Mocktails for a Fast Metabolism
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Stress triggers the metabolism to slow down, and the system senses an emergency and goes into fat-storage mode. Stress can also increase cortisol and minimize the thyroid hormone’s effect on the metabolism. Pleasure has just the opposite effect. When you take pleasure in the food you eat, you actually work with nature to speed things up. And bonus: you won’t need to overeat.
Pleasure stimulates the metabolism by triggering the adrenals to produce endorphins. These endorphins—what we know as the feel-good brain messengers—stimulate the brain to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating brain hormone that in turn stimulates the thyroid to produce the fat-burning hormone. Talk about a chain reaction!
Pleasure sets off a terrific cascade of events that lower leptin levels, a hormone that makes you hungry. After sex, your leptin levels are lowest. Taking pleasure in food can have the same effect. When you enjoy what you eat, you get a double benefit: you are satisfied and full.
Something else powerful happens when you step away from self-loathing and guilt and enjoy the food you’re eating: you start to take better care of yourself. The pleasure, joy and excitement about your food translates into pleasure and joy and excitement in the choices you make about your food and how you live your life in general.
A client recently sent me this actual text: “I had so much pleasure and excitement tonight! May it all trigger my thyroid to burn that tiramisu I enjoyed so much! LOL I’ll send you my weight in the morning.”
Mango Pina Colada
Take a little trip to your favorite tropical island with this sweet, creamy and nutty mocktail. Packed with electrolytes, healthy fats, natural sugars, vitamin C, and enzymes.
Maintenance | Serves 2
Prep time: 15 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup fresh mango chunks
4 tablespoons canned coconut milk
14 drops liquid stevia
1 1/2 to 3 cups ice
- Combine coconut water, almond milk, pineapple, mango, coconut milk, and stevia in a high-powered blender. Blend until pureed.
- Add the ice and blend until smooth.
Watch this video to see how The Drs. react to my Cucumber Melon Margarita!