Healing at a Deeper Level
Attaining Greater Health via a Healthier MetabolismFeb 27th, 2014 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: Coach Nancy - The Way I See It..., Living the Fit Life, Nutrition & Weight Loss
This might be a long post.
I’ve been on a health journey over the last few months. Those of you who know me know I’ve been committed to a healthy lifestyle for years. It’s helped me to lose weight, put on muscle and avoid illness. All good – right?
So back in October when I was reading through a blog I really like (Cheeseslave.com), the author writes about a book she read that had her eat more food – a lot more – in an effort to improve her overall hormonal health. I ended up getting Matt Stone’s book Diet Recovery 2 (which I very much do NOT recommend but would recommend his book Eat For Heat instead). I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t make Matt Stone a friend if I ever met him – personality issues – but I will thank him heartily for putting me on a new path.
My biggest problem with Diet Recovery 2 is an appalling lack of successful case histories – save one which wasn’t that impressive. (I take that back – my biggest problem is his writing and some extremely unprofessional comments about his one case history subject who happens to be topless. Mr. Stone is apparently unable or just unwilling to black out what is I believe unnecessary to the subject’s progress and then unable to treat the subjects nakedness in a clinical manner.) I also cannot fathom how recommending eating junk food is good for anyone. But I’ll get more into that later.
[There was a lot of discussion also about how being a sugar burner was optimal and being a fat burner harmful to your health. This is a HUGE topic and I want to cover that in depth and will do so in a following post as this one is already getting long.]
But what Matt did do that was extremely helpful was to focus me on my metabolism – the right way. You see if you had asked me I would have told you that my metabolism was fine. I eat clean, nutritious food and about 1400 calories a day and maintained my weight and had decent energy levels. But I also had cold hands and feet and got up every night once (sometimes twice) to pee. I thought that was just a part of aging. At Matt’s direction, I bought a thermometer and started taking my temp. I was horrified. When taking your temp via your armpit, you should see temps of at least 97.8 and better yet, more like 98.2. What I got was 96.1. Good grief!!
So I took one of his suggestions to limit the amount of liquid in my diet as one thing that could be keeping my metabolism slow. I had been drinking at least 2 quarts of water a day and after reading what Matt had to say, limited that to about 16 oz.s a day. I started eating more salt (literally taking salt licks throughout the day) and in 2 days not only started to see a slight warming in my hands but started sleeping through the night without any pee breaks. AMAZING!
But that was just the start. What I really learned once I started this journey is that you need a healthy hormonal system if you want to have a healthy metabolism. A healthy endocrine system is imperative to having long term good health. I found out I had a severely compromised thyroid and other issues which I am in the process of fixing.
What has this meant for me? Well I get to eat more – a lot more! I’m eating around 2200 calories a day. I did give up my beloved peanut butter but have added in more carbs than I ever thought I’d eat. I’m eating a lot of fruit but the carb increase even includes bread and potatoes and white rice. However, until I get my thyroid back to robust health, I’m going to struggle with weight. Yes, I added 10lbs but I’ve topped off now and I’m hopeful that I’ll see that weight drop off soon. My morning core temp is up from an average of 96.1 (seems like near death to me now) to 97.3. I still have to heat up more but I’m pleased with what I’ve seen so far. I sleep without pee breaks and I have more energy.
So why all the carbs? In my next segment I’m going to address this and why I am now convinced that being a sugar burner is the road to a long, healthy life and talk a lot about the man who’s had the biggest impact on what I’m eating and why – Dr. Raymond Peat.