Many clients are asking and have been for the last few months. At the end of two years of Covid, people are really starting to realize the weight that they have put on over the past couple of years, and it’s not easily coming off. But why?
“You can’t train your way out of a bad diet”
Could your weight gain be trauma-induced? There has been so much stress over the past couple of years and stress causes inflammation, which leads to poor metabolism and you end up with that extra padding around your middle. That’s what my guest on episode 119, Dr Davis Brockenshire has the trauma angle as his working theory. Trauma and stress are draining but the triggers can end up giving you a hit of dopamine. Wanting more and more dopamine has become an addiction – like being on your phone and not being able to stop scrolling or binge-watching streaming shows. They give you that dopamine hit, no matter how scary or sensationalized they are. When you don’t get out of the trauma state, you develop an addiction to the triggers of the trauma. The headlines that are around us, trigger the stress or trauma memories and that send you back to the fridge, to the carbs, to the poor eating habits.After 3-4 weeks of stress and trauma, your microbiome adapts and changes to help our immune system respond to stress - we adapt. In that stress state, your body slows the metabolism to store energy just in case.
Despite all the exercise and all the diet changes, unless the microbiome - the gut bugs in your belly are fed with good bugs and the number one food - mushrooms, fermented foods and a probiotic capsule like Bio Boost, things aren’t going to change. The psychological change also needs nourishment so focusing on de-stressing, adrenal gland support like Physica’s Adrenal LF capsules and Liposome B Complex Liquid and my Take this by Lianne Alka C as the most helpful stress-busting supplement that is found on Sprout Right.com. Start to nourish yourself by staying off your phone, getting out in nature and being with friends who are more positive than negative, and you’ll be on your way.
Mushrooms are incredible to use in everything that you can. Pick up varieties like oyster, shitake, portobello, and morels, I get cinnamon and unusual kinds from the Brickworks Market, so check out your local and see what you can find. Eat AS MANY as possible to help bring your microbiome back to its lesser weight and less stress set point.
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