Mid-century semi-starvation experiment of 1500 calories a day resulted in these symptoms:
1. Significant increases in depression and severe emotional distress
2. Hysteria (an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, irrationality, weeping, violent emotional outbreaks)
4. Participants exhibited a preoccupation with food, both during the starvation period and the rehabilitation phase.
5. Sexual interest was drastically reduced
6. Signs of social withdrawal and isolation
7. Decline in concentration, comprehension and judgment capabilities.
8. There were marked declines in physiological processes indicative of decreases in each subject’s basal metabolic rate (the energy required by the body in a state of rest), reflected in reduced body temperature, respiration and heart rate.
9. Some of the subjects exhibited edema (water retention) in their extremities, presumably due to decreased levels of plasma proteins given that the body’s ability to construct key proteins like albumin is based on available energy sources.
In other words the symptoms of semi-starvation are the EXACT complaints I hear from women daily:
"I feel easily stressed, have brain fog, obsessed about health and food, low libido, temperature and pulse are off, poor sleep, self-conscious and tendency to isolate, and have bloating and muscle loss and low energy"
The vast majority of women I speak suffering from these ailments are also doing cyclical dieting, cutting carbs or calories and have a general fear of food and are focused on restriction, and weight gain or appearance versus nourishment.
What’s the best thing you can do for healing your anxiety, insomnia, gut issues, brain fog and general hormone imbalances?
Provide your body with energy!
Eat well. Eat regularly. Eat consistently. Eat what makes you feel good. And eat ENOUGH.
Eating enough nutrient dense calories, that you can digest and that provide your body with energy is the ONLY way to heal hormonal issues sustainably.
If you want a sharp mind, strong muscles, high resilience to stress, you need LOTS of energy to get there.
The faster our metabolism works, the higher our energy needs are.
So, if you want your metabolism to work more efficiently, and your brain to work better and your muscles to be stronger, does it really make sense to restrict the energy needed to make that happen?
Nope. It makes sense to cut out the junk that keeps your body from burning fuel the way it wants to and give it more of the nutrients it needs, without restriction.
A few of the major things that make our body more efficient at using energy properly:
🖤eliminating processed foods full of gums like carrageenan and and inflammatory oils, like canola oil and seed oils.
🖤Eating more saturated fats like coconut oil and grass fed butter. Try supplementing REFINED coconut oil daily on top of using it in cooking
🖤Getting environmental estrogens out of your products and home (limit your product usage; you don't need 1/2 the things you're using, I promise you)
🖤Eating enough of the right carbs for you (I personally don't sleep well or feel strong with less than 160 grams on average)
🖤Getting more sleep and sunlight and reducing stress in your life (you can't heal if you're not able to shut off the stress response and sleep through the night)
🖤Get enough salt (essential for proper hydration)