I thought I'd start a thread and share tidbits from her books, and if any of you are following Schwarzbein and want to share your experiences, please do!
I had found her books 3 1/2 years ago (probably due to the forums here, LOL!)
In the spring of 2008, I tried to do her program. I wasn't 100% perfect, but I was headed that way. At that time I noticed some things improving--the mental fog was better and although I didn't lose much inch-wise, I lost another size and got off a plateau I had been on for awhile.
Unfortunately, I got busy helping my mom get her house ready to sell and move her, and SP (for Schwarzbein Principle) fell by the wayside.
Over the next 2 years I had more stress hit my life (miscarriage, sick kids, losing grandparents and Mom within 8 months of each other). Now I'm ready to try to do it again, but I fully expect my transition will have some bumps this time. I'm not 100% sure where I fit, but adrenals burned out or close is probably me!
The Schwarzbein Principle II: The Transition is probably the most comprehensive of the books:
(The sample at Amazon gives you just a taste of the first chapter and only gives you the very first paragraph of her own story! Her story and that of others are interwoven throughout the book.)
The first book (The Schwarzbein Principle) is very informative and also tells her story of how she "discovered" all this.
The Transition gives you a lot of why with a lot of how!
The Program (the third book) outlines a typical program for several weeks. All three books give you menu plans and ideas. I would highly recommend you start with one of the first two books before just getting The Program.
Reading "Metabolic Aging" at the bottom of p. 4 and top of p. 5 is very helpful! (That is on Amazon)
Dr. S was a skinny girl who still had a damaged metabolism. Your size is not necessarily your indicator!
We started discussing SP on this thread:
That page is where we started talking about it and there are some quotes on there.
I'll be posting some quotes from The Transition and maybe her other books, too.
I guess this will be a "journey" of sorts, where I'm going to be accountable to how I'm doing. I've wanted to do this, but have been dragging my feet at figuring out what to eat!
I won't be perfect--I know that. I wasn't before, but still could tell it was helping. But I really believe, just like T-Tapp, that if I stay consistent, I will see results eventually! Dr. S. says it can take up to two years to heal your metabolism, depending how bad off you are to start! Her own journey took several years, but she was kind of figuring out some things as she went, and didn't fully understand it all until she was on "the other side".
On pp. 12-13 she has a wonderful short section called Understanding Your Metabolism. I don't want to quote the whole thing, but here are a few paragraphs to "chew on"!
"This combination of using up and rebuilding biochemicals is called regeneration. Think of it this way--every time you breathe, think, go for a walk, read a book, eat a meal, watch a movie or do any other activity during your day, you are using up biochemicals. Your body must then rebuild the same biochemicals so that you can engage in all your life activities again. What you use up you must replenish, and you get the materials you need to rebuild your biochemicals from the food you eat.
"The sum of these regeneration reactions, all the using-up reactions plus all the building-up reactions that are occurring, is what you know as your metabolism. You have an efficient metabolism if all of these chemical reactions are occurring on a continuous basis and you rebuild just as many biochemicals as you use up.
"Every system and funciton in the body is connected, so when these chemical reactions occur efficiently your metabolism runs efficiently, helping you reach your preset genetic age. When regeneration is not efficient (use is greater than rebuilding, or rebuilding occurs more than using up), premature disease and death occur because of accelerated metabolic aging."
(The Transition, pp. 12-13)
I confess right now that I am not off to a good start today! Homemade cocoa wheats are just NOT on the SP protocol!
But I'm going to sit down over the next few days and figure out a workable menu for me, as we go shopping this Thursday. Dh is interested in doing this too--now he is a beanpole, an active construction guy, BUT, he is noticing some "signs of aging" that might be reversed through this. We discussed last night how his serious accident 6 years ago likely did a major hit on his adrenals.
It sure helps when those in the household are willing to help!
If any of you have quotes you particularly found helpful, please feel free to share! I feel Dr. S is to the diet/eating what Teresa is to exercise/movement! Dr. S. is about BALANCE, not deprivation, and her mantra, which I LOVE is:
"You have to eat well to feel well, and you don't lose weight to get healthy--you get healthy to lose weight!"
Your "assignment": Write that out and paste it to your mirror...your computer...above the kitchen sink...until you have it memorized forwards and backwards!