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    Is there anyone else starting this when they’re already crazy overweight? I’m only 5′ tall and I already weigh 224 pounds. The thought of gaining anything more scares me to death. I’m coming from a WAPF/GAPS diet background. We did GAPS for two years to help my son’s autism. While it did great things in healing my son, the GAPS diet absolutely destroyed my metabolism. I’ve been steadily gaining weight for a little over a year now. For a lengthy period of time I consistently gained 2 pounds per week. Shortly after the weight gain started I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue that involved panic attacks, heart palpitations, nighttime insomnia, mood swings, extreme fatigue, etc. Most of that has gone away. I only have crashes a couple times a month now.

    I am a wife and mother to five children, ages 8 (my child with autism), 7, 5, 2, and 7 months. We homeschool and attempt to homestead. We live on a 30 acre property with gardens, orchards, and farm animals. Needless to say, there’s not a whole lot of relaxation going on here!

    For the past couple days I’ve tried taking my temperatures. This morning I was 96.3 but throughout the day I will range from low 96s to high 97s. The highest I’ve ever been able to record was 98.3, but that one time is the only time I’ve every entered the 98s.

    Is there anyone else out there that’s like me? I could really use some advice..

    Thank you.


    Hi, While I do not have advice. I too am a homeschooling mom of 5. I just heard of Matt from a friend at church. I am scouring the internet for advice about health and food. It can be so confusing. I need to loose 50 pounds but mainly want to feel good. Hopefully we can encourage eachother. Dee


    Thank you Dee for your kind response. Like you, my main goal is to feel good. I want to have enough energy to joyfully care for my husband, my children, my home, and our farm. I would also like for my digestive system to be more stable. I’m willing to postpone the weight loss to have my body heal, but the thought of actually adding more weight to my body is really scary. I already feel like the bones in my feet are breaking when I get out of bed in the night to nurse the baby.

    Anyhow, I love the idea of encouraging one another. Thank you!

    The Real Amy

    Dee and TheMrs, one thing that may be helpful to keep in mind is that food is only one aspect of healing. Before you worry about increasing the amount you eat, you may want to try 1) increasing sleep, 2) some sort of manageable stress reduction program like meditating 10 min a day, 3) Eating on a very regular schedule. It’s possible that could be enough. If you do all that and it doesn’t help, then you can always do more refeeding later.

    TheMrs, if your adrenal issues have already stopped, that is a really promising sign that you have been experiencing healing.

    Probiotics and digestive enzymes can also be a helpful shortterm crutch with digestive issues.


    Thank you Amy! All three things you mentioned are things that I try to do, but they haven’t been on a consistent basis. I think you’re right that making them more of a priority would be helpful. I tend to focus so much on my family that I feel guilty taking time to take care of myself!

    I’m not good at calculating calories, but my rough guess (based on today’s planned menu) is that I would get in about 3000 calories today by purposefully eating and keeping myself full. I don’t know what a 36 year old, 5′ tall nursing mother should be eating, but that’s what I seem to be getting.

    Most of my adrenal issues have stopped. However, about 3 times per month I will overdo it and I’ll experience shaky, jelly-legs where I feel like I’m about to collapse. Then I’ll have extreme fatigue and light-headedness that requires me to lay on the couch for about an hour or so. After that nap I will usually wake with some energy again. So, while I have experienced a lot of healing in the past year, I can see that I still have a ways to go.

    Thank you for your help. It’s so nice to have others to talk these things over with!


    I found this website helpful in planning how much I should be eating:

    This is the first place that actually suggested I burn more than just the base basal metabolic value…

    You can test that, by setting your sleeping time to 24 hours… then the total=basal. Even being awake and just sitting doing nothing, you burn more – and thus need to eat more.

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