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Jessica Alba once stated in an interview, that she comes from an obese family and decided not to eat the way they did at a young age (junk food, rich, large portions?)and she is on a whole foods, portion controlled diet. And she stayed slim.
I like the idea of eating 1-2 fists of whole foods that I like when hungry and then wait until true hunger shows up again. And not sticking to strict times. What if I am only hungry before or after that time. I think that leads to problems/obsessions. This way I’m mentally at peace and enjoy the food. I might have a couple of days before my period when I “eat for heat” lol and that never made me fat. But eating like that every day would and it’s a leap of faith to think that the weight will come off after a year if it hasn’t for most.
I watched this study on weight on BBC and they went into why people gain a lot of weight. If it’s eating too much, exercising too little or low metabolic rate… Many of the study participants thought they eat just as much as their skinny friends but get fat. Turned out that once monitored, they actually ate 50% more than the thin guys, didn’t have a low thyroid or low metabolism like they imagined. I also know people that eat everything and are thin. But they are either those energizer bunny types that have nervous energy and probably burn the calories like crazy or they eat small portions.
Another observation of mine, is, that stress, tensions and depression leads to eating for comfort and if that person is insecure they might every so often go on a really extreme diet and lose weight. But they haven’t worked on their inner life and end up eating lots again after restricting. I also think that stressed people are cold a lot because tensions constrict blood vessels. I do think that extreme diets cause even more stress because the body gets the message that you don’t eat when hungry and therefor does it’s hormonal thing and gets you to pig out later and store safety fat for the next starvation. But I don’t know if it’s ever a good idea to eat more than hungry for. Or even force oneself to exercise a lot. I live in southern california and people are obsessed with eating healthy and staying active. But guess what, there are lots of gorgeous slim people here, too. So maybe it’s a good thing. I don’t know. But supposedly people who hang around active slim people are more likely to be like that, too.
I might be wrong and eating lots can eventually lead to a healthy slim body. But I don’t really see proof on this forum. Most of those who lost the weight again went back to eating moderately, say they are sorry they took rereading so far and gained a lot, even counting calories to lose it. It seems that some of the testimonials do claim, that they ate a lot and lost weight. And soon after starting, too. I don’t know what’s going on there. Maybe they are very young. I don’t know. And I don’t see any such person here, which might mean that they ended up gaining and might not even be on the plan anymore.
I’d be happy to see those who ate a ton and lost the weight. And I don’t buy that anyone is genetically meant to be chunky. Healthy, to me, means filled out (not bones sticking out) without a bunch of jiggle or rolls. And looking solid but good naked.March 15, 2014 at 11:45 am in reply to: When a permanent gut overgrowth prevents all progress #15890
The book is called ‘The natural way to heal, 65 ways..’ by Walter Last. The book is full of all kinds of healing concepts and can be confusing but the part I mentioned here is under hypoglycemia diet. Also the section on sweet foods. He goes into symptoms and it’s spot on for what you and I are experiencing. He does say that green juices and some seeds are ok which I would avoid after learning Matt’s point of view.
The tough part is, that it is hard to avoid sugars since they are so tasty and addictive.But I would rather be a bit strict and get better than eat ice cream!!March 15, 2014 at 10:12 am in reply to: When a permanent gut overgrowth prevents all progress #15885
Ok here are some ideas that I’m considering for myself. Maybe you can help me brainstorm.
Have you tried colostrum?
Besides going very low carb and now eat for heat, have you tried plenty of gluten free grains with veg/protein/fat no fruit or dairy besides butter/goat cheese. I read about a type of metabolic condition that causes certain sugars/carbs to turn into acids which created low energy and kills of good bacteria since they cannot survive in such a medium.The author claims that this person can come back to a normal metabolism after years of strictly adhering to this diet. I’m thinking this might be a solution that still allows carbs. It sounds very healthy and probably will keep the person at a normal weight.
There has to be a better way. 2 years is a long time!
Thank you sa230e. That’s very helpful! Matt doesn’t get into this in his book. I’m imagining that he would say that once hypoglycemia is overcome, as the metabolism is restored, there won’t be such a problem. I don’t know if he’s right. But I will experiment with different combinations. After all, it’s just no fun to be anxious?
Are you able to eat ice cream or cake without anxiety after?
It might not be as simple as that. Some of us keep eating and remain cold while turning lethargic, constipated and overweight. it’s no fun to keep stuffing one’s face while the stomach is overloaded and the body is breaking out in hives/inflammation from the inability to handle the food. And we still need to be fit to live our lives. Not everyone can take time off to do this. I had to moderate my eating in order to stay within the upper normal weight range and keep my energy up to get the things done, I need to do. But I am breaking out in hives from having introduced so much sugar, dairy etc. and it’s not fun. Eat more isn’t the answer I can apply, sadly.March 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm in reply to: When a permanent gut overgrowth prevents all progress #15869
I really wish Matt would write back on this, too! 2 years and no better. That is awful!! I have similar problems with itching, anxiety, pms? but I’m only 2 +months in. Matt says it’s temporary but obviously it’s more than temporary for you! How did you even manage to have the stamina for this long?
You must have tried all kinds of probiotics? Did your mom have this problem, also?
I get scared that the sugar is causing the inflammation. After all, that is a common idea.
I think it’s good that you are now coming around to eating whole foods. And I agree that Matt seems to promote junk food in large quantities which just cannot possibly be good in my my mind. Some people rapidly gunk up their livers when they eat a high sugar diet because their body is somehow wired that way. I’m very cautious since nobody is coming around here and sharing their great weight loss story while eating lots.
Better safe than sorry. But I still eat well. One reg. entree size bowl full of oats with banana, dates, coconut milk, warrior protein powder and some maple syrup for breakfast, something like quinoa or rice with miso, coconut oil, steamed carrots, small handful of greens and a small dessert of cream cheese( no additives) on a few strawberries with maple syrup. And some fish or beef most days. Sometimes I’ll have some ice-cream and dates with macadamia nuts in the afternoon. This plan has stopped my weight gain which happened on lots of bread, some tart/cookies, lots of ice-cream, butter, jam, pancakes. Urgh, eating that felt yuck and the taste of it wasn’t really interesting anymore after a few weeks. I felt like a gross, lethargic, depressed sloth on that?Maybe I’m happy with my plan now because it’s close to how I ate growing up.
I’m so sorry you gained so much weight. You probably were too thin when you started, so you will probably not need to lose as much as you gained.
Walking is good until you lose a bit of weight and then you could do 20 min. of push ups and abs, squats everyday to keep it simple until you start feeling good again. Try and stay busy doing things and reading etc. as not to focus so much regrets or worries.
Please! It’s the most natural thing on the planet. There is no way it could be bad for you!!
I wonder about this, too. It doesn’t feel right when I eat bread, pasta and all that stuff. I’m back to lots of quinoa etc and I feel better. And my mood is affected by those foods, also. I might be a brainwashed orthorexic but what is more sane than doing what feels good?
The hives are gone after a day without cheese. Cheese is in so many foods. I guess I won’t want to go near it for now. I have the same problem with wine. But I don’t care for it anyway. The ups and downs of this process are quite something. Seems like I’m writing more of a blog of my own here. Maybe it helps someone (;
Your take reminds me of something I read in Water Last’s book. I speaks of high calcium to phosphorous ratios being preferable in most cases. And in the section on hypoglycemia and sensitivity to sugar, he states that some of us don’t have a proper sugar metabolism and end up using alkaline materials like calcium to buffer the resulting acidity. He recommends a diet that stops this process. It is contrary to eat for heat since it rules out sugars incl. fruit, but one can freely eat gluten free grains, butter, coconut oil, veg, animal foods etc.. He mentions the symptoms of someone with this conditions, one of which is cold hands and feet, irregular menstruation, depression…, rather similar to a low metabolism. Well, he sais that this person produces acidity where a healthy individual does energy. I used to see myself in his description but it was just too hard for me to swear off of sweets entirely. I wonder if his approach paired with some of Matt’s ideas like drinking less, more salt and eating good amounts would produce superior results for some of us. Or, if this would just be another diet devoid of pleasure and too low carb to heal the metabolism. I’m interested in your take celtic. and anyone else’s of course (:
Celtic, I looked back at your post and think I might need to scale back the dairy after all. I seem to have a histamine reaction to cheese. Why do you recommend calcium citrate?
I think it might be a histamine reaction. Maybe it’s from hard cheeses. I’ll have to eliminate foods and see.
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