>I notice I get cold very easily now. I used to be fine without a
>sweater when the temperature was over 65 degrees. But, now, when it
>dips below 75 degrees, I get cold! Is this a common problem when
>cutting out fat?
Yes, for a number of reasons. But first of all, other things can cause
sensitivity to cold too. If your gaining weight and feeling fatigued, the
thyroid may be underactive. Certain drugs, and other illnesses can
contribute, too. (read: think about seeing the Dr.)
Because this is a LF eating digest, I'll briefly focus on some diet related
causes that I understand:
-When we lose body fat, the natural insulation is gone. Body fat really
does keep us warm.
-If you are eating LF and low calorie, your body may be slowing it's
metabolism to preserve energy, using what's available to sustain your
To keep within the paramaters of the digest, you might try eating more
spicy foods, and also food/teas having ginger and cinnamon. Here's a
recipe I obtained in England where I was *always* chilled. Serve it warm
with a hot tea or coffee for dessert.
Kay's Mom's Teabread
12oz self rising flour (or normal flour with 1 to 11/2 tsp baking
12oz regular tea
2 egg whites or sub to equal 1egg
1lb chopped mixed fruit of raisins
generous shake of cinnamon
1/8 tsp each ginger and allspice
Soak the raisins or chopped dried fruit in the tea overnight. Stir in egg
whites, flour and spices when ready to bake.
Pour into a sprayed loaf pan, and bake at 350 F (Kay's Mom says 'gas mark
4!) for 1hr.
The fruit loaf is really sweet and moist with all the fruit, and has a
great sticky muffin consistancy. It seemed to be warming, soothing, and of
Sharon McCleave BSc(Hons)Ost, MRO