Happy Spring! The kids and I had a wonderful day at the park with our homeschooling group. Perfect weather, nice friends, yummy food…
Speaking of food, a friend sent me a link for a free download of Matt Stone’s book “Diet for Recovery”. For those of you that don’t know, Matt advocates a healthier, higher carb lifestyle in order to boost body metabolism. I have been struggling a bit with this myself, as I do feel better at this point not eating grains, and I have been feeling pretty good eating low to moderate carb with moderate protein and high fat.
But I think a big part of the reason I haven’t dropped down to my pre-Pg weight is not getting enough calories. Not only have I been in school full time, working part-time, and taking care of three kids, I have been nursing a giant (100th percentile) 3 year old. Looking back, my metabolism must have been extremely low over the last winter, as I was nearly always fatigued. I cut wayyyy back on exercise, but didn’t have the energy to eat well, and eventually got stuck in the loop of cutting calories and feeling worse.
Well, I have decided to Rest and Aggressively Refeed as per Matt’s book, but I am going to see how it goes with lower carb (50-100 grams) and higher fat.
I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what I run well on at this point, my basal body temperature is 98.5 during my follicular phase and 98.9 during my luteal phase, and I am mostly walking for exercise with 2 strength sessions and 1-2 10 minute sprinting sessions and daily mild yoga. I also pay attention to when I am low and take breaks as necessary. For example, I have been lower energy than normal the last couple of days. So instead of pushing through, I have been enjoying watching more movies with my family and relaxing. I also know that tuesday/wednesday are my busiest days and tend to wipe me out for 24 hours. What I didn’t think about was that my system is still slightly fragile, and I pushed a bit too hard over the weekend (an extra Trouble Spots Jillian Michaels workout). But I definitely don’t want to burn out like I did before, so I am finding that balance between enhancing muscle tone and saving my adrenals.
Bottom line, you have to find what works for you, and that will change regularly. I like the original Atkins’ and Mark Sisson’s views on this.
All of this being said, it is challenging for me to eat the 2000+ calories that I need right now with my active lifestyle and nursing right now because of time cooking. That plus my sensitive boobies helped to decide to finally wean my almost 3 year old. I have been trying to hold on so that he can get all of the immune factors possible, but I need to get my body/health back.
This is my attempt to eat more calories on a high-fat, low to moderate carb, moderate protein “diet”:
2 natural hot dogs with ketchup and mustard
2 cream cheese jalapeno poppers with 3 slices bacon
2 homemade macaroons
tea with half and half
Cauliflower enchilada casserole (chicken, cheese, collards, sour cream, cream cheese)- large serving
Coconut cream with sour cream and strawberries
Slice of turkey meat
1 hour cleaning, 20 minutes Yoga
Emotionally I felt pretty good. Hopeful