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    Hi everyone, I am new here and a week into eating the food/RRAFing. I spent 10 years with a stable (obese) weight on a carby intuitive eating lifestyle but then was diagnosed with mild insulin resistance and have spent the past two years on a dieting rollercoaster attempting to “cure” myself of it. I have some symptoms of PCOS but a very regular menstrual cycle so I’m not convinced I have it anymore.

    I’ve never had a problem with binges, just a high appetite.

    My preferred poison is low-carb, because I don’t care for the light meals one needs to eat when doing low calorie dieting.

    In any case, I’m a week into eating the food (my morning temp is 95 degrees and I have many symptoms of metabolic slowdown including hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin, and being a needy, anxiety ridden nightmare to be around) and it’s been fun. I had no idea how restrictive I’ve become until I “let myself” eat whatever. I’ve eaten pastries, put sugar in my coffee, and even had a (gasp) regular, full sugar Mexi-Coke.

    What I’m finding is that other than some mild digestive discomfort and some mild blood sugar swings, I can tolerate all these foods I had convinced myself I was basically allergic to.

    My question is… is it all in our minds? Are all these gluten, lactose intolerant people on the internet just convincing themselves they are sick? Can I actually drink orange juice without fear?

    Matt Stone

    Not always all in people’s heads. No way. But sugar rules, quite frankly, if you can get enough of the non-sugar stuff out of the way to experience the sheer splendor of it as a fuel source. PCOS and insulin resistance certainly can be improved in a high-sugar diet. That’s not a promise or a guarantee. Physical needs change and are different from person to person. But generally-speaking I find a hearty and sweet diet with adequate or even beyond adequate calorie levels to do some pretty wondrous things for someone stuck at 95 measly degrees.


    I think it’s a vicious cycle in which the psychological aspect lead to worsening metabolic health, which then leads to more real unpleasant symptoms, which leads to more fear. Based on my own experience I would expect that as your stable temperature increases you will find that it is easier to eat more things that you previously thought you couldn’t eat. And, my own experience is that the more often I am willing to eat small amounts of things that I thought were problematic, the better my health becomes and the easier it becomes to eat more of those things. So to answer your question “Can I actually drink orange juice without fear?” I’d say: ditch the fear first, drink a small amount of orange juice, discover that it’s okay, then you’ll have confirmation that your decision to ditch the fear was a good one. That starts a positive loop. And don’t be discouraged if ever you feel you have a setback or something doesn’t agree with you. It happens. It’s not a big deal. Just keep eating the calorie-dense foods with emphasis on sugars, and you’ll increase your metabolism and you’ll have fewer setbacks. That’s been my experience.

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