March 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm #15742ChristinamParticipant
I didn’t feel good after 1-2 months of eating lots of bread, milk products, ice cream, desserts, I went back to more whole grains with plenty of coconut oil, miso, some veg with a little meat and things like oats with maple syrup, dates, bananas etc. and dates with cream cheese in moderation, more bananas in-between. I drink grape juice or tea with lots of honey when thirsty. And I will still have some treats a few times per week. I feel much better. And even leaned out a bit. I always eat when hungry and feel content and peaceful food wise esp since I’m eating lots of carbs and sugar which is what my body craves. My temperature isn’t going up really high like with more junk food but I’m over 98 during the day and it might drop as low as 97.8 in the am or late at night. I decided to go slow because it does a serious number on my self esteem when I feel heavy. And I still sleep like a baby.
At the same time, I’m working on my mind and stress responses since that might be big part of the puzzle. I personally would be careful not to go crazy with junk food. It’s really hard to gain lots of weight. I did have to gain a little maybe 15 lbs which still puts me in the upper normal weight range.April 5, 2014 at 11:56 am #16114lwpersonatalieParticipant
Yes, I’m gravitating to this approach as well. I was not an extreme chronic dieter, just an over-anxious mother trying to fix all my kids’ problems through diet, so when I let that go, I over-compensated with junk food. As I mushroom over the tops of my jeans, I’m thinking I need to find some balance. I still lean towards WAPF style eating as an ideal, without the extreme “New-fangled food is poison” attitude that goes with it.April 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm #16118ChristinamParticipant
I actually ended up going back to 3 meals per day, no dairy and just grains, veg, oil, fish for lunch and dinner and something like oats, coconut milk, macnuts and fruit for breakfast. I laid off the sugars. If I’m really hungry I’ll have an apple and macnuts as a snack. I lost half of the 20lbs I had gained on eat for heat and feel pretty again. In a month or so, I’ll probably feel fine in a bathing suit and fit back into most of my clothes. I’m sorry to say that I felt gross and sick eating dairy, bread, lots of sugars and I don’t care if it makes me great after a year or two. I just can’t live like that. I think that I have a balanced diet now that can be maintained at any good restaurant and I stick to this point of view, so as, to take the guess work out of my diet. No more extremes like low carb or calorie restriction, nor do I eat tons of sugary or salty snacks that are addictive and make me feel sluggish.
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