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@Kristi – I also have trouble with gluten, hence focusing more on sugar (avoiding gluten/grains can make it hard to get enough calories/carbs). I personally think that if you’re newish to this whole diet recovery thing, then just keep going with whatever is yummy/satiating for now. For lots of people that seems to be good enough. I’ve been dieting since the age of 11 and have had chronic fatigue and a whole host of other health issues since I was a little kid, hence I was in need of a more targeted approach. I think you’ll get a clearer idea of whether or not you need to make any further changes as time goes on. Keep us posted!
@Dutchie – I do seem to be adjusting, as I feel a lot better today than yesterday. But I honestly don’t know how I’m ever going to get up to 400g. 200g isn’t leaving much room in my diet for anything else! 400g worth of sugar alone is probably double my usual calorie intake. Maybe that’s the point. What’s your usual daily sugar intake?
@Kristi – In that case I guess a bit of experimentation could help you find your sweet spot (so to speak). Maybe try switching out some starch for sugar and see if it helps with your energy levels? If so then you know you’re on the right track and can fine tune from there. What’s you’re diet like, currently?
@The Real Amy – Still not sure I’d recommend them even for brief use, but maybe I’m just paranoid.
@bigbird – Just teasing ;) Thanks for the resource! The diagram comparing male and female is very interesting. But his only recommendation for getting rid of cellulite seems to be to eat less and do more exercise to reduce its appearance. Oh well! I guess it’s something that women just need to learn to live with.
@Notherby – Salted caramels sounds like a good compromise, considering I WAY prefer salty things to sweet stuff!
@Kristi – In Matt’s words, “Sugar is energy, starch makes you sleepy” (or something to that effect). The starch-induced sleepiness is therapeutic, but given that I’m already tired 90% of the time, I’m looking for something that will enable me to do activities other than sleeping/resting! The hope is that boosting sugar intake will help get my energy levels up and reduce general inflammation. I wouldn’t advise assuming that you need more sugar just because Matt recommended this approach for my particular issues. Everyone has unique requirements. I suggest you speak to Matt using the “Get Help” program to assess your individual needs.
@cookin – I’m hoping for an increase in energy levels, less overall inflammation (which should in turn alleviate my Endometriosis symptoms), and the ability to exercise again without getting sick afterwards! So far I feel pretty horrible, but I think that’s just because my body’s not accustomed to much sugar at all! At the moment I’m only able to stomach around 200g per day, but I’m trying to work my way up to 400g!
Now I remember why I dislike sugar! Heartburn, sore throat, mucus, joint pain… is this normal? Is it just an adjustment thing?
@Dutchie – I do make my apple crumble with normal flour, as it’s not something I have very often! I have made it with almond flour before, but it wasn’t so nice. Maybe coconut flour would work.
@natty – I did eat lots of starch before, but very little sugar (I’m much more of a savory person!). I’d usually have some juice or coke, some milk, and maybe the odd piece of chocolate or fruit, but that’s about it!
@The Real Amy – I live in South Africa, I don’t even know if you can get it in a glass bottle here! I’ve certainly not seen it. I did check the preservatives and it says they’re both from natural sources (one is from a “fruit source” and one is from the Ash tree). But I will have a look for one that doesn’t have preservatives.
@Matt – Oh, really? I thought estrogen production slowed significantly at menopause. But maybe it’s to do with the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, rather than the total amount of estrogen? I also heard that the reason men have less than women is because they have stronger connective tissue (i.e. with less “gaps” for fat to poke through, which is supposedly what creates the dimpled look). But that’s just a theory. The collagen inadequacy theory makes sense too – I have hyper-mobile joints and flat feet, which are symptomatic of a collagen issue. If the sugar overload works for rebalancing my hormones then I’ll be able to report back as to whether the cellulite is reduced as a result. If not, then I’ll give the gelatin thing a try!
@bigbird – Dr Len Kravitz? There must be a joke in there somewhere. I will check it out – thanks!
@The Real Amy – I always start with great intentions with the dry skin brushing, but then I get lazy after about a week. Maybe I’ll try again!
@karime22 – I definitely think that increasing gelatin intake certainly can’t hurt! Makes sense, if the collagen theory is correct.
@Dutchie – My main issues are chronic fatigue, endometriosis and exercise intolerance. Matt thinks that a massive increase in sugar intake should increase energy levels and reduce overall inflammation (as well as aid in exercise recovery).
Today (in terms of sugar) I had:
– 2 sugars in my coffee
– 2 glasses of apple juice
– 2 bananas (fried) with 2 spoons of sugar
– Some chocolate
– Licorice Allsorts
= 204g sugar. Which is probably about 150g more than usual, haha!
So I only made it halfway to my target. But tomorrow is a new day!
@mighty m – I have read that article before, but I’m not sure I agree! Body fat and cellulite don’t appear to have an obvious correlation. There are lots of thin women with cellulite, and lots of larger women with little to none. I honestly cannot remember a time when I didn’t have cellulite (even when I was 14!). Perhaps there’s a little dysmorphia going on, but I’m not sure… I truly seem to have more cellulite than the average woman. Most of my friends are at least 10 years older than me (I married an older man!), and they all seem to have less than I do. I’m not too worried about it from an appearance perspective, but if it’s an indicator of an underlying issue then I’d love to know what that is. I do agree that the airbrushing media has a lot to answer for, though. It makes me laugh when they have articles on cellulite, for which perfectly dimple-free models pose in their underwear!
When I was trying to eliminate my 3am wakings I tried eating a spoonful of Marmite before bed. Worked a treat. Not the cheapest habit, though…
Well, it’s already 8:20pm here and I’ve only managed about 150g so far. And that has been a struggle! I think I might have to work my way up to 400g…