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Eat for Heat: The Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink Paperback – June 10, 2013
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About the Author
Matt Stone is the founder of 180DegreeHealth. He is an independent health researcher and author of more than 10 books, including multiple titles that have made it to #1 in their respective categories on Amazon. Most of his research has drawn him towards metabolic rate and how many basic functions (digestion, reproduction, aging, immunity, inflammation, mood, circulation, sleep) perform better when metabolic rate is optimized. He is most notable for his criticisms of extreme diets and exposing many false diet industry claims, as well as his works on raising metabolic rate through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. His views and findings are discussed exhaustively on the site and cataloged in many of Stone's books available for sale through Amazon.
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I can absolutely get on board with his increase metabolism approach, and think he's probably right on the mark as far as that being the cause or contributor to many modern health issues. I've heard other authors say the same thing. His stance on hydration gave me some pause, and I'm still a little wary of it. However, I myself, a couple of weeks ago had a dry mouth and yet was urinating every couple of hours. I couldn't figure out how that could be. He explains it in the book. So, I'm cutting down on my water intake and using salt when I do drink it. I've been eating a ton of extra calories to increase my metabolism, get some body weight back (after losing 10 pounds at least on Paleo), and trying to get my low body temp up.
I think one of the issues I have with Matt is in his presentation. He rarely cites specific studies or books (although he does have a bibliography at the end) so you are left wondering where he came up with that particular piece of info. Did he make it up? Did he find it somewhere else? We don't know.
I also have an issue with his love affair with sugar. This guy LOVES sugar. He actually recommends drinking a coke with your lunch (along with all the other carbs you may be eating) and says at one point in the book that, for some people, drinking 3 or 4 cokes in a day might be more healthful than drinking a gallon of water. Sorry, that's where I lose him. Yes, drinking a gallon of water is excessive, but drinking 3 or 4 cokes in a day is simply insane. All that sugar and acid is in no way healthy. He needs to spend more time convincing readers why such excess amounts of sugar aren't harmful, rather than pointing out how they are helpful (in the very short term).
And one of the biggest reservations I have about the sugar issue, is that in EVERY source I've read in the last 20 years, sugar is considered a stimulant and stresses the adrenals, similar to coffee. But Matt says it's exactly the opposite, that sugar and carbs actually calm the adrenals. He needs to spend some time proving that, rather than just saying it and expecting us to believe him. And quite possibly refined sugar could have a different effect on the adrenals than, say, white rice or oatmeal. He needs to address that.
I'll continue to keep my eye on his work, but I think he needs to get a little more scientific in his presentation to really win me, and probably others, over.
How did she get in this condition, she was living alone and seemed to be doing fine. Or was she?? About ten years ago she was shedding potassium and have troubles with her bowels, and high blood pressure. She starting eating foods in their natural state, raw broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, peas, rice and beans, raw nuts, yogurt, almond milk. Drinking water, juice, green tea and aloe juice, pomegranate and cranberry juice. She stayed away from refined foods, white flower, breads, sugar, salt. She thought she ate healthy. She has a battery of herbs and other things she would eat.
The hospital visit stabilized her immediate needs, brought up her electrolytes, took her off her blood pressure meds to see if the electrolytes were the cause of the blood pressure issue. She felt so much better when she left the hospital, but that was short lived. Her pain and suffering was an ongoing problem, she wanted to go to a sanitarium. She said this is the beginning of the end. I don't think so. I was trying to solve the latest problem and that was that she was sooooo cold. No matter how many baths she took she could not warm up. Last night I texted my sister and she said it must be low metabolism. So I started researching the situation, I had already determined the electrolyte imbalance was a problem, but why had it started in the first place. My sister said there was no information on line for an 80 year old woman, not so.
I got my hands on Eat for Heat!! The symptoms, knowing how she had been eating healthy all those years, knowing that the cells, salt and water were an issue relating to osmosis. I rushed through a good portion of the book last night to see what our next step. I believe getting her body temp up and reducing the fluids, (the ER doctor has her drinking Gatorade and broth, cooling foods) is a start. I placed food before her that she has not eaten in years (warming foods). We are watching her urine, already the urine incontinence is resolved. I understand his sample menu is an example and the okay to eat foods we have been warned against.
I am so happy to have direction on how to make my mom's life better. If this theory/opinion is spot on, mom may be on the road to recovery rather than the road the sanitarium. Let me tell you she thinks she is crazy in the head. I think she can be fixed.
to implement into your daily eating and, drinking schedule.
You will feel warmer. You will have more energy. You
will quit urinating every 15-30 minutes. You will thank Matt!
I came across Matt's blog 1.5 years ago. At that time I
spent my days on the couch. I was weak, dizzy, cold, and,
scared. I had trouble with short term memory, pressure and,
neurological pain in my head. I had been the rounds with
various medical professionals. I was steadily getting worse.
I began implementing Matt's ideas.
Today, I am off the couch! I am warm. I sleep through
the night. Rarely, do I wake up to urinate. If I do, I now
know why and, how to stop the problem. Before reading Matt,
I would wake up to urinate at least 5 times a night. Then at
4am be wide awake yet, exhausted. He fixed that too!
I am thankful Matt put all this into a book. I tend to
drink too often and, enjoy cooling foods. It is nice to have
this as a ready resource, as changing ones life long habits takes
Matt, if you are reading this enjoy the success of "Eat for Heat"
I am excited for you!