credit my new light weights exercise program for this last boost.)

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When my body fell into a heap two years ago with a pile of hypothyroid symptoms, I had also put on about 6kgs (12lbs) since my lowest low carbing weight, but I didn’t put on any more while switching to Peaty foods. This was because I ignored most of the advice to drastically increase calories to help the body heal. I researched the forums first and everyone who said they did this put on loads of weight. Honestly I don’t think it gets you there any faster. Your body needs time to learn how to process carbs again properly, and clearing the fat out of the way via a lower fat diet was probably the most effective tool for me.

4 years on

Now I am four years into committing to a Ray Peat style lifestyle, the weight I want to be and thriving. A few more recent articles may be helpful:-

What I eat in a day

Low Fat Diet – A Health Perspective

Cheeses Protein vs Fat

Dairy, Big Boobs & Belly Fat

You learn so much along the way and lowering fat and actually dairy too has been a big factor in my success. The above articles will explain why.

Further resources

Anyway, please join us in the private Facebook group where we discuss more about this and share ideas and experiences:-

http://bit.ly/SlimbirdyFBGroup

Please start on the super easy One Ten Toned exercise program to make sure whatever exercise you are doing now, is not sabotaging your healing efforts:

http://www.onetentoned.com

I show some of the exercises on my YouTube channel:

http://bit.ly/YouTubeSlimbirdy

Having muscle tone helps your body burn fat at rest, shifts around the belly fat, and just helps with circulation, posture, and puts the spring in your step.

Also I have now completed the ZEN Beach Diet book which summarises all of the above and gives you a meal plan, macros and recipes to get started on right now. Available here.

And please share this post with anyone you feel is suffering the effects of wrong diet and punishing exercise, so we can help as many people as possible get on the right track.

A big thank you to Dr Ray Peat whose wisdom is helping so many people regain their health.

Happy, healthy and now on the right track.

Kristy x

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