If you followed my Anti-Diet Challenge last year, you’ll remember that there were a lot of casseroles and a lot of potatoes. Some of you may have even thought I was crazy. I mean, I was eating to satiation, and sometimes even beyond, which I did consciously for the benefit of my metabolism.
I know it’s counter-intuitive, but yes, I am telling you that my Anti-Diet Challenge (this year and last year) is based on the idea of eating more. Or more specifically, enough. Not restricting. Not punishing.
And yes, even working out less (in some cases). I spent most of 2012 and 2013 refeeding my body, gaining weight, sleeping, and getting my waking body temperature to a steady 98 degrees every morning. Eventually my weight stopped climbing, and I reached a homeostasis at about 280 pounds. As I slept more, I found that I had more energy to get myself to the gym, in spite of the fact that I felt really uncomfortable in my larger body. I lifted a lot of weights. I started walking and dancing again. I continued to eat about 3,000 calories/day. I started to lose weight.
Now we come to January 2014. I am in the middle of a divorce, of forging a new life where I am a single parent. This should be a stressful time. It has been. But have I gained weight? Even though I haven’t been to the gym in over two months? NO.
Surprised? Even I have been, a little!
So how does metabolic eating work?
When you eat enough food, or a few bites beyond being full, you are telling your body that it should feel satisfied. When you don’t eat enough food, your body can go into starvation mode, slowing down digestion, conserving energy, and increasing stress responses in the body. You don’t want this! Not if you want your body to thrive and your metabolism to be balanced and healthy!
One of the best ways I have found to keep my body in a relaxed state is to rely on potatoes. Grains, starches, sugars, sleep, sex…these are all good ways to keep your body in a relaxed state. These things are good for you! Yes, going to the gym and lifting weights is good for you too, but it’s no better than an orgasm, or a bowl of baked mashed potatoes, or a good night’s rest. All of those factors are equally important to a healthy body.
Potatoes are starchy, and quite dry, so they don’t dilute your body when you’re trying to get warmer. (Wetter foods can undermine the warming effect of foods.) Plus, potatoes are easier to digest than many other gluten-based carbs. Plus, I’m Irish. So I’ve got that going for me.
I think you’ll laugh when you see the recipe! I love to make big batches of mashed potatoes to eat with dinners, alongside eggs for breakfast, or just to make this baked dish for lunches!
No matter what, these potatoes warm me right up, and I don’t just mean because they are warm out of the oven. I mean that they get my metabolism roaring!
Baked Mashed Potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Spread the mashed potatoes out in a pie plate or other glass dish.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese in an even layer.
- Season with more pepper, if desired.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until warmed through.
- Set the oven to broil, on high.
- Broil for 1-3 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.
- Remove immediately from the oven and serve.