Linky Links: July 2012

I imagine the earth around me drinking up the water when these clouds blow into the Phoenix valley.  I try to listen as we all quiet down and soak in the needed moisture.  I walk outside, barefoot, and let the wind sing in my ears.  It’s good to be alive.

This month I have been thinking a lot about stress, sleep, and how it all relates to bodies that hold on to excess weight.  Did you know that stress can make you fat, and sleep can make you skinny?  It’s not that simple of course, but the basic premises are pretty compelling.

I blame Diet Recovery for making me so curious.  You see, ever since I started following it’s advice, I have been enjoying hotter waking temps, a healthier libido, more energy, and having the audacity to be happy when I wake up in the morning.  Sounds pretty awful, huh?  I assure you that I am not exaggerating, and that I feel so much better since any other time after having my first child.

The month of July has been hot hot HOT!  Most days we end up in our pool, inviting friends to our pool, visiting a friend’s pool, or meeting friends at a local pool.  There’s a theme here.

Actually, we have had our fair share of monsoons, haboobs, and rain, but not nearly enough for me.  I love a good storm.  There’s nothing better than sitting on my back porch and watching the clouds roll in.  Sipping a glass of wine, marveling at the lightning, feeling the thunder reverberate in your chest.  Plus, the hottest weather of the year is tempered by these magnificent storms, so it makes it that much easier to appreciate the summers here in the desert.

This month I have done some interesting reading:

  • First of all, I wrote all about my son’s golden birthday, and how I figured out how to make him a soaked yellow butter cake.  It’s truly the best real food cake I have made to date.
  • I read about how you can use excess raw milk to promote healthy soil around the tress on your property.  This had never occurred to me as a possible way to live whole-mindedly.  We drink so much milk around here, I would probably need to own a milk cow to get enough extra milk to “water” my trees, but hey! this is is still great to know!
  • Do you think tallow is “naughty”?  Not me!  I love this idea to use tallow as a beauty regimen.  Wrinkles, be gone!  I need to try that and do before and after photos or something…
  • I’m always looking for ways to sneak liver into our diets, since organ meats are so nutrient-dense and are hard to find in our standard American diet (SAD).  These meatballs on the go look perfect for the job, and are made in a large quantity to boot.  Perfect for us busy moms.
  • Even though I have to endure wails of “No!  Not onions!!” whenever my son M is in the kitchen, I’m still determined to make this gorgeous looking onion gratin.  Mmm, aromatics.
  • I recently read that there was a recall on some hand sanitizer because, get this, it was growing bacteria.  What?!  Fortunately, Heather has this handy collection of non-toxic hand sanitizer recipes.
  • I recently got my hands on all the ingredients for homemade root beer.  My favorite beverage, probably.
  • I have been using magnesium spray for a few months now, and I find that it helps me stay healthy and balanced.  I was really glad to find this tutorial on how to make homemade magnesium oil!  Plus, the magnesium flakes used to make it are perfect for a bath soak.
  • I also love this article on how to grow plants in your garden that naturally repel mosquitoes.  Who knew you could grow your own mosquito repellant?  Nature is so amazing!

This post is a part of Weekend Gourmet, Fight Back Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, Monday Mania, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Allergy Free Wednesday.

PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.
Print Friendly

NEWSLETTER

Get Notified Of New Posts

Add your email address here to receive email updates each time I publish a new post or recipe. This makes life a lot easier when you don’t have time to look me up. I’ll deliver my latest to your inbox, so you won’t miss a thing!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Comments

  1. Good links! I’m hoping to make some mag spray too. I REALLY need some help with mag. I’m so low I can tell. I can seriously tell a difference in my mood when I get mag and when I don’t. It’s actually quite extreme how impatient I am with my kids or how loving and happy I am. Mag. is so important.

  2. Good links! I’m hoping to make some mag spray too. I REALLY need some help with mag. I’m so low I can tell. I can seriously tell a difference in my mood when I get mag and when I don’t. It’s actually quite extreme how impatient I am with my kids or how loving and happy I am. Mag. is so important.

  3. Hi Kendahl, Thanks for highlighting my Magnesium oil! I love this stuff and hope your readers will too :)

    http://www.mygutsy.com/2012/07/23/homemade-magnesium-oil-and-giveaway/

  4. Hi Kendahl, Thanks for highlighting my Magnesium oil! I love this stuff and hope your readers will too :)

    http://www.mygutsy.com/2012/07/23/homemade-magnesium-oil-and-giveaway/

  5. Hi Kendahl,
    Thanks for all of the great links. I have been following you and your Diet Recovery posts for a bit now, and am always interested in what you have to say. I wanted, however, to share my experiences with Matt Stone’s Diet Recovery which have been a little different than yours.

    Unfortunately, my results haven’t been as good. I started following him when he was in his junk food kick and to be honest, as an overeater my whole life, it gave me permission to binge. I know, I have to take responsibility for my own weight/food issues, but I think others who have the same issues as I do have to be careful. I think the concept of rebuilding one’s metabolism is right on! I like his research, etc. But, I think people still have to be weary. I have gained a ton of weight to where I feel horrible. I was already heavy. My temps have gone up a certain extent and I think my libido has gotten better to a certain extent, but I don’t see the results that others, like you and Ann Marie have seen. I definitely don’t sleep better, for instance.

    It has also opened up my issues with food. Maybe I just need to deal with those, but I don’t wake up happier.

    When I started with Matt, I had been low carbing it. I didn’t have some of the horrible issues others had, but I was gaining weight which I think had to do with stress. Adding carbs had been great to some extent because I really missed bread. BUT, my instincts were telling me just to follow a real foods diet, but still watch the sugar. I think I needed to have stuck with those instincts and not gone full blown into a Diet Recovery Diet.

    Anyway, I just wanted to share my experiences. I know Matt has helped lots of people, but I think people should be careful and start out slowly and be a little cautious. And I really hope Matt does more about food addiction and stigmas with being fat.

    Now I know I have to find my own balance which I know is what Matt is also about…finding what works for us. I just wish in the process I hadn’t gained back most of the weight I have lost. It really makes me feel like a failure, which I know isn’t what he wants at all.

    • That’s tough. How long did you RRARF? And how long have you been doing the Diet Recovery thing? I think bodies are so individual that there is just something in there that needs to be tweaked. It hasn’t been easy for me to get to where I feel like this, and I haven’t felt good until the last few weeks. I’m uncomfortable in the excess fat that I have from RRARFing, but I can see how I’m on the right trajectory. I can’t say for certain what might make the difference for you, but I have noticed with my own journey through metabolism recovery, it has been the small tweaks that have made the most difference.

      That being said, I think you’re completely right. And even Matt would agree: listen to your body. Matt’s not the expert. You are. You know your body better than anyone.

      If you’re interested, look into making an appointment with Matt to have a consult. He’s really good at troubleshooting, and I have talked to him a few times over the last few months to get my tweaks just right. Aaand, I’ll probably be talking to him again soon, too! He does a variable rate now, so you can choose what you’d like to pay. Matt’s a genuine guy, and wants to help. Take advantage!

      For example, one of my tweaks: all my eating stayed the same, but when I started going to bed earlier than I thought I needed to, my energy and libido jumped up a notch. I’ve also experimented with moving my meat/protein to dinnertime instead of Big Lunch some days. Just these small tweaks can make a big difference. Matt can give you some feedback and make some suggestions that might work. It’s not black and white. It’s more like a puzzle.

    • Oh, and one more thing. Gaining all your weight back after low-carbing is totally what is supposed to happen. Really. You’re not a failure, you’re just experiencing what should happen. It’s good to gain that weight back, because you get some lean tissue and bone density out of the deal. Plus, now you’re up to your set weight point, and when the pounds come off eventually then they’ll be off for real, instead of pushed off by low carbing or some other restriction that just stops working after a while. As they say: “Hurry and gain the weight so you can lose it!”

      • Thank you so much for your reply. It’s nice to hear that it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses for you too! I started introducing more carbs back in Feb maybe. I can’t remember. Probably what i should have done is been real regimented about it, but to be honest, I was so regimented on the low carb–tracking my food, etc–that I couldn’t do that anymore. It’s really my food addictions that get me–eating the whole carton of ice cream even though I’m not hungry anymore and doing that multiple nights in a row, etc.

        Sleeping is a big thing. I do need to go to bed earlier and I am working on that. Actually, I just cut off my cable today so there will be no more regular tv in the house except for a few shows that I can watch online and movies. I’m thinking that reading will help me go to bed earlier.

        I’ve thought about calling Matt, but I’ve spent so much money on “experts” that I’m tried of it. I mean, I spent tons of money on my chiropractor and I’m back at square 1!!

        I don’t think I can gain all of that weight back. If I do, I might have to go to some serious therapy!!!

        As I’m writing this, I feel like someone could say that I’m full of excuses! But, the weight thing has just been so hard to deal with during the years. And it’s not a “Oh I weighed 145 and now I’m up to 165 thing.” It’s a “Oh I weighed 220, was down to just under 170 and now am up but am too afraid to step on a scale thingy.” 220 is a lot! I have a hard time breathing at that weight. It scares me, so it might seem easy to say “gain the weight,” but when you feel unhealthy, it’s scary and does make me want to do low carb again.

  6. Hi Kendahl,
    Thanks for all of the great links. I have been following you and your Diet Recovery posts for a bit now, and am always interested in what you have to say. I wanted, however, to share my experiences with Matt Stone’s Diet Recovery which have been a little different than yours.

    Unfortunately, my results haven’t been as good. I started following him when he was in his junk food kick and to be honest, as an overeater my whole life, it gave me permission to binge. I know, I have to take responsibility for my own weight/food issues, but I think others who have the same issues as I do have to be careful. I think the concept of rebuilding one’s metabolism is right on! I like his research, etc. But, I think people still have to be weary. I have gained a ton of weight to where I feel horrible. I was already heavy. My temps have gone up a certain extent and I think my libido has gotten better to a certain extent, but I don’t see the results that others, like you and Ann Marie have seen. I definitely don’t sleep better, for instance.

    It has also opened up my issues with food. Maybe I just need to deal with those, but I don’t wake up happier.

    When I started with Matt, I had been low carbing it. I didn’t have some of the horrible issues others had, but I was gaining weight which I think had to do with stress. Adding carbs had been great to some extent because I really missed bread. BUT, my instincts were telling me just to follow a real foods diet, but still watch the sugar. I think I needed to have stuck with those instincts and not gone full blown into a Diet Recovery Diet.

    Anyway, I just wanted to share my experiences. I know Matt has helped lots of people, but I think people should be careful and start out slowly and be a little cautious. And I really hope Matt does more about food addiction and stigmas with being fat.

    Now I know I have to find my own balance which I know is what Matt is also about…finding what works for us. I just wish in the process I hadn’t gained back most of the weight I have lost. It really makes me feel like a failure, which I know isn’t what he wants at all.

    • That’s tough. How long did you RRARF? And how long have you been doing the Diet Recovery thing? I think bodies are so individual that there is just something in there that needs to be tweaked. It hasn’t been easy for me to get to where I feel like this, and I haven’t felt good until the last few weeks. I’m uncomfortable in the excess fat that I have from RRARFing, but I can see how I’m on the right trajectory. I can’t say for certain what might make the difference for you, but I have noticed with my own journey through metabolism recovery, it has been the small tweaks that have made the most difference.

      That being said, I think you’re completely right. And even Matt would agree: listen to your body. Matt’s not the expert. You are. You know your body better than anyone.

      If you’re interested, look into making an appointment with Matt to have a consult. He’s really good at troubleshooting, and I have talked to him a few times over the last few months to get my tweaks just right. Aaand, I’ll probably be talking to him again soon, too! He does a variable rate now, so you can choose what you’d like to pay. Matt’s a genuine guy, and wants to help. Take advantage!

      For example, one of my tweaks: all my eating stayed the same, but when I started going to bed earlier than I thought I needed to, my energy and libido jumped up a notch. I’ve also experimented with moving my meat/protein to dinnertime instead of Big Lunch some days. Just these small tweaks can make a big difference. Matt can give you some feedback and make some suggestions that might work. It’s not black and white. It’s more like a puzzle.

    • Oh, and one more thing. Gaining all your weight back after low-carbing is totally what is supposed to happen. Really. You’re not a failure, you’re just experiencing what should happen. It’s good to gain that weight back, because you get some lean tissue and bone density out of the deal. Plus, now you’re up to your set weight point, and when the pounds come off eventually then they’ll be off for real, instead of pushed off by low carbing or some other restriction that just stops working after a while. As they say: “Hurry and gain the weight so you can lose it!”

      • Thank you so much for your reply. It’s nice to hear that it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses for you too! I started introducing more carbs back in Feb maybe. I can’t remember. Probably what i should have done is been real regimented about it, but to be honest, I was so regimented on the low carb–tracking my food, etc–that I couldn’t do that anymore. It’s really my food addictions that get me–eating the whole carton of ice cream even though I’m not hungry anymore and doing that multiple nights in a row, etc.

        Sleeping is a big thing. I do need to go to bed earlier and I am working on that. Actually, I just cut off my cable today so there will be no more regular tv in the house except for a few shows that I can watch online and movies. I’m thinking that reading will help me go to bed earlier.

        I’ve thought about calling Matt, but I’ve spent so much money on “experts” that I’m tried of it. I mean, I spent tons of money on my chiropractor and I’m back at square 1!!

        I don’t think I can gain all of that weight back. If I do, I might have to go to some serious therapy!!!

        As I’m writing this, I feel like someone could say that I’m full of excuses! But, the weight thing has just been so hard to deal with during the years. And it’s not a “Oh I weighed 145 and now I’m up to 165 thing.” It’s a “Oh I weighed 220, was down to just under 170 and now am up but am too afraid to step on a scale thingy.” 220 is a lot! I have a hard time breathing at that weight. It scares me, so it might seem easy to say “gain the weight,” but when you feel unhealthy, it’s scary and does make me want to do low carb again.

  7. My doctor recently diagnosed me with gut dysbiosis, and I’ve been on a WAPF traditional food plan since they were founded! Imagine my disbelief when I heard this bad news. My doctor attributes my condition to “internalized issues” that have manifested into extreme stress that has manifested into the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. I’m sharing this because a nutrient dense food plan alone may not protect our intestinal tracts/immune systems the way we think it will. Maybe an expert on stress or a counselor can provide more info in a future post about the effects of stress on our physical health.

    • This is a great idea. I have been talking to Matt Stone to see if he can do a guest post over here on stress. I’ll get it up ASAP! I love to hear about all these connections. Perhaps I’ll write a post soliciting questions for Matt and we could do a Q & A post…

    • Hi Peggy I just wanted to write and let you know I had the same issue and ended up in the hospital for a little under a week. The Doctors were unable to pin down the issues and thought celiac or ulceritive colitis. I eliminated all grains and did bone broths and was healed within 2mo per colonoscopy and endoscopy. My doc was shocked and surprised because I did the opposite of what they wanted. Grains cause a lot of the leaky gut issues really check into the lectin issue. A lot of people poo poo it but thousands and thousands of people with autoimmune issues etc have recovered after just doing that one thing. Check Robb Wolfs book out Paleo solution he has the science behind it!

      • Leslie, I’m not sure why you seem to think that paleo is the answer here. Anything is possible, but paleo generally does not work for long. Usually only 6-9 months. And like I said, lectins and auto-immune diseases are not the roots of health problems. Understanding how the body works, such as how to stimulate your metabolism, is how to get to the root. Fixing your metabolism can fix any problems with lectins you might have. http://www.ournourishingroots.com/diet-recovery

  8. My doctor recently diagnosed me with gut dysbiosis, and I’ve been on a WAPF traditional food plan since they were founded! Imagine my disbelief when I heard this bad news. My doctor attributes my condition to “internalized issues” that have manifested into extreme stress that has manifested into the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. I’m sharing this because a nutrient dense food plan alone may not protect our intestinal tracts/immune systems the way we think it will. Maybe an expert on stress or a counselor can provide more info in a future post about the effects of stress on our physical health.

    • This is a great idea. I have been talking to Matt Stone to see if he can do a guest post over here on stress. I’ll get it up ASAP! I love to hear about all these connections. Perhaps I’ll write a post soliciting questions for Matt and we could do a Q & A post…

    • Hi Peggy I just wanted to write and let you know I had the same issue and ended up in the hospital for a little under a week. The Doctors were unable to pin down the issues and thought celiac or ulceritive colitis. I eliminated all grains and did bone broths and was healed within 2mo per colonoscopy and endoscopy. My doc was shocked and surprised because I did the opposite of what they wanted. Grains cause a lot of the leaky gut issues really check into the lectin issue. A lot of people poo poo it but thousands and thousands of people with autoimmune issues etc have recovered after just doing that one thing. Check Robb Wolfs book out Paleo solution he has the science behind it!

      • Leslie, I’m not sure why you seem to think that paleo is the answer here. Anything is possible, but paleo generally does not work for long. Usually only 6-9 months. And like I said, lectins and auto-immune diseases are not the roots of health problems. Understanding how the body works, such as how to stimulate your metabolism, is how to get to the root. Fixing your metabolism can fix any problems with lectins you might have. http://www.ournourishingroots.com/diet-recovery

Speak Your Mind

*