I wake up and eat and try to eat until I'm full. Nothing is off limits. Carbs, sugar, BACON, potatoes, whatever. And make sure it's good and salty and/or sweet. I tell you, this "freedom" style of approaching eating doesn't feel so free at first.
"What? You mean, I should eat those starchy high glycemic index hashbrowns? AND the bacon ... and pancakes and eggs if I want??? Ummmm .... can I still have my smoothie? Yes!!!?"
Yeah, I know. Scary stuff. It's so difficult to wrap my head around after years of low-carbing, low fat, low sugar, no wheat. Apparently I've broken my metabolism.
I'm sorry Metabolism. If I had only known, I wouldn't have been such a bitch to you.
So, now I get to eat my face off (which I'm finding to be so difficult - first of all, because eating more means having to prepare more food, gah! Eyeball roll.) and I need to actually LISTEN TO MY BODY. Biofeedback, if you need a fancier term for it. When I'm hungry, guess what? I eat. And I eat what I feel like eating. Truth be told, I'm trying not to over do it - less is more, you know. But wait! Not in this "diet". More is more. Your body gets to be the one to say whoa.
And the other crazy thing is that I only get to drink WHEN I'M ACTUALLY THIRSTY. None of this sipping tea/coffee to stay warm, or out of addiction. None of the smoothies at all hours of the day (sob). I should drink when my body says, "hey! Can I get a beverage over here?"
And then there's all of this craziness about how sugar is not bad for you, and how we should be eating MORE salt. What? I tell you, my head spins all the way around, reverses and spins all the way back when I try to process it all at once.
Oh, and "throw away your scale" they say. That number on there is stoopid - so stoopid it doesn't even deserve the proper spelling of the word stoopid. Well, I wish I would have thrown mine away. In the past, let's say 6 weeks or so, of feebly starting to experiment with these principals I've gained somewhere between 5 and 10 lbs, and most of that was in the very beginning. Yikes! My pants are all tighter and I'm squishier. I have to give myself a pep talk every once in awhile as a reminder that I'm taking one for the team. My poor body is so petrified that I'm going to stop feeding it again that it's glaumed onto every little bit of food I've thrown at it. The good news? The weight gain has slowed, or maybe even stopped! Hallelujah. I'm still eating as much as I can when I feel hungry and snacking in between. The theory is that once my body is confident I won't be starving it anymore, it'll let go of the weight. My core body temperature will be good and high, meaning my metabolism will be happy. Yay, for a happy metabolism.
So, this is my story, so far. Other than the initial weight gain, I've seen dramatic improvements in how my body handles the whole fluid exchange thing, and my hands and feet are generally warmer. So, things are happening in a good way.
Where did I find this crazy new-fangled, eat all of the food, diet? Matt Stone. I stumbled across him one day when the all mighty light bulb came on in my brain as to why I was slowly gaining weight and never able to lose it. The scale was just creeping up, up, up at a snail's pace, alarming me only because no matter how much effort I put into it, nothing was coming off. Blah! So, the Light Bulb: Hey Julie, maybe you need to eat more food. Haha, Light Bulb, you're so funny. You should do stand up.
But, I figured maybe Light Bulb was on to something. I had read a few blogs about Matt's research and I came across a free version of one of his books (he puts them up free from time to time), Diet Recovery. And after that, I bought another of his books, Eat For Heat (on sale right now). Currently, I'm taking in Diet Recovery 2, which is free on amazon until February 5th. Apparently he's giving different titles away all month, so sign up for his newsletter if you want to stay in the loop.
You may be thinking that this is just a fad - and to tell you the truth, I haven't made up my mind about that. Honestly, though, it's no crazier than any other of the diets out there - it's just that it is pretty much the complete opposite of everything you've ever learned about dieting. Eat the food! Just based on the hilarity of that thought, I wanted to try it. That, and, well, nothing else is working. I am my own science experiment.
Shall I keep you posted on my findings?
SEE Part 2 of this exciting adventure - in which I get thicker - in this post.