8 Tips To Restore Your Metabolism After an Eating Disorder

Hello, everybody. It’s Elisa here. So, in today’s video I want to talk about
how you can heal your metabolism after an eating disorder. Your metabolism is not damaged or broken or
doomed to be slow forever, and you can definitely heal or restore your metabolism after an eating
disorder. But what has happened is essentially that
your metabolism has just adapted to all of the eating disorder behaviors, the low calorie
dieting, the purging, the over-exercising, so it’s the protection mechanism of your body
to slow down the metabolism so you won’t lose too much weight. This happens as a protection, and your body
always has your best interest in mind. Your body doesn’t slow down your metabolism
because it wants to gain weight because it hates you or something. No, your body wants to survive. This is the basic biological thrive
of our body, to make you survive, and if your body sees that you are … there is not enough
food like you are in a state of famine, what the dieting essentially is, your body thinks
you’re starving so your body thinks, “Okay, we need to slow down the metabolism so we
can kind of conserve all the energy as much as possible.” So the first thing I already talked about
is that you need to be eating more, or you need to be eating as much as your body basically
asks for. And, yes, you can have the extreme hunger. I had it as well, but over time this will
balance out. And if you don’t know how much calories you
need to be eating or if you find it very hard and you end up restricting, then I generally
recommend the Homeodynamic Recovery Method or the guidelines, and I can link the article
down below. You can read more about this. And I did it for a few months, not to kind
of obsess about the calories or not go over some amounts, but rather making sure I’m eating
enough and my body gets the amount of calories to kind of raise my metabolism and fix my
hunger cues and everything. It really helped me to lose the obsession
about calories and really see that it’s okay to eat this much of calories and this is what
my body needs. So, yeah, you need to be eating enough calories. The next thing is that you need to be eating
regularly. This can mean eating every two or three hours,
eating your breakfast, lunch, and dinner, also snacks in between. What many people do in their eating disorder
is that they try to kind of eat or healthy or follow their eating disorder rules throughout
the day and maybe try to eat healthy, kind of still do restrictive behaviors. But what will happen is that our body can’t
deal with the restriction, and then at nighttime they binge out. So for the recovery and to heal your metabolism,
you need to be eating enough all throughout the day and eating regularly, not skip some
meals, not try to have diet meals, low-calorie meals, but eat until your full and satisfied
at every single meal. The next thing is to eat more
warming foods. And warming foods are the ones that will help
to speed up your metabolism, and warming foods are generally high calorie, more concentrated
source of foods. For example, you don’t want to be eating high
water content foods like high water fruits and vegetables because high water foods are
cooling foods, and they actually, they won’t help you to speed up the metabolism. But you want to eat something very concentrated
sources of calories, something with sugar and starch and high carb, higher fat, and
also something with salt. And generally the more yummy the food is,
the better for your metabolism. For example, like things like cheese with
crackers, or potatoes with some butter on them, or pasta with cheese or some creamy
sauce, or for example ice cream with some peanut butter and chocolate, or … I’m just
making these things up. But, yeah, and actually the more processed,
kind of high calorie foods, what I have already said many times, are good in recovery, and
this why they’re good, because they are the warming foods and they will help to speed
up the metabolism. And you can still eat the salads and fruits
and vegetables, but don’t eat them as the main course of your meals and think of them
more as the side dish or condiment and don’t get your majority of calories from those foods. Another thing is to eat more salt. So I did this low salt dieting in my eating
disorder past, and I would eat very low salt, and my goal was to eat a completely salt-free
diet. And I did it many times as well, but all it
got me was feeling very cold — even at summer time, especially having very cold hands and
feet — and feeling tired, exhausted, and also it made me have so much cravings to the
more salty foods because I was eating this bland-tasting, low calorie, high water salads
and smoothies and stuff like that. So if you feel you have very cold hands and
feet, generally you feel foggy and tired, then actually you can add more salt to your
diet. And you can eat things like salty crackers
or maybe some salty nuts or maybe some potato chips, things like that. So adding salt to your diet is also very warming,
and this will help you to boost your metabolism. And the next thing is to don’t drink too much
water, and this is also one big mistake I made. And even now, if you look for some articles
like how to boost your metabolism, in many times you see them recommend, “Drink more
water to boost your metabolism.” I don’t agree with this, and I think this
can have the opposite effect since the water is very cooling. So generally I was drinking so much water,
like three liters of water a day even though I wasn’t thirsty. I just kind of forced myself to drink this
much. And I used to go to the toilet like three
times a night, and also I was making sure I’m peeing clear because I thought this is
what I have to do. And I had very cold hands and feet, another
sign of slowed-down metabolism. Yeah, so don’t force yourself to drink water. Obviously if you are in the warm climate or
when you have the more active day or something you can drink more water, but your pee can
still be yellow. Don’t obsess about your pee being clear. And if your pee is clear, then it can be a
sign that your metabolism is kind of slow, because you are taking in all this cooling
water, too much water in your body. The next thing is to stop exercising. And yeah, even many recovery experts say that
exercising can be a healthy habit with people with eating disorder because exercising is
healthy, but so many people with eating disorders use exercise as a way to compensate the calories
and they allow themselves to eat more in recovery only when after they go and exercise it off,
and this is very eating disorder behavior. Exercising is healthy, but only for a healthy
person. If you are in recovery … For example, if
you have a broken leg, then you won’t go and just start exercising because exercising is
healthy. No, if you have a broken leg you need to rest
and you don’t want to put anymore pressure to your leg. You want to first repair your leg before you
go out and running. And it’s like, “Just go and do some exercise
because exercising is healthy,” when you’re recovering from a broken leg. In recovery, you have done some organ damage. Maybe you have low bone density. Maybe you have lost your period. You have the metabolism. Your hair is falling out. Your body is overly in a stressed state, so
why you want to go and start exercising to burn all those calories you take in to the
exercise so your body has nothing to restore yourself with? And the next thing is to sleep more. So sleeping, I have done a video about this
as well. While we sleep, it’s the most crucial time
for our bodies to recover and restore itself. If you sleep more in recovery, your body can
put all of the energy towards healing you. It can be good to go to sleep at 10 p.m. approximately
and then sleep at least eight hours. And of course you can sleep even more, and
many people are … One other recovery sign is being very tired, very exhausted, so this
is a sign from your body to sleep more and rest more. Many people need to sleep even throughout
the day in recovery, take naps, just generally relax and rest more and sleep more, and in
return it can help with metabolism as well. And the last thing is to deal with stress. Everybody knows that stress is very bad for
your hormones, and therefore it will affect your metabolism as well. If you do all of the tips I already mentioned,
like stopping all the dieting, restriction, eating more, stopping the exercise, and sleeping
more, you are already reducing so much stress what all the dieting restriction behaviors
have put on your body, so this is like a big stress relief from your body already, but
you can also focus on eliminating everyday stress as well. For example, the work stress or school stress
or stress in the relationship and choose to focus on kind of the self-care practices. I can link an article I did about this down
below. And also focus on the mental recovery and
loving your body as you are. All the things like that, the mental recovery. And if you do all of these things what I just mentioned, you’re gonna see so many big improvements. And I will say that if definitely will take
time, because you didn’t have your eating disorder just a short period of time in most
cases, but maybe you had it for years, so expect that your recovery won’t take only
a few months and give it plenty of time. And most importantly, be consistent with this. And then you’re gonna start seeing all of
the positive improvements and signs that your metabolism is speeding up. One of the things I was night sweats, and
night sweats is a very uncomfortable symptom in recovery, but it can be a good sign that
your metabolism is speeding up. Also, you will a general rise in your metabolism,
more warm hands and feet. Also you’re gonna have more energy, boosted
mood, better concentration, better sex drive, better digestion, and maybe even some people
who have overshoot their weight or maybe they are above their set point weight because of
their eating disorder maybe they’re gonna see a natural weight loss. Maybe they’re gonna see less bloating, less
water retention. So all of these can be signs and symptoms
to look out for that your metabolism is actually speeding up. Generally, you’re gonna just feel so much
better. So yeah, this is what I wanted to say. I hope you really liked this video, and you
can let me know what you think. Thank you so much for watching, and see you
next time. Bye.

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