Actually, this is the 1 month and 1-week update to my “Turn Up the Heat” experiment, where I am using ideas from the Diet Recovery 2 book as an attempt to increase my body temperature. I outlined the strategies I would use in the post My Plan for the “Turn Up the Heat” Experiment.
- Drink LESS water, tea and coffee.
- Eat less chicken and pork (PUFA). Eat more beef and lamb (Saturated Fat).
- More cheese. No Nuts/Seeds. (Diet Recovery 2 lists cheese as the #1 warming food)
- Cook stews with less liquid or use coconut milk.
- Since I’ll be eating more red meat, continue with the weekly beef bone broth. Also supplement with gelatin.
- Eat more salt. (see Brian’s comment for ideas)
- More calm time. If higher body temps causes calmness, then the opposite is likely true. Relax to warm up. See this story on monks meditating to increase their temperature.
- More carbs. Not a problem for me. I regularly consume rice and potatoes. Wheat is still evil.
- Eat carbs upon waking. This will be a huge change for me.
- Eat popcorn for salty snack.
With the exception of #9, I have been very good about the items on the list. Because I must eat before going to sleep or else I’ll wake in the middle of the night hungry, I really don’t want to eat first thing in the morning. In one interview, Matt Stone talked about a 12-hour eating window. For me, that means my first meal should be at 10 AM, not at 6 AM when I wake up. Not sure which rule is most important, but I really don’t want an 18-hour eating window. (UPDATE: I meant to say 16-hour eating window – 6 AM to 10 PM)
Cheese by Anne Hornyak
Anyway, my body temperature is EXACTLY THE SAME. This means that either I didn’t follow the advice strictly enough or I need to follow the protocol longer. Another possibility is maybe my body type doesn’t want to be warmer or as Richard Nikoley said, this might be a “parlor trick“.
With the exception of #9, I’m going to continue with the experiment, because they are all still sound ideas. My guess is 20 years of caffeine abuse is probably going to take a while to overcome. Even if it doesn’t help with body temperature, I am confident it will reduce my headaches. My coffee consumption is already down 35% in April from March. My plan is to continue lowering coffee levels as the weather improves.