I Need Your Questions for Matt Stone!

I’m getting Matt Stone on the hook for a question and answer session here on Our Nourishing Roots.  I have been reading his blog for several months now, and implementing his metabolism-boosting guidelines from Diet Recovery to fairly good success.

I thought of a few questions for him, but then I thought: who better to ask than you guys?  Some of you have also purchased Diet Recovery, struck by it’s clarity and the ring of truth to it. If you’re like me, you have questions you wish you could ask Matt.  A clarification.  A tweak to your eating.  A check in on your progress.  That kind of thing.  Ask away!

Please leave your questions in the comments, and I will compile them into a future post.

Sample Questions I Thought Of:

  • What should I drink instead of water?  When is water “better” to drink (time of day, working out, etc.)?
  • What happens after the temperatures come up?  What’s the next sign of metabolic improvement?
  • What is a “set weight point”?
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  1. How long does it take to see results?

    Once you get your temps up, then what do you eat?

    How does this recommendation differ from the SAD, I feel like I fit the profile of having metabolic issues as your blog and book suggest. But, I wouldn’t consider myself a crash dieter. I haven’t been on the yo-yo diet ever? Will this work for me? I feel like I already eat a ton of carbs and *junk*. I am new to all the WAPF and whole foods genre and trying to get rid of processed foods that have dominated my diet for so long.

  2. How long does it take to see results?

    Once you get your temps up, then what do you eat?

    How does this recommendation differ from the SAD, I feel like I fit the profile of having metabolic issues as your blog and book suggest. But, I wouldn’t consider myself a crash dieter. I haven’t been on the yo-yo diet ever? Will this work for me? I feel like I already eat a ton of carbs and *junk*. I am new to all the WAPF and whole foods genre and trying to get rid of processed foods that have dominated my diet for so long.

  3. Hi Kendahl, looking forward to this upcoming post!

    My question for Matt is: what do I do if I’m having a hard time keeping my temps consistently high? I am able to push my temperature up temporarily after eating a big meal, but it drops again quickly. My temps aren’t super low (usually somewhere in the 97s, with occasional peaks and troughs), yet I feel painfully cold almost all the time, except directly after eating (sometimes even then). I’ve been RRARFing for about 2-3 months – I don’t overeat at every meal, but I eat quite a lot and make sure my meals are calorie-dense and high in carbs. I eat beyond appetite whenever I feel able. I hardly drink anything, except for sweet things like juice and Coke (made with real sugar here in South Africa!) when I’m really thirsty. I very occasionally “treat myself” to a Green Tea, but this is rare! I also take salt tablets for my stupidly low blood pressure (in addition to my extremely high-salt diet). I’m grateful for any guidance you can give me. Thank you!

  4. Hi Kendahl, looking forward to this upcoming post!

    My question for Matt is: what do I do if I’m having a hard time keeping my temps consistently high? I am able to push my temperature up temporarily after eating a big meal, but it drops again quickly. My temps aren’t super low (usually somewhere in the 97s, with occasional peaks and troughs), yet I feel painfully cold almost all the time, except directly after eating (sometimes even then). I’ve been RRARFing for about 2-3 months – I don’t overeat at every meal, but I eat quite a lot and make sure my meals are calorie-dense and high in carbs. I eat beyond appetite whenever I feel able. I hardly drink anything, except for sweet things like juice and Coke (made with real sugar here in South Africa!) when I’m really thirsty. I very occasionally “treat myself” to a Green Tea, but this is rare! I also take salt tablets for my stupidly low blood pressure (in addition to my extremely high-salt diet). I’m grateful for any guidance you can give me. Thank you!

  5. Lots of good questions! Can’t wait for the upcoming post. I also am curious about the whole water thing. Whenever I try to cut back on water I feel sooooo thirsty. I am also breastfeeding, so I don’t want to drink too little. Is coconut water a good substitute for water? Can you overdrink with other fluids or just water?

    What are some good recommendations for constipation? Is a low fiber diet advisable? I hear about low residue, but I don’t tolerate potatoes, corn or most starches (carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.). I feel like I run out of foods to eat.

    Do you have any suggestions for getting mineral levels back on track?

    That’s what I can think of off the top of my head. Maybe I’ll come back with more.

  6. Lots of good questions! Can’t wait for the upcoming post. I also am curious about the whole water thing. Whenever I try to cut back on water I feel sooooo thirsty. I am also breastfeeding, so I don’t want to drink too little. Is coconut water a good substitute for water? Can you overdrink with other fluids or just water?

    What are some good recommendations for constipation? Is a low fiber diet advisable? I hear about low residue, but I don’t tolerate potatoes, corn or most starches (carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.). I feel like I run out of foods to eat.

    Do you have any suggestions for getting mineral levels back on track?

    That’s what I can think of off the top of my head. Maybe I’ll come back with more.

  7. Will you ask Matt Stone his opinions about self-control? Does healthy living require self-control? Is changing our thinking patterns a part of Diet Recovery? I think we’ve all encountered the mindset that overweight people lack self-control, but I tend to think that we lack the right information. I’d even go so far as to say that self-control gets in our way. Anyways, I want to hear his take on it. Thanks for doing this Kendahl.

  8. Will you ask Matt Stone his opinions about self-control? Does healthy living require self-control? Is changing our thinking patterns a part of Diet Recovery? I think we’ve all encountered the mindset that overweight people lack self-control, but I tend to think that we lack the right information. I’d even go so far as to say that self-control gets in our way. Anyways, I want to hear his take on it. Thanks for doing this Kendahl.

  9. What are Matt’s thoughts on fiber menace? A lot of it makes sense…but yet it’s so contrary to what we hear all the time.

  10. What are Matt’s thoughts on fiber menace? A lot of it makes sense…but yet it’s so contrary to what we hear all the time.

  11. One more…what is the deal with cod liver oil? Is it good or bad? I seem to feel better when I take it (fermented clo/butter oil blend). But I remember him talking about PUFAs related to it. I’m confused.

  12. One more…what is the deal with cod liver oil? Is it good or bad? I seem to feel better when I take it (fermented clo/butter oil blend). But I remember him talking about PUFAs related to it. I’m confused.

  13. I’ve been doing RRARF since February and I don’t think my temperature has changed much if at all. But I did read Matt say that menopause makes it harder. I have gained 40lbs and gained no temp. What advice does he have for a brand new menopause grandma? (PS, not dieting is great)

  14. I’ve been doing RRARF since February and I don’t think my temperature has changed much if at all. But I did read Matt say that menopause makes it harder. I have gained 40lbs and gained no temp. What advice does he have for a brand new menopause grandma? (PS, not dieting is great)

  15. Would love to hear what he thinks about lectins in grains causing autoimmune diseases. Also what he thinks about The Paleo diet and people’s amazing results with weight loss on it.

  16. Would love to hear what he thinks about lectins in grains causing autoimmune diseases. Also what he thinks about The Paleo diet and people’s amazing results with weight loss on it.

  17. Karla B. says:

    All the questions are great, particularly the question about what benefits to look for when temps are up. RRARF worked perfectly for me and my temps are great (98.0 before ov, 98.5 after). But things are still sluggish. So should I wait it out, or keep tweaking.

    One mistake I may have made is disregarding known allergens like eggs and milk (Gluten problems are more obvious so I avoided that still). And as good as it felt to have a ‘normal’ breakfast that I enjoy, stuff was happening. Heavy duty breakouts (particularly around my scalp) and such. I notice now that coffee does that to me, in addition to tensing my shoulder muscles and jaw to the point of severe pain. I know now that my sinus’ and estrogen levels were being aggravated. So question is, what about know allergens, or particularly symptoms to watch out for during RRARF that are of concern. I did go from Size 4 (120 lbs at 5 foot) to Size 10 (145 lbs). Face looks full and normal, but belly is somewhat in the way. At 120 I still had a belly (I was low carbing for a long time).
    Thanks.

  18. Karla B. says:

    All the questions are great, particularly the question about what benefits to look for when temps are up. RRARF worked perfectly for me and my temps are great (98.0 before ov, 98.5 after). But things are still sluggish. So should I wait it out, or keep tweaking.

    One mistake I may have made is disregarding known allergens like eggs and milk (Gluten problems are more obvious so I avoided that still). And as good as it felt to have a ‘normal’ breakfast that I enjoy, stuff was happening. Heavy duty breakouts (particularly around my scalp) and such. I notice now that coffee does that to me, in addition to tensing my shoulder muscles and jaw to the point of severe pain. I know now that my sinus’ and estrogen levels were being aggravated. So question is, what about know allergens, or particularly symptoms to watch out for during RRARF that are of concern. I did go from Size 4 (120 lbs at 5 foot) to Size 10 (145 lbs). Face looks full and normal, but belly is somewhat in the way. At 120 I still had a belly (I was low carbing for a long time).
    Thanks.

  19. Karla B. says:

    Just recalled a major question. My temp keeps going down after meals, paricularly breakfast. I read many a places why that is, but want to know what to do about it!

    For a mom that has to deal with changing sleep schedules during school year, how does that affect metabolism?

  20. Karla B. says:

    Just recalled a major question. My temp keeps going down after meals, paricularly breakfast. I read many a places why that is, but want to know what to do about it!

    For a mom that has to deal with changing sleep schedules during school year, how does that affect metabolism?

  21. Hopefully I’m not too late in asking…

    My question is about brown rice vs. white rice. I know Matt himself recommends brown and to eat white sparingly because brown is more ‘whole’…but what of potential allergens in brown rice? What about the antinutrient composition? I only ask because I switched to brown rice over white (basmati rice, which my family has been eating all our lives) because I figured since it was whole, it would be better. After eating it for a while, it seems that some batches of it can contain allergens that I sometimes react to. Not all the time, though. But my temps drop when that happens and it kind of defeats the purpose.

    When I eat white rice though, my temps soar immediately. The one downside is that I do get a bit oilier on my face, but that doesn’t seem to aggravate my acne (as far as I know…hope that doesn’t change) and can easily be blotted off my face. I was thinking about switching back because the nutrient differences don’t seem to be that great either.

    One last question: Is it possible to get slightly worse after a period of your metabolism ‘waking up’? For example, you first start eating a lot of high quality food…your body starts working up to speed again and things are going good…but then things get slightly worse because your previous nutrient intake is no longer enough. Is that something that can happen? Could you go more in depth on that process?
    Our Nourishing Roots is pretty cool, thanks for giving the opportunity to ask Matt questions

  22. Hopefully I’m not too late in asking…

    My question is about brown rice vs. white rice. I know Matt himself recommends brown and to eat white sparingly because brown is more ‘whole’…but what of potential allergens in brown rice? What about the antinutrient composition? I only ask because I switched to brown rice over white (basmati rice, which my family has been eating all our lives) because I figured since it was whole, it would be better. After eating it for a while, it seems that some batches of it can contain allergens that I sometimes react to. Not all the time, though. But my temps drop when that happens and it kind of defeats the purpose.

    When I eat white rice though, my temps soar immediately. The one downside is that I do get a bit oilier on my face, but that doesn’t seem to aggravate my acne (as far as I know…hope that doesn’t change) and can easily be blotted off my face. I was thinking about switching back because the nutrient differences don’t seem to be that great either.

    One last question: Is it possible to get slightly worse after a period of your metabolism ‘waking up’? For example, you first start eating a lot of high quality food…your body starts working up to speed again and things are going good…but then things get slightly worse because your previous nutrient intake is no longer enough. Is that something that can happen? Could you go more in depth on that process?
    Our Nourishing Roots is pretty cool, thanks for giving the opportunity to ask Matt questions

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