Eat for Heat: Water You Thinking?!

If you know even a little bit about me, you know that I am pretty much in love with Matt Stone’s writings.  (You also probably know that my husband is quite funny.  He is the one we can thank for the title of this post!)

Matt basically gave me my health back, after I messed it up pretty bad going low carb, and before that low fat, and before that, low cal, and so on.  Do you see a pattern there?

Fortunately for me, and for you, there is a complementary ebook to help us hone the concepts we learned in Diet Recovery.  It’s called Eat for Heat and the Kindle version is on super sale right now!  Take advantage!  After that it will go back to it’s usual price of $19.95!

Why should you get Eat for Heat?

  • If you loved Matt’s ebook Diet Recovery.
  • If you want to know why body fluid balance matters.  (Hint: It does.)
  • If you have chronically cold hands and feet.
  • If you have a low temperature, especially in the morning or under stress.
  • If you loved Diet Recovery, but you need more specifics on how to implement those practices into your daily routine and eating.
  • If you want to have a better metabolism.
  • If you are a health nerd.  (Raise your hand.  Admit it!)
  • If you think Matt is funny.
  • If your pee is always clear.
  • If you wake up to pee in the middle of the night.
  • If you blindly believe that you should be drinking 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day.
  • If you want to sleep more soundly.
  • If you want to retain youthful energy, moist skin, and put off metabolic deterioration as long as possible.
  • If you want to balance your hormones naturally, from the root of the problem.
  • If you want to feel better.  (Seriously, raise your hand this time for real.)

Matt sums up what Eat for Heat is all about:

The concept is extremely simple.  The net sum of the food and beverages we consume can either concentrate or dilute our body fluids.  Eat for Heat discusses simple principles on how to make minor changes to your meals and drinking habits to keep your body in a better metabolic “zone” all day every day.  It’s a tactic that can be applied to any dietary belief system, and can even yield tremendous health benefits to those eating just a regular Western diet.  Everyone can benefit from the simple concept put forth in Eat for Heat.

I’m not writing about Eat for Heat because it’s neat, or because it’s funny (even though it is both of those things).  I’m writing about Eat for Heat because this is not only the kind of thing that makes sense to me on a deep, visceral level, but it also works better than anything I have tried.  Perhaps it seems strange that something like playing with your fluid intake can make such a difference, but it’s true.


When I started playing with this idea, my waking temperature was at about 97 degrees and I was constantly tired.  People around me tended to downplay my chronic sleepiness, joking that it was because I have small children.  But I am pretty intuitive, and I know the difference between being sleep deprived and getting poor quality sleep.

It didn’t matter how much I slept, I was still always tired.  As in, wanting to take naps and not having energy to run around with my kids or to feel excited about going to the gym, hiking, walking, or anything else like that.

Little did I know that I was overdrinking, eating certain foods at inopportune times of day, and basically ignoring my body’s cues with food and sleep.  The real reason I love Matt Stone’s books?: They are validating.  I get permission to listen to what I was already knowing to be true deep down.


I was drinking 8 glasses of water a day because I had heard I was supposed to, not because I was thirsty.  I was eating low carb because I had heard that it would help me lose weight and feel better, not because carbs didn’t sound appetizing to me.  And way back when, I used to eat low fat because I had heard that fat was bad for you, not because I was satiated from eating enough good fats and naturally curbed my consumption.

In short, I trusted other people more than myself.  I got so lost in information, diets, new discoveries, and health books that I couldn’t hear my own body saying “Eat some butter!  Have a sandwich!  Drink something with substance!”

And that’s the beauty of Eat for Heat: it gets you back to trusting yourself.  It gives you a pat on the back as you reclaim your bodily knowledge.  In a way, it’s not a piece of cake.  The concept is simple, but implementing it after a life of drinking too much water can be a challenge.

But I feel so much better!  And I don’t just listen to these health “rules” anymore.  I listen to me!  Click here to grab a copy of Eat For Heat, and see how you can improve your metabolism, temperature, and burn your way to toasty fingers, toes, and vitality!

Eat for Heat is also a part of the 180 Degree Health Platinum Collection, which not only includes everything you need to start addressing your health, but is 50% off through the end of December!  Click here to grab the collection for less than $50 instead of the usual $100!

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  1. Wonderful post as always. I’m loving EFH too! It is tough to find the right balance, though. Some days I’m almost too hot (my hands are almost puffy). Then the next I’m ice cold. It’s hard to figure out when I need more salt/less fluid and vice versa.

    I am really honing in on my body’s cues lately. It’s amazing how much I learned now that I don’t try to follow anyone else’s diet/rules. I listen to my body. I’ll have a few days where I want all raw/fresh food. And then I’ll have a few days where I want tons of salt and butter. Sometimes I want to eat bread, bread and more bread. Then I’ll have days that are almost totally grain free without even realizing it. But I wouldn’t be able to do that if I wasn’t listening to my body and was trying to stick to some rules.

    If nothing else Matt Stone’s books set you free from any kind of diets or rules.

    • Word. It’s really so freeing to just start listening to what your body is saying. I still have a lot of mind chatter that I need to hush in order to hear myself. I’m in Utah right now and I’m wearing skirts in 30 degree weather without much trouble. Had a grilled cheese today that made me burn like the sun!

  2. I have to say, I’m a bit confused as to how you reconcile Matt Stone’s suggestions of eating high carb, junk food, processed food, etc and the real food diet of the Weston Price foundation. I get that you could use the basic strategy of Eat for Heat with whatever food you want, but it still seems like Matt is really pushing sugar and starch, which doesn’t make sense to me, especially in a culture where these are the two things most people are overeating, leading to a host of health issues.

    • Sugar and starch aren’t bad for you. Having a metabolism that cannot process sugar and starch is bad for you. Reading Eat for Heat and Diet Recovery, and reading Matt’s stuff in general has really illuminated that for me.

  3. Shereen, I have to respectfully disagree with your assessment of his book. While I have only just started this book, I just finished Diet Recovery, and he praises the Weston Price diet and says wholesome eating is the only way to be successful at what he lays out. He just says don’t throw the baby out with the bath water so to speak, which is a realistic way to be successful in any diet, but never encourages the reader to eat junk. And as Kendahl stated, starch and sugars are not the problem, an ineffective metabolism is. Just thought I’d add my two cents and if you’ve already read this or his other book to reread it BC his message may have gotten lost…

  4. I have a couple questions: I’m still breastfeeding and have always thought I need to drink a lot of water to keep my supply up. What are your thoughts on following EFH while breastfeeding? Also, I was just diagnosed with hashimoto’s and I’ve come across several recommendations for the paleo diet in helping to heal. Should I wait to try EFH until my gut and thyroid issues are healed?

    • I can’t give specific medical advice, but this is what I think about the EFH approach in general: I think that EFH gets to the root of thyroid and gut issues better than paleo does. Inflammatory responses to foods like gluten and starch seems to stem from metabolic issues, the root of food sensitivity in the vast majority of people.

      As for breastfeeding, I think that drinking a lot of water is not the best advice (even though we hear it and give it all the time). If you do drink a lot of fluids, make sure they have a little sugar and salt in them. I like half-juice-half-water with a generous pinch of salt to quench thirst and keep hydration up. But even then, I find that drinking when I am thirsty is always best.

      • Thanks for your thoughts. I bought the toadally primal book bundle and plan to read Eat For Heat to find out more about it!

  5. I am so glad I found your website through Cheeseslave! I have constantly been cold and just started taking my temp which is usually 96.6 in the morning and 97.7 in the afternoon. I need to raise my temp and stop being tired all the time. I haven’t been tested for thyroid issues but would like to look at diet first. Do you recommend EFH as a first step in dealing with this or Diet Recovery 2? I’m not sure what the differences are between the two. Thanks so much for your blog and advice!

  6. Did you lose any weight with the Eat for Heat approach? I just got an ebook bundle with both of his books in it, but I read Eat for Heat first since it sounded like what I’ve been experiencing. I’ve done it all trying to lose weight…Perfect Health Diet, Paleo, Low Carb, Zero Carb. I can lose weight on low or zero carb, but then of course my period stops, etc. Now I’m 7 months post partum and don’t know which end is up hormonally. I think my body has stopped producing progesterone. I’m cold all the time. I have anxiety and panic attacks. And I drink like a camel….my husband says I must have two humps with as much as I drink lol. Anyways, thanks for your opinion. His arguments make sense, but I’d like to hear from someone who has actually tried it.

  7. Breastfeeding with Hashimoto’s here too! Currently having pizza and small sips of a Coke (instead of just downing water!) and my hands and feet: toasty warm.

    I just finished EFH and I must say, I find Matt’s writing so refreshing. He’s also funny and handsome and I might have a bit of a “health nerd” boner for him. 😛

    Matt’s Dist recovery was also an eye opening book for me and since then I’ve been aware of my body temp and trying to incorporate more starches after failing miserably at “Primal” 30 day challenge. I actually became sick at one point and worried I’d crash my car from random dizzy spells. Not to mention not wanting to eat and/or enjoy half the food I was supposed to love. It’s just another “restriction” diet and sad to sad, same with Western Price foundation. I do agree that our animals need to be treated better and eat GRASS so they aren’t sick, keep nasty pesticides and GMOs away from our diets not to mention those horrible PUFA oils. Unfortunately for most people, ditching that stuff entirely is not finally possible and it still feels like a “restriction” under yet another guise. Seems to miss the simple message of what Matt is trying to portray?!

    I’m currently 100 pounds overweight and climbing after I stupidly thought my metabolism was better and I could stop taking my natural desiccated thyroid hormones. After not taking them for a month, it sent me into a nasty hypo tailspin with an additional 5 pounds. ? I’m praying that EFH helps and am temping 2-3 times a day.

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