March 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm #15721LauraMParticipant
My name is Laura and I’m new on here. I’ve been following Matt’s recommendations for a few months now and I’m not really seeing results.
I’ve been recovering from anorexia for almost three years now and I already was at a healthy weight before starting Matt’s plan but this is the first time I’ve consistently been consuming a high cal diet. Before this, I experimented with IF/ Bulletproof coffee and about 1/2 raw vegan (I’m still vegan).
So my issues are that consuming the types and amounts of foods Matt recommends is harsh on my stomach (more fat, sugar). I’ve been trying to consume more salt but I often find myself in a nasty cycle of oversalting, then overwatering because I’m extremely thirsty. I’ve been drinking juice when I’m thirsty but it still makes me cold. I’m also tired all the time, like falling asleep all day long tired, to the point where it’s affecting my function in school (I am an engineering student- undergad). I get adequate sleep. I find myself desiring coffee to wake myself up but then consuming coffee makes me cold, plus it’s a stimulant and it makes my stomach issues worse. Anyone have advice on what to do when I’m cold and I feel like I can’t stomach any food? Or if I’m cold and thirsty at the same time? All I crave these days are the green smoothies that I used to make, which are obviously low cal and full of water. I just don’t feel as healthy as I did when I was doing either IF or eating a lot of raw food.
I don’t feel like my temperatures have consistently been rising either. Question about measuring: do you all measure under the tongue? I’ve been doing armpit but I’m not sure how accurate that is.
I’ve been gaining weight and that’s about it.March 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm #15762The Real AmyModerator
Lauren, there is some tiredness that accompanies healing. Your stress hormones were probably sky high under the anorexic conditions, as well as from IF/Bulletproof coffee -That was adrenaline and cortisol you were feeling, not real energy. It takes time to come down from it and heal. That said, it doesn’t sound like you’re necessarily getting better with what you’re doing now, but it’s hard to say, you are the best judge, it’s a long process. How set are you on being a vegan? My feeling is that some people really need meat or fish (or at the very least eggs) to be healthy, especially when healing. (I am one of them – I have gotten sick every single time I’ve cut down on meat; just need it at least once a day, I’ve found.)
Since you have the ED background, my personal advice is to find a good RD with experience working with ED patients who can help you work out a good eating plan. Especially if you are vegan, you may need advice on getting enough nutrients and calories. To go from anorexia to raw vegan and IF/coffee sounds like the eating disorder was still holding. And all of that is a LOT to deal with and for your body to heal from.
I suspect you still have some ED stuff to deal with, which is probably going to require professional guidance.March 10, 2014 at 12:06 am #15775LauraMParticipant
Thank you for your caring response.
I hear you about the animal products. I actually have added in Kerrygold grassfed butter to my diet, which I do feel is helpful. I had a short stint with eggs but I would love to be able to recover my health without animal products because that is where my ethics lies.
I’ve seen a nurtitionist in the past and I’ve been thinking about going back to one recently, in spite of thinking that I’m smarter than a nutritionist and that I know what’s best for my health. Clearly I don’t. Thank you for giving me the motivation to take action for my health.
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