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For my husband and I snoring is pretty directly related to our weight. His snoring disappears when his weight goes down and now, for the first time (excepting colds) I snore and it started when my weight went up. My husband has pretty low temps and isn’t eating for heat while I’m gaining weight while EFH and my temps have improved drastically. So with this sample of two at least, improving metabolism won’t necessarily reduce snoring.
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.
I didn’t see any benefit from the salt/sugar under the tongue when I woke at night and couldn’t get back to sleep. What worked great for me was a chunk of cheese. I wake a couple times every night (I really don’t know how well I sleep on my own, I have children waking me up). Most of the time I can fall right back asleep but especially late in my pregnancy I’d be unable to and the cheese worked every 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?
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.
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.
Particularly with the heavy thirst of breastfeeding you do want to be sure you have plenty of fluids so DO listen to your thirst, but yes, you will likely be better off drinking pretty much anything but water. I drink LOTS of whole milk and some juice.
Any yes, these ideas can help the overweight as well as the underweight. I’ve been following these idea since I conceived this spring and I’m due in three days. I started out at my highest weight ever and I’ve gained a lot of weight this pregnancy, but I’ve also seen a lot of improvement some very long term symptoms. I’m hopeful that once the baby is here my body will be comfortable releasing some of this weight as long as I keep taking care of it.
A lot of Matt’s writing is aimed primarily at people who have low metabolisms due to dieting or other kinds of specific food restriction but there are many other reasons for a low metabolism. You may not need to drastically change how you eat (though I think you do need to erase the “bad” and “good” labels from food). Some of the other causes for low metabolism are stress (physical, mental, and/or emotional) and insufficient sleep.
The other thing to consider is whether you’ve dieted unconsciously. That’s a big part of how I tanked my own metabolism. I’ve never intentionally restricted calories but I’d gotten too concerned with good and bad foods and ended up eating a diet that was too satiating and not appealing enough and despite never letting myself get hungry I was significantly undereating.
Once I read Matt Stone and counted calories for a couple days (first time in my life!) and started trying to increase my overall calories I struggled to even eat 2000 in a day more than one day in a row and having reduced my water intake due to it making me feel cold instantly I was always thirsty. Eventually I rediscovered the joy that is milk for me. I can’t even remember why I stopped drinking it years ago and I’d managed to convince myself I didn’t really like it anymore. Now I drink at least a half gallon of whole milk every day and I don’t find any drink more satisfying when I’m thirsty. Right there is an additional 1200 calories every day that doesn’t affect appetite at all. I noticed a jump in my basal temps really quickly after that change and after a few months of it I’m less sensitive to water too.
A temp in the 96’s means SOMETHING is wrong but feel free to wait until it feels right. Read Matt’s Raising Metabolism eCourse for a while and see if any of it resonates with you. Those of use who have seen improvements can get really excited for others to join in but it can be kind of hard to wrap your brain around such controversial ides before you’re ready. It was over a year between the first time I heard Matt’s ideas and me going back to look into them again without dismissing him as a crackpot. :)
Sounds like you’re operating about like me. I do the best I can without driving myself nuts. And despite already knowing that carageenan and gums are no good, I still have cream cheese in my fridge cause sometimes that just happens to be what I want. Since it isn’t particularly problematic for my family we eat it occasionally without worrying about it, occasionally being a couple times a month maybe.
Best of luck on the tightrope that is awareness without going neurotic, that line is in a different place for all of us. :)
Katy Bowman is my favorite resource for fixing chronic aches and pains, she has lots of information on physiologically correct movement and correcting longtime poor movement patterns. It can be kind of overwhelming poking through her site as there is a TON of information but I searched it for back pain and http://www.katysays.com/5-simple-ways-to-avoid-back-pain/ looks like a good place to start.
I luckily haven’t had to deal with major back pain though both of my parents have off an on so I do have a clue what you’re experiencing and I hope this can help. I found Katy this spring when I had a pinched nerve in my shoulder that multiple weeks of chiropractic visits was only barely touching. After realizing how off my spinal posture was (both incorrect pelvis tilt and rib shearing creating a major swayback) and straightening my feet while I walked, one week of just correcting things when I noticed I’d reverted was enough to eliminate the pain completely. It hasn’t come back and my occasional knee pain that I’ve had for the last 15 years has completely gone too. I’ve still got lots of bad habits that I’m trying to slowly change but I figure I’ve got a lifetime creating those movement patterns and I can give myself some time to work them out.
I hope she can help you to!
Welcome to the rabbit hole that is 180 degree health!
One thing that stands out is I don’t see you reporting your temps, have you taken your temps first thing in the morning and at various times throughout the day? You don’t have many of the typical low metabolism signs but you aren’t eating very much so I would be surprised if you had normal body temps. A lot of Matt’s writing is aimed at the dieters/foot nuts/eating disorder recoverers but stress can tank a metabolism too and it sounds like you’ve had enough in the past to set up some emotional causes for your personal metabolism issues.
I’m not familiar with his philosophies (I just found him through the conference Matt participated in last week) but Matt spoke well of
Marc David of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and it seems like that might be a good supplement to 180 for you.
As for the 6000 calories, holy cow, that’s a huge jump from a typical less than 2000. I try to not worry about the calories too much and just try to eat more. I counted my calorie intake at first and found I was way undereating unintentionally myself and struggled to eat more until I started drinking a lot of my calories (mostly whole milk). I find I can easily drink a half gallon of milk in during the day which is a solid 1200 calories on its own without it affecting my appetite. I also have started drinking juice and sweetening my tea for a bit more there (that took me a while as I was coming from sugar phobic territory).
I’ve missed a lot I’m sure but my three year old says I’m done. I wish you luck!
Brownies sound fantastic, I might have to make some of those tomorrow…
It seems like now is a really good time for you to not have the “can’t sit still” since you’re stuck inside due to the weather. Take advantage of the rest and hopefully by the time the weather clears you’ll be chomping at the bit to get moving outside!
The 2000 calories a day is based off a USDA food consumption survey. Ie people self reporting what they ate (and according to a google search http://www.foodpolitics.com/2011/08/where-did-the-2000-calorie-diet-idea-come-from/ the reported numbers were rounded down significantly to end up at 2000).
I’m a big fan of the calorie concept being abolished personally. I just don’t see how it can help when the body can adjust its needs so significantly depending on what/how much is consumed. It makes me think of the futility of trying to negotiate with an infant: your logic, no matter how correct can have no impact on a system that can’t understand anything past its basic biology.
When I first started I had never deliberately restricted my calories but I tracked for a few days and found I was nowhere near even a conservative estimate for a pregnant woman of my activity level. I struggled to consume more until I discovered that drinking calories (primarily whole milk) was an easy way to bump my calories without reducing my appetite.
I’m now mostly just trying to keep my brain out of the way and listen to my body. It’s been 7 months now since I tracked my calories and while I’m kinda curious I’m leaving them out of sight with the scale as a tool that can be helpful, but can also be harmful and I’m personally feeling better off without either.
I’m pretty sure this isn’t the only effective workout for leanness and strength, after all there are lots of strong lean people who do something else. I think it’s being advocated as the “most bang for your exercise buck” (particularly attractive for those of us uninterested in spending much time at a gym) rather than as the only option. Give it a try and see how you feel but for the long haul I think whatever exercise you actually enjoy doing is the best bet.
Sugar is 50:50 glucose:fructose so that wouldn’t help boost the glucose side of the ratio. Lactose however is glucose and galactose so as far as this is concerned a glass of milk ought to boost your glucose:fructose ratio easily. Huh, maybe just found yet another reason why both my husband and I just can’t seem to get enough milk.
Considering the fact that you’re recovering from some pretty restrictive eating patterns I doubt 2000 calories is enough for you.
Like pod, I drink something with all my meals. I’ve tried not as I’ve read plenty about how it hinders digestion but I just don’t find eating nearly as enjoyable without something to drink. I am seeing much more regular elimination patterns anyway so I suspect as the metabolism improves the gut starts working better the fluid consumed with food has less impact. Though I do still avoid plain water and prefer to drink something with significant calories.