One thing we love about blogging is learning new things. We love how you (our readers) are always sharing things that you find with us. Many of you give us websites to check out, products to look into and books to read.
After many of you told us about Matt Stone’s Eat for Heat book, we decided to buy it. We mentioned in our metabolism video that we just started reading the book, well Michelle was able to finish reading it on the plane yesterday.
So what do we think?
If you just google eat for heat you can find a lot of others sharing their opinions on Matt Stone’s book. And many of you mentioned some of the things he says is a little extreme or out there so to speak.
Well it is true. After going over the book together we noticed we were nodding our heads in agreement with somethings and other times our eyes got big and we would think ‘what the hell’
Things covered in the book:
- warming and cooling foods
- meal times
- plus a few other topics
We already were aware of water, warming and cooling foods, meal times and exercise in regards to metabolism and general health. We know a little about salt, so that part was interesting to us. Not really sure how much we believe you should have of salt, but some of his ideas behind taking salt did make us think twice about it.
Matt mentioned a few times about being aware of the changes in your body and make adjustments, which we would agree. This is what we are doing with our eats, exercise and lifestyle. We all have our own personal rhythms and different things will help us get balanced just as he mentioned in the book. The point is to start learning your body, pay attention to your feelings, body temperature, mood, appetite, thirst, etc.
Matt is a big fan of saturated fats, so are we. We love our fats. Again this is a personal issue, so find where you feel comfortable with fats. We all have different views of what are healthy fats. Just make sure they are working for you, not against you.
We liked his approach related to diet in getting more balanced meals. Looking for meals that have some cooling and warming effects. And then after eating, see if you got cold or hot. Make adjustments if needed. We don’t agree with everything he said relating to diet, but he does mention to listen to your body and to remember you can overdo things! This is something we have learned the hard way many times…diving into something too quickly.
Please take things slow. Make small changes. Adjust as you go along learning what works for your body.
Matt had a section about circadiam rhythms which we found to be interesting. To sum it up in a few words – we all have different peaks during the day and the goal is to become more stable throughout the whole day. So he recommends tweaking your food and drink intake based upon your personal rhythms. Matt says the best indicator is to note what time of day do your feet get cold.
Some of us will be warming in the first part of the day and others at the end of the day.
The goal is not to feel drowsy during the day, so need to adjust cooling and warming foods/drinks to help find balance.
Another thing we agreed with is he mentioned -don’t follow everything he says verbatim. Just like we have mentioned many times, you have to find what works for your body because you are the only one who knows how you feel. People with low metabolism will do different things than someone who has a strong metabolism. Plus there are other varying factors to take in, but you get the point.
Learn your body.
Be more aware of changes in your body.
Adjust as your go.
Don’t stress too much about this and that. Close your eyes and listen to your body. What is it telling you? You might have to do this a few times throughout the day. Make notes. Look for patterns.
And remember as your body changes, your food and fluid intake will change too. As your metabolism gets better different things will need to be changed to keep up with your body changing. So don’t get stuck on one way of doing things. As your life changes, your body changes therefore your diet and lifestyle need to change too.
One last point to cover of Eat for Heat is exercise. Matt wrote, “It’s also important to know that you don’t have to really do much hard exercise to make significant changes to your physique – or at least to get the hormonal benefits from it….you can get stronger, faster, and more in-shape doing very little.”
You all know that we love shorter workouts. Check out our workout videos to see what we like to do. We will have to write up another post about this as we can talk about it for awhile.
Our general thoughts about Matt’s Eat for Heat book :
- we are going to be more aware of when we get hot and cold
- play around with our fluid intake
- keep finding the right balance of macros at each meal
- add sea salt to some of our meals
- keep our workouts fun and different
- listen to our bodies and make changes when needed
- and no stressing!
Twins Question: Have you read Matt Stone’s Eat for Heat book? Do you notice yourself getting hot or cold at different times of the day? What do you think about salt?
till next time,