On my Kindle right now is Matt Stone’s Eat for Heat. Kendahl of Our Nourishing Roots (we’re friends ‘in real life’) has been advocating Matt’s stuff to me forever, I’ve been reading 180 Degree Health for a while now. I recently started putting some of the principals that he advocates into practice.
I don’t talk about Matt’s stuff much, because unlike GAPS, which is super structured, 180 Degree Health policy seems to be the only rules is that there are no rules so it’s vastly different from what I usually talk about here. But it’s fun to read about, and try implementing some of it.
I noticed recently that I was cold all the time and less of a morning person than I used to be, so I used some of the principals in Eat for Heat for the past 2 weeks and I’m back to normal now:
- Eat your biggest carby meals in the morning. I started making eggs and oatmeal or toast. Previously I had fallen into the habit of skipping breakfast. I eat until I’m full with breakfast, until I’m no longer hungry (slightly less than full) with lunch, and then I eat a pretty small dinner since I’m satisfied with the other two.
- Eat a light dinner- this totally works for me, since I’m tired by dinner time. So we have pretty low key dinners now. Our breakfasts are awesome, though (I love breakfast food, this kind of rocks)
- Limit fluids. I had already been doing this since we started Eastern medicine this past spring and our practitioner there advocated it.
- Eat a variety of foods- My body seems to like being a somewhat rotation diet. I’m not strict, but I usually just rotate grains now that I’m eating grains (wheat/corn/rice/oats- on GAPS you could do different carbs; squash, apples, bananas, etc) so I’m only eating the same thing two days in a row. I do the same with protein; sometimes eggs, sometimes chicken, sometimes dairy, sometimes beef.
I don’t do everything Matt Stone advocates at all, I more read through his ideas and see something that sparks my interest and try that a little bit. Or use the principals he talks about and apply them to foods that I’d rather eat. He talks about desserts often, and I just don’t have a sweet tooth after doing GAPS and I only make cookies or something sweet once a month. He has a lot of interesting ideas, especially if you’re a nutrition nerd like I am ~grin~.
You can read more about Eat for Heat here.