February 8, 2014 at 1:13 am #15040
Hey there folks,
I starting implementing some changes into my diet after reading “Diet Recovery 2” and “Eat for Heat”. A little more than a week ago now. These changes include eating more carbs/starches/salt and drinking less water.
I’ve never really dieted per say, never been on any kind of structured diet anyway. Never drank a lot of water (still more than I should have), and I’ve -never- cut out salt, sugar, starch, or carbs. I just didn’t have an appetite sometimes and so I wouldn’t eat. Other times it would be ferocious and I would eat everything ALL day.
However, I have always had basically ALL the symptoms of low metabolism.
Chronically cold hands and feet, super dry skin (lower legs literally look like lizard scales), low sex drive, fatigue, constantly clear and frequent urination etc. etc.
When I read the books I thought that since I haven’t dieted before, that maybe I didn’t need to RARRF because I wasn’t recovering from any diet, but I don’t seem to be having instant results like some others. My temps are still fairly low, my hands and feet are cold and my pee is still super clear. I’m also having digestive upsets still like constipation, diarrhea and heart burn.
I will note that anytime I have pee that is even slightly yellow (still really pale) it kinda hurts to pee, like a tugging feeling, very much like the feeling of having a UTI. (before you ask I’ve been tested for issues down there and I’m all clear.) Is this perhaps because I’m just so used to having diluted pee that it burns when its just a little concentrated?
ANYWAY, really getting off track here. My real question is does this mean I should be RARRFing until my temps are consistently up? Should I possibly start counting calories to make sure I’m eating enough?
I just don’t have a massive appetite, so it would mean really forcing it down if I were to eat more than I already am. Perhaps this is what I need?
Jesus, sorry folks for the ridiculously long post. I just wanted to make sure all the info was there.February 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm #15050
Yes get your temps up. No need to count calories. I got sick of eating so I got extra calories by adding lots of sugar to milk or the juices of a lemon/orange.February 9, 2014 at 12:14 am #15058
I did a calorie count today just to see where I’m at. I honestly thought I was eating like a king all day, scrambled eggs, crackers and cheese, chicken, beef stir fry etc. My count said I ate roughly 1800 calories! I’m supposed to be eating at -least- 2800 according to “Diet recovery 2”!
How the frick am I supposed to get all those calories in me?? I suppose your probably right about adding sugar and cream to everything, but still, that’s a massive leap.February 9, 2014 at 2:23 am #15059
I don’t really add sugar or cream to anything I eat but the drinks I make. I would guess that I drink in about 1500 calories of sugar a day and it doesn’t really fill me up to much. You really don’t need to sweat the calories much if your feeling warm and good though. That’s what I aim forFebruary 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm #15076
Haha I’m not feeling warm and good though, so maybe that’s why. I’ll dry drinking more calories and just eating more in general today and see how I feel.February 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm #15077
If the sugar is to much you can try balancing it out with some salty snacks. I’m hooked on bugles atmFebruary 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm #15078TinaTParticipant
Try eating something you really love, that has lots of fat, salt and calories… for me that’s eggs benedict, with extra hollandaise.
See if you feel warm and fuzzy after that.
Or if you like sugar more than salt – pancakes with a BIG pat of butter and real maple syrup, maybe add a handful of berries (I keep a bag of mixed berries in the freezer all the time).
Try talking to your body and see if you can tell what it’s asking you to feed it… fat, sugar, salt, starch, protein? what does it want?
Mine likes fat and protein – with lots of salt.
You could try just eating a big spoonful of peanut or almond butter.
Avoid “drinking” your calories – you’ll be adding too much water with the good stuff, and just dilute the warming effects.
Just my $0.02. I’m new on the “eat for heat” journey…February 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm #15441
I don’t think stuffing yourself until you feel sick is really a great solution, but I do think increasing caloric intake is important. I’ll second the advice to drink calorie dense liquids to help get there as they don’t affect the appetite much at all.
I also couldn’t eat anywhere near adequately until I realized how easy it was to drink more calories. During the last trimester of my pregnancy I was drinking almost a gallon of whole milk, with some juice, tea and water every day (totaled probably 2000+ calories just from my fluids). I still maintained very nicely concentrated urine (I do consume a lot of salt too, I’ve always liked my food salty) and I avoided the typical “pregnant lady has to pee all the time.”
In my case as long as I consumed my salt and most of the liquids were calorie dense I could drink all I wanted and my temps improved. Far more pleasant for me than over stuffing my face and feeling thirsty all the time like I was when I first started reducing my water intake.February 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm #15442
Try talking to your body and see if you can tell what it’s asking you to feed it? fat, sugar, salt, starch, protein? what does it want?
I think this is also a very important part of the equation. That’s how I started drinking all the milk, when I stopped overriding my instinct with “don’t drink too much” thoughts I discovered that my body pretty much couldn’t get enough milk. It ALWAYS tasted good.March 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm #15636
And that didn’t result in frequent urination?March 3, 2014 at 12:45 am #15642
Nope. And not only was it not too frequent, but at every one of my pre-natal appointments I was told I was dehydrated and needed to drink more. Even accounting for the high percentage of solids in the milk that was an adequate fluid intake by any standards I know of, it just affected my body MUCH differently than even half as much plain water.March 3, 2014 at 11:01 am #15648LindaParticipant
This is an interesting thread. I have never been a big drinker. I couldn’t even drink the 8 oz glasses of water/day when I thought I should. I also don’t think I am getting the calories I need each day but drinking it in does fill me up. I don’t want to eat because I am so full of liquid. I wish I could figure out what I need to do to nudge my temps up. Right now I think I need to just relax and stop trying so hard.March 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm #15671
I have been drinking milk and no problems! Nutrient density probably helps, never realized milk had some sodium…March 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm #15672
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