January 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm #14776jenniferbarclayParticipant
I am genuinely curious to know what foods you guys have found to be the most warming! Personally, Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate always does it for me. After eating it, my temperature is NEVER below 98.6! I am in need of some other metabolism-boosting foods though, please let me know what your guys’ favorites are!January 27, 2014 at 5:44 am #14785AlatorasParticipant
It definitely varies for each individual. And for each individual, specific foods yield different results at different times. Interestingly, I have found that as time progressed, foods that were never warming for me I now find warming, and some foods that were warming for me at first are no longer warming.
Sugar used to make me cold, but now it is the most warming thing. Fat used to be the most warming thing, but now if I consume most of my calories from it, I become very cold (I was on a low carb diet before this no-diet diet).
Fruits, fruit juices and smoothies combined with more solid foods like pizza, lasagne or anything with a lot of cheese does it for me. As long as I get over 50% of my calories from sugar (moreso than starch), and LOTS of calories, with plenty of salt, I am warm. I can also get to a point where I can consume pretty much any amount of liquid and not have any issues with it. That comes more towards the end of the day after having consumed a lot of calories, though. It seems like it’s the calories that helps me to deal with lots of liquid.January 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm #14786kamberayParticipant
Coffee is the only thing I can absolutely know will raise my temps.. sometimes by a full degree. And it lasts for quite awhile. It is extra liquid though.. I wonder if chocolate covered espresso beans would be more effective? Less liquid for those who can’t tolerate it while still getting the coffee. Plus the added chocolate..January 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm #14790ErinElizabethParticipant
Toast loaded with butter and honey and a sprinkle of salt is really warming for me. I haven’t found anything else that yields a consistently noticeable boost when I feel cold though. The sugar/salt mix hasn’t done anything for me when I’ve tried it which made me sad as I’d had the idea to make a heavily salted salted caramel to use instead (I tried anyway and it didn’t help either).
When I wake up in the middle of the night and am really awake (happens 2-3 times a week) I need fat and a carb to go back to sleep, cheese and crackers or pretzels works pretty well and is easy for me to eat even when my very pregnant tummy is totally uninterested in food.January 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm #14795kamberayParticipant
The sugar/salt mix doesn’t work for me either.. that’s interesting with the fat. Raw milk helps me go back to sleep.. honey makes me super awake.January 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm #14806jenniferbarclayParticipant
Interesting! The basic idea I’m getting here is that getting TOO MUCH from one food group (fats, sugar, etc.) will typically be cooling. I’ve also noticed that I sleep better when my temperature is slightly lower (like 97.8 instead of 98.1), but I’m not sure why that is. During the day though, I’m having a harder time keeping my temperature up. As a 16 year old female recovering from an eating disorder, it’s still hard to cram in as many calories as I know I need. Right now I’m getting about 2000 a day, no less though. I used to survive off of 900-1200, for about two years, and wow did that screw up my body…January 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm #14807ErinElizabethParticipant
I think you’re onto something with the balance being best.
As for struggling to consume adequate calories I had a lot of trouble with that until I started drinking a lot more calorically dense liquids. Mostly whole milk in my case. My midwives expressed concern that I might be drinking too much milk so I cut back this last week and I’ve been significantly colder and more tired despite eating more or less the same. Abandoning that idea. Milkshakes have also been a delicious way to pack in some more calories between meals.January 30, 2014 at 10:55 am #14834Rosie123Participant
Pancakes or toast with butter (or almond butter) honey and salt, tea with honey, and tropical fruit juice (to my surprise! I always thought tropical fruit is supposed to be cooling). I don’t eat much refined sugar, but when I do (usually marmalade or sweetened yogurt) that works very well.
I sometimes find though that after eating refined sugar I get a brief spell of nausea (for less than 5 mins). Don’t know what that means. Also have to avoid honey in the evening because it keeps me awake.
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