Diet Recovery 2 - Matt Stone
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Just finished the first half of Matt Stone's Diet Recovery 2 and it IS as unbelievable as I thought yesterday but hopefully valid.
The theory is, many people, especially dieters have broken metabolisms which he blames for a multitude of ills like weight gain, constipation, insomnia, low energy, low sex drive, amenorrhea, infertility, high cholesterol and heart disease, cancer.
In order to mend your diet wrecked metabolism, he suggests, Rest (proper sleep and generally taking it easy) and Refeeding which is more or less, free eating (including junk food because of it's dense caloric value), in some cases doubling or even tripling your carb and calorie intake. It's actually like Intitive eating (which I love) with the science attached.
It's funny because that's essentially what I've been doing since the surgery. Its a great time for me to try this out because cutting open my feet like they did is the ONLY way you are going to get me to REST while eating inuitively or any other way..
"If you are just coming off of a lifelong joyless eating regime you might, for a while, just want to go berserk eating the junkiest diet you can get your hands on. That’s quite alright. You might not feel your best, but ultimately doing so will neutralize those foods you’ve demonized and allow you to choose healthier foods for no other reason than they taste better and you like how they make you feel –the essence of having achieved full diet recovery. "
He then goes on to say:
"Considering all of this, what is healthy eating? Healthy eating, for a recovering chronic dieter, from a long-term sustainable standpoint once you’ve achieved the basic physiological competencies of healthy function (daily bowel movements without straining, normal body temperature, normal sex drive, ability to sleep through the night without waking, stable mood, steady energy levels, no major health problems, etc.), can be boiled down to just a few basic principles…
1) Eat complete “square” meals at regular mealtimes consistently, and include snacks if you get hungry or cold in the hands and feet in between meals
2) Eat enough to feel full and satisfied but no more or no less
3) Eat the proportions of foods that feel most appealing at any given meal, such as salty foods, meats, broth/ gelatin, dairy products, vegetables, sweet foods, raw foods, starches, etc.
4) Pay attention to basic biofeedback (body warmth/ temperature in particular) to make minor changes in your daily eating habits and proportion of various types of foods
5) Eat predominantly nutritious foods as the base of your diet, with unlimited freedom to eat supplemental non-nutritive “junk” foods as desired
6) Drink fluids when thirsty, and to satisfy thirst (not to get warm, or take in more nutrients i.e. juicing, or any motivations other than thirst)
7) Eat a high ratio of saturated to polyunsaturated fats"
One of the main things I like about the author is that he is very honest about the ebb and flow of nutritional information and that no one, not even he can be certain about the absolute in this science. He says "If you are not confused about health and nutrition then you havent studied it long enough." and HE is extremely educated. Nice to hear that admission when there are so many "militant" diet gurus out there.
I think it's a great book filled with tons of infomation which I have only scratched the surface of. Incredibly inexpensive Kindle version for the wealth of information it contains. He has another book which further explains the eating part his metabolism repair protocol called Eat For Heat. It is next on my list.