Contents (of Journalled Fads):
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♣ First fad: Women who Eat A Ton without gaining (E.A.T), Pages 1 - 26.
♣ Second fad: Restoring body temperature (R.B.T), Pages 27 - 47.
♣ Third Fad: Fuck the Fads, Pages 48 - Current.
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First fad: Women who Eat A Ton without gaining (EAT)
My latest fad is inspired by the [URL="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread79235.html"]"Women who eat a ton without gaining"[/URL] thread. I'm experimenting with what happens if I eat circa 3K calls a day.
[U][B]The background:[/B] [/U]
After a life of ED and 13 years of yo-yoing weight, I've had enough.
People here keep saying that EDs can be caused by nutritional deficiencies. I don't know if it can be pinned on that, but it's the only approach I haven't tried. And it's not like I've led the healthiest life.
I stopped exercising when I was 16, and was seriously unfit for most of my twenties. I spent about ten years partying, boozing, smoking way too much dope, and taking drugs. I have a long history of under-eating / binging on junk. I have had chronic insomnia for 9 years. I get incredibly stressed and depressed. I was vegetarian for eight years, vegan for one, and lived on cereal for a lot of my life.
I can only presume these things have impacted my physical health in ways I don't understand. Could my ED be part of a vicious cycle of ignoring strong messages my body sends me? Have I damaged my metabolism by years of chronic under eating, binging and purging?
[I][B]What would happen if I bathed my body in nutrients, got tons of sleep, exercised right for me, and treated myself as though I'm healing from an illness?[/B][/I]
It feels like the only approach I haven't tried.
I'm trying not to focus on weight here - I know I can lose weight easily, but dropping calories is not sustainable long term. I'm hoping that this will reset my metabolism to eat a higher volume of food.
Basically follow [URL="http://www.180degreehealth.com/uploads/eBooks/Rrarf.pdf"]Matt Stone's refeeding diet[/URL]:
*Eat at least 3k cal a day of unrefined foods. High in carbs, fat and protein.
*Stone says not to do any exercise, but I don't feel that's right for me right now. I have lots of energy so I'm going to exercise when I want to. A range of physical activity: swimming, yoga, sprinting, cycling, walking, playing in my local playground. I believe variety is the key to good body composition for me. Plus I need variety or I get bored.
*Sleep and chill as much as possible.
*Body brushing twice a day. My circulation is shit. My feet and bum are perpetually cold, and I generally wear at least four layers of clothing. Body brushing should help with that.
*Start taking supplements. Alfalfa, Vit D, Calcium, Chromium.
I'm 5'8, and currently 133 lbs, which is about 10 lbs more than what I usually weigh. Since starting Primal I gained about 16 lbs - most of it in Dec-Jan (you can read how here [URL="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread79235-32.html"]here[/URL]), and in the last few weeks I lost 7 of those lbs without noticing.
From here on in I'll:
- Weigh and measure myself once a week.
- Take my basal body temp every morning (for my reference: converter [URL="http://www.metric-conversions.org/temperature/celsius-to-fahrenheit.htm"]Celsius to Fahrenheiht [/URL])... Once I buy a thermometer!
- Track my calories... vaguely.
A fusion of Paleo and Ray Peat, with some anti-orthorexia Matt Stone thrown in. Heavier on meat than Peat would advise, and including pure refined sugar, which Paleo considers the devil, but Peat believes is a good supplement for thyroid. Bone broth, white potatoes, sea food, red meat (lamb and beef), eggs, any fruit and veg I want (a lot of mangos, nectarines, bananas, carrots), white sugar (in my tea), coconut (water and oil) and olive oil. And rice because I love it so :) Minimal dairy: a bit of low fat milk (Ray Peat) in my tea and coffee, occasional yogurt, maybe a tiny bit of cheese sometimes.
I've had a lot of successes with changing my diet, so I'm hopeful at the outset. At any rate, it will be interesting to see what my real metabolism is, as I have no idea any more. (I come from a family of lean people, but half of us have eating disorders...!)
If this experiment can cure an ED and allow me to be my natural body weight it will be a bonus. No, it will feel like a miracle.