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    I’ve been at this since Thanksgiving and I’ve only just this past week gotten my temps to stabilize. Unfortunately I’m in the low 97’s, but up from 96 so I am making some progress.

    There are differences that I notice such as a more even temperature throughout the day. Gone are the super freezing hands and feet, but I’m not necessarily warm either. My skin is better and I may sleep a little better. Twice I have felt hungry, the first time in likely a year!

    My struggles:

    Eating enough – I’m eating 2000-3000 calories a day, it’s hard to eat more than that because I’m really *not* hungry. Some days looking at food makes me feel ill so it’s been a struggle. Trust me, I am VERY overweight so it’s not a learned starvation thing. I try to make each meal count when I do eat though. I believe I’m not digesting and the old food is kind of rotting in my stomach instead of digesting properly and leaving me hungry, I’m really looking forward to fixing that!

    Thirst – I feel thirsty most of the time but when I drink my temps seem to plummet. I will try gatorade to see if that helps. Currently I’ve been drinking 1 cup (literally in ounces) of coffee with half and half (mostly half and half), another cup of salted chicken stock (homemade with the fat) and about a half of a coca-cola (with dinner) and that is it. I feel like I need more but if I have anything else my temps drop. On a Friday when my husband and I had a couple of drinks though (vodka and oj) my temp was way up the next day. Should I be drinking a little more then?

    Tired – I’m tired again. I was super tired before and it’s creeping back. I’ve got brain fog and I don’t care-itis which went away in the beginning. Clearly I’ve skipped a step here or something. I get about 8 hours of sleep a night but I feel like I got 6.

    What other things am I missing about raising my temp? I eat oatmeal with half n half, honey, butter and salt for breakfast. I don’t drink hardly anything. I try to eat fat and salt with carbs. Is there something else? Do I need more protein or veggies maybe? I am having such a hard time getting over 97.4*. Please help!

    Insider Fuzzy

    2000-3000 calories is good. I usually don’t eat 3000 cals but I usually do maintain temps in the 98’s. I really doubt the food is rotting in you’re stomach, but you could have a digestion problem. Maybe try some probiotic supplements.

    It’s not really about consuming tons of calories from any foods, but getting them from warming foods that boost metabolism/temperature. Eating mashed or fried potatoes in coconut oil with salt, butter and cheese for one meal puts my temps up to 98’s for about 4 hours. Matt lists all the warming foods in “Eat for Heat” book. It’s all about eating the right foods.

    If you’re thirsty you should always drink fluids. Just a reasonable amount until you raise your temps. Gatorade with a little bit of salt added or with salty food instead and whole milk are great. Matt also recommends 50% grape juice and 50% water with enough salt added to detect a mild salty background flavor. When it comes to coffee most people drink it when they’re not thirsty which could be a problem for someone with a low metabolic rate.

    Sounds like you need to try something very warming for breakfast instead of oatmeal for now until your temps raise into the 98’s. For me oatmeal is too filling. You really don’t need a lot of fat. Also try reducing the PUFA because it lowers body temperature. For me it causes brain fog.

    In Matts EFH book he recommends for someone whose cold in the morning eat this for breakfast:

    – 2 buckwheat pancakes with bananas, syrup and whipped cream
    – 2 eggs scrambled with lots of salted cheese
    – small juice


    I’ve had similar digestion problems where it feels like the food is sitting in my stomach and not going anywhere. I’ve found that drinking some apple cider vinegar helps to alleviate some of the discomfort. You can mix ACV with water (recipes online)- or the Bragg’s brand now has pre-made ACV drinks- I’ve found them at whole foods. I get the original/plain, which is just ACV, honey, and water. Sort of an odd taste at first, but you get used to it- just like an odd apple juice. Take a couple sips before, during, and after your meal (or whatever you find works). Obviously it’s a low-cal liquid, so you don’t want to overdo it. But a couple sips with meals might help.

    You could also try HCL capsules (essentially same concept as the ACV) to help with digestion. Pretty easy to find instructions for those online.

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