Hack Your Hormones dispels some of the Myths around supposed “Healthy Eating Habits”, and DT explains what to avoid and how to hack your way to a full tum.
Eating little and often is the way to shed those pesky pounds! Um…is it though? DT explains that constantly spiking our blood sugar makes you hungrier. Our bodies cannot convert all this energy that we are giving it when we are constantly snacking. Instead, all that extra energy converts to fat, which we store and don’t burn off. As a result, our brains get foggy and we get back on our search for our next fix.
When you’re feeling low, you’re more likely to have higher cortisol (stress) levels and low (satisfied) serotonin, meaning you will be reaching out for those carbs and processed quick fixes. All of which convert to sugar, and yes, you’ve got it, spikes your blood sugar, making you feel hungry again quickly, resulting in a cyclical nightmare. All you have to do is break the cycle and Hack Your Hormones can help. Thank God!
Dopamine makes us feel good, but it’s also the hormone that is the source of addictive behaviour. Changing our Dopamine hits from food to nutrient dense food, or something else entirely, is a great way to control those cravings. Figure out how you trigger your Dopamine highs, but make sure you keep your body guessing. If you seek your Dopamine high from the same thing, at the same time, all the time, the effects will wear off. Have you ever been so absorbed in a box set that you hope it never ends? Then one day, after committing to the binge, you reach episode 167 and you’re like, meh. That’s your body's way of telling you that this no longer gives you that same Dopamine buzz. The moral of the story is you need to highlight what brings you joy, what gets you going so that you can weave these things into your diet or routine randomly. Keep your Dopamine boosts fresh!
Intermittent fasting encourages autophagy, which is the body’s way of cleaning out damaged cells so that new ones can regenerate. Toxic proteins can contribute to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers and cancers, which is one more reason why pushing back your eating window can really support with your overall health and well-being. If you’re constantly digesting, the body and brain cannot regenerate and replenish as effectively.
Another “DT” hack is changing the order in which you eat things: eating veggies, proteins and fats first will blunt the impact of those glucose spikes and help you to achieve satisfaction much faster. By eating veggies first, you create a mesh in your gut which slows down the insulin spike.
I think this is my favourite: fat is good for you. Yey! Good fats give you fuel and if we don’t consume enough fat, we will store the fat we do consume. If we consume it, we burn it. Simple. If you’re loading up with the nutrient dense food that your body will tell you it needs, you experience that fullness your body craves, and your Leptin response will tell you to stop. If your body isn’t being fed the nutrients, or the fats it's crying out for, you will likely overeat and snack throughout the day to reach full satisfaction.