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I have been through a lot in the past year.

I stopped restricting my diet.  I gained more than 50 pounds because of it.  I saw my temperature soar as my energy came roaring back to life.  (That’s just how it goes when you start eating the food.)

And then I saw myself lose it all when I had a breakdown and crisis that pushed me back into treatment for my PTSD related to the abuse and trauma I hadn’t resolved from my childhood.  My temperature dropped again, my energy disappeared, I couldn’t sleep, I shut myself off from people, and I gained more weight.

But then, I saw a glimmer.  I saw myself climb out of the hole.  I was tenderly rebuilt by friends, family, and my truly amazing therapist.  I asked for support from the people who loved me, and they stood with me.   [Read more…]

Anti-Diet Challenge Commencement!

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We did it!  We successfully got through the month of January without restricting calories, joining a gym, hating our bodies, or getting sucked into a weight loss challenge.  Not to mention the fact that many of us saw an increase in body temperature, energy, and warm hands and feet.  That is metabolic improvement, baby!

I feel like we should have a ceremony or something.  Move the tassel on your hat to the other side.  And stand up and cheer! [Read more…]

Linky Links: January 2013

anti diet challengeThis January, for the first time ever, I was not even a little bit duped by the idea that I needed to be “getting healthy” for the new year. In fact, I was so clear on the fact that nothing was wrong with me, that I launched the Anti-Diet Challenge, which commences on February 4th.

We eat carbs. On purpose. For energy. Because carbohydrates are fuel for the body and a macronutrient besides.  We have been down the road of restrictive eating and over training.  We want to feel powerful and fit!

We powerlift, run up the sides of mountains, play Ultimate Frisbee, wear weird shoes, hike with our kids, go to the gym for the sheer joy of moving our bodies, and even dance for fun!

Getting healthy usually means lowering caloric intake, restricting fats, carbs, or whatever the latest trend is.  It means eating kale, hating the body you have, and opting into the futility of dieting.  I humbly suggest that this is not real health. [Read more…]

10 Reasons Not to Work Out

nopeBelieve it or not, sometimes it is a really, really bad idea to work out.  First I said that carbs were not evil, and now this.  I know.  I am just breaking all the health rules, huh?  I will say this though: I’m doing it for my health.

It’s a controversial idea these days to eat carbs and skip the workout.  I mean, practically everyone will tell you that they are allergic to wheat as they eat low carb meals with nary a starch in sight.  And everyone knows that working out is good for you, right?

Well, maybe not. [Read more…]

Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 11: Carbs Are Not Evil

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It’s day 11 of the Anti-Diet Challenge 2013!  Click here to see why I am hosting the Anti-Diet Challenge.

Today I was reminded yet again of the inexplicable freak out that comes after someone says that carbs are not, in fact, evil.   Eating carbs, starches, sugar, and salt will often raise body temperature and help metabolism.  You can read all about the mechanisms that make it so in the ebook Eat for Heat.

Or you can just take your temperature every morning as you continue the Anti-Diet Challenge and see how your body responds.  I have had readers report temperatures as high as nearly 99 degrees! [Read more…]

Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 8

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It’s day 8 of the Anti-Diet Challenge!  Click here to see why I am hosting the Anti-Diet Challenge.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that in the wintertime we tend to crave warming foods like potatoes, starches, and best of all: casseroles.  It’s been quite cold here, and baking a lasagna seems like the perfect dish to make on a cold afternoon.  With it’s crackly cheesy crust on top and warming layers of pasta and tomato sauce and vegetables, it seems to warm me every time from the inside and out.  And it’s not just because the food is warm.

The carbohydrates in the dish are what make your body respond in an anti-stress mode.  The parasympathetic nervous system seems to respond quite nicely to foods like lasagna, despite the popular notion these days that gluten, grains, starches and carbs are inflammatory.  If the inflammatory response was happening, then it would be from the parasympathetic nervous system, which makes your body go into fight-or-flight mode: cold hands and feet, lowered body temperature, stress responses.

If you feel a flush of warmth after you eat something like sugar, cake, lasagna, oatmeal, then that is a very good thing!

Start experimenting.  See if you can make the flush of warmth happen.  I was able to manage it once when I wasn’t very thirsty and ate a really big bowl of macaroni and cheese.  About 15 minutes after the bowl was eaten, I felt a warmth come over my whole body, even my ears!

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You can read the full version of the Anti-Diet Challenge guidelines here.  Here is the condensed version so you can join in!:

  • Eat foods that sound good.  Be intuitive.
  • Don’t drink anything unless you are thirsty.
  • Follow the meal outline below.  See how you feel.
    • Starchy breakfast without much liquid
    • Big Lunch with protein and dessert.  Fruit is best at this time.
    • Small vegetarian dinner with more liquid.  Veggies are best at this time.
  • Break the meal outline rules above.  See if tweaking it helps you feel better or worse.  Trust your results.
  • Embrace sugar and salt.
  • Work out if you feel antsy.  Take a nap if you are tired.
  • Take your temperature.
  • Sleep enough.

Just pick a bullet point and do it!  Nuff said.

I also recommend reading Diet Recovery and Eat for Heat.  Share your favorite quote or “a-ha!” moment from the book in comments or on the daily thread on Facebook and Google+ for you to chat, ask questions, and so on.

Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 4: Cheesy Rice, Head Colds, and Kindness

antidietday4It’s day 3 of the Anti-Diet Challenge!  Click here to see why I am hosting the Anti-Diet Challenge.

Here’s how my day is going:  My husband had a 5-day head cold a while ago, and my kids seemed to come down with it on our last day in Utah last Friday.  Well, now I am the one with the head cold and everyone else has recovered.  No fair!

It’s not even that bad, just annoying to be blowing my nose and waking up at night to sneeze and cough.  But fear not!  I am employing my 18 ways to kick a cold, and then some.  I am finally feeling better this morning.  Take that, germs!

As for Anti-Diet Challenge, I find that it really helps to understand the mechanisms of metabolism, especially when I get sick.  When your feet get cold, or you feel stressed out, or you are extra tired and need a nap, there’s nothing wrong with you.  You didn’t do anything wrong.  It doesn’t mean that eating for heat doesn’t work because my feet got cold two days ago, or because I caught this head cold.  Health is not about perfection.

All that your body is saying in those moments is “Hey, perhaps an adjustment is in order!”  When my feet got cold I though “Well, the potatoes weren’t enough.  I had better eat some salty snack to get my toes warmed up.”  So I did, and they got warm.

With this head cold, I simply need to be aware that I am going to need to possibly overeat starches on the days when I get less-than-ideal sleep to give my metabolism a boost.  I also want to pay attention to my temperature, trying to aid it as much as possible: starches, salts, sugars, grains, ice cream, lifting weights, taking naps, going to bed early.

Having a stressful time at work?  Take that into consideration and have something particularly warming that day.

Know you’re going to be missing some sleep on a particular day?  Plan on when you’ll get the sleep back, and supplement your metabolism with warming foods, destressing activities, and whatever else keeps your body from going into sympathetic nervous system panic.

In short: be kind to yourself.  Keep going.  Feed your body.  Listen to your body.  Hear the craving for certain foods, activities, and sleep.  Realign yourself with, well, yourself.  There’s no need to fight our bodi

You can read the full version of the Anti-Diet Challenge guidelines here.  Here is the condensed version so you can join in!:

  • Eat foods that sound good.  Be intuitive.
  • Don’t drink anything unless you are thirsty.
  • Follow the meal outline below.  See how you feel.
    • Starchy breakfast without much liquid
    • Big Lunch with protein and dessert.  Fruit is best at this time.
    • Small vegetarian dinner with more liquid.  Veggies are best at this time.
  • Break the meal outline rules above.  See if tweaking it helps you feel better or worse.  Trust your results.
  • Embrace sugar and salt.
  • Work out if you feel antsy.  Take a nap if you are tired.
  • Take your temperature.
  • Sleep enough.

Just pick a bullet point and do it!  Nuff said.

I also recommend reading Diet Recovery and Eat for Heat.  Share your favorite quote or “a-ha!” moment from the book in comments or on the daily thread on Facebook and Google+ for you to chat, ask questions, and so on.

Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 3

antidietday3It’s day 3 of the Anti-Diet Challenge!  Click here to see why I am hosting the Anti-Diet Challenge.

Here’s how the week has been going for me so far:

Day 1 was French toast and bananas, gnocchi and cookies, soup and sourdough.  I had cold feet around 10 am but my temp stayed constant over 98 degrees.  Could be just that my house is cold!  I also danced with my 7-year-old for almost an hour, and we had so much fun!

Day 2 was more gnocchi! for breakfast, pita pockets and lemonade, garlic bread.  Because I had the gnocchi I didn’t have any cold feet issues that day.  W00t!

Day 3 so far has been a big plate of potatoes topped with homemade lacto-fermented ketchup.  I’ve been burning hot!  In the last 30 minutes I have had a big coldness creep over my extremities, probably because I have a headcold and didn’t sleep well last night.  This tells me I should try and nap today with E.  I predict my toes will be toasty after that.

You can read the full version of the Anti-Diet Challenge guidelines here.  Here is the condensed version so you can join in!:

  • Eat foods that sound good.  Be intuitive.
  • Don’t drink anything unless you are thirsty.
  • Follow the meal outline below.  See how you feel.
    • Starchy breakfast without much liquid
    • Big Lunch with protein and dessert.  Fruit is best at this time.
    • Small vegetarian dinner with more liquid.  Veggies are best at this time.
  • Break the meal outline rules above.  See if tweaking it helps you feel better or worse.  Trust your results.
  • Embrace sugar and salt.
  • Work out if you feel antsy.  Take a nap if you are tired.
  • Take your temperature.
  • Sleep enough.

Just pick a bullet point and do it!  Nuff said.

I also recommend reading Diet Recovery and Eat for Heat.  Share your favorite quote or “a-ha!” moment from the book in comments or on the daily thread on Facebook and Google+ for you to chat, ask questions, and so on.

The Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 2

antidietday2It’s day 2 of the Anti-Diet Challenge!  You can read about why I am hosting the Anti-Diet Challenge here.  The “rules” are simple, ha!:

  • Eat foods that sound good.  Be intuitive.  Want ice cream for breakfast?  Try it.  See how you feel.  For me, it makes me feel awesome and warm!  And after a while, I lost interest in ice cream, because I didn’t think it was “bad” anymore.  Now I just eat it when I want to, and I don’t worry about it.  And when I do eat it, it’s usually earlier in the day, not at night.  Go figure.
  • Don’t drink anything unless you are thirsty.  For reals.  And in general, drink less in the morning and more at night.  You want to move from less water to more throughout the day.  This one may feel counterintuitive at first, especially if you always have a water bottle and you drink water “because it’s good for you”.  Let it go!
  • Follow the meal outline below.  See how you feel.
    1. Eat starches, sugars, and/or grains for breakfast, without much water content.  This can be foods like pancakes, hash browns & eggs, waffles with berry syrup, leftover birthday cake, maple oatmeal with coconut sprinkles, or anything from my sweet and savory breakfast lists on my recipe page.
    2. Eat a large lunch that includes meat and/or protein and dessert (like cookies, not fruit), and that is eaten before 2pm.  You can make this meal with more water/liquid in it, such as adding veggies or fruits or drinking more liquids.
    3. Eat a vegetarian dinner that includes something more “watery” like veggies, soup, or both!
  • Break the meal outline rules above.  See if tweaking it helps you feel better or worse.  Trust your results.  Try eating protein for breakfast.  Try eating sugar a little later.  Eat a big breakfast instead of a big lunch.  Do what feels right.
  • Embrace sugar and salt.  Your body is made up of water, salt, and sugar.  Throwing that balance out of whack with drinking plain water is not helpful!  For example, I have found that what works for me as an after-workout drink is this: half water, half juice, generous pinch or two of salt.  Viola!  Nice and quenched, and no cold hand and feet after an hour.
  • Work out if you feel antsy.  Take a nap if you are tired.  Can’t wait to run up the side of a mountain?  Get out and go hiking!  Feel exhausted?  Take a nap for Pete’s sake!  Let’s say it together this time: listen to your body!
  • Take your temperature.  Notice what your waking temperature is.  You also may be curious if you temperature goes up after eating a big, warming meal, or if your temperature goes up or down after you get home from lifting weights at the gym.  For me, I noticed that I was getting cold after the gym and I started skipping the gym every other day to take naps instead.  After I wasn’t so tired and I was caught up on my sleep and felt like I had more energy, I would go to the gym and I would feel hotter afterwards.  As in, my temperature would sometimes reach 100 degrees!
  • Sleep enough.  Again, be intuitive.  At this point, I can tell when I am tired by whether or not my feet get cold.  You may be surprised by when your body is saying “go to bed!”  For me, this is around 8pm.  Sigh.

That’s it!  Choose one of these “rules”, or all of them, or some, or change them every day.  Although I do recommend sticking with one long enough to see if it is working for you.

TO JOIN IN THE ANTI-DIET CHALLENGE:

Just pick a bullet point and do it!  Nuff said.

Read Diet Recovery.  Share your favorite quote from the book on today’s post in the comments.

Read Eat for Heat.  Share your favorite quote or “a-ha!” moment from the book in comments.

I will post a daily thread on Facebook and Google+ for you to chat, post photos, ask questions, and so on.

Take a picture of your awesome breakfast and post it on my Facebook and Google+ thread for that day.  Or lunch.  Or dinner.  Or snack of salted ice cream.  (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!)  I will be posting daily pictures.  We will see what I come up with.

Test out your toasty body in cold weather like snow and ice.  It’s fun!  And give us a picture.  That’s even more fun!

The Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 1

antidietIt’s time to start the Anti-Diet Challenge, woohoo!  You can read about why I am hosting the Anti-Diet Challenge here.  The “rules” are simple, ha!:

  • Eat foods that sound good.  Be intuitive.  Want ice cream for breakfast?  Try it.  See how you feel.  For me, it makes me feel awesome and warm!  And after a while, I lost interest in ice cream, because I didn’t think it was “bad” anymore.  Now I just eat it when I want to, and I don’t worry about it.  And when I do eat it, it’s usually earlier in the day, not at night.  Go figure.
  • Don’t drink anything unless you are thirsty.  For reals.  And in general, drink less in the morning and more at night.  You want to move from less water to more throughout the day.  This one may feel counterintuitive at first, especially if you always have a water bottle and you drink water “because it’s good for you”.  Let it go!
  • Follow the meal outline below.  See how you feel.
    1. Eat starches, sugars, and/or grains for breakfast, without much water content.  This can be foods like pancakes, hash browns & eggs, waffles with berry syrup, leftover birthday cake, maple oatmeal with coconut sprinkles, or anything from my sweet and savory breakfast lists on my recipe page.
    2. Eat a large lunch that includes meat and/or protein and dessert (like cookies, not fruit), and that is eaten before 2pm.  You can make this meal with more water/liquid in it, such as adding veggies or fruits or drinking more liquids.
    3. Eat a vegetarian dinner that includes something more “watery” like veggies, soup, or both!
  • Break the meal outline rules above.  See if tweaking it helps you feel better or worse.  Trust your results.  Try eating protein for breakfast.  Try eating sugar a little later.  Eat a big breakfast instead of a big lunch.  Do what feels right.
  • Embrace sugar and salt.  Your body is made up of water, salt, and sugar.  Throwing that balance out of whack with drinking plain water is not helpful!  For example, I have found that what works for me as an after-workout drink is this: half water, half juice, generous pinch or two of salt.  Viola!  Nice and quenched, and no cold hand and feet after an hour.
  • Work out if you feel antsy.  Take a nap if you are tired.  Can’t wait to run up the side of a mountain?  Get out and go hiking!  Feel exhausted?  Take a nap for Pete’s sake!  Let’s say it together this time: listen to your body!
  • Take your temperature.  Notice what your waking temperature is.  You also may be curious if you temperature goes up after eating a big, warming meal, or if your temperature goes up or down after you get home from lifting weights at the gym.  For me, I noticed that I was getting cold after the gym and I started skipping the gym every other day to take naps instead.  After I wasn’t so tired and I was caught up on my sleep and felt like I had more energy, I would go to the gym and I would feel hotter afterwards.  As in, my temperature would sometimes reach 100 degrees!
  • Sleep enough.  Again, be intuitive.  At this point, I can tell when I am tired by whether or not my feet get cold.  You may be surprised by when your body is saying “go to bed!”  For me, this is around 8pm.  Sigh.

That’s it!  Choose one of these “rules”, or all of them, or some, or change them every day.  Although I do recommend sticking with one long enough to see if it is working for you.

TO JOIN IN THE ANTI-DIET CHALLENGE:

Just pick a bullet point and do it!  Nuff said.

Read Diet Recovery.  Share your favorite quote from the book on today’s post in the comments.

Read Eat for Heat.  Share your favorite quote or “a-ha!” moment from the book in comments.

I will post a daily thread on Facebook and Google+ for you to chat, post photos, ask questions, and so on.

Take a picture of your awesome breakfast and post it on my Facebook and Google+ thread for that day.  Or lunch.  Or dinner.  Or snack of salted ice cream.  (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!)  I will be posting daily pictures.  We will see what I come up with.

Test out your toasty body in cold weather like snow and ice.  It’s fun!  And give us a picture.  That’s even more fun!

Side note: I just tested my ability to stay warm when I went to Utah last week with my kids and it was generally 9 degrees all week.  I basically wore leggings with my normal Arizona clothes and put on a hoodie.  It was kind of freakish, actually.  I am noticeably warmer than a lot of people around me.  To the point that people would comment on it sometimes.  So you have that to look forward to: out-warming the people around you in cold weather.  It’s invigorating!

So that’s it!  See you in warm-hands-and-feet land.  I cannot wait to see how we all do!