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I Need to Gain Some Weight: Part 2 of 3

Robyn Openshaw - Dec 15, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

But some of the uber-thin are actually not digesting food and are quite unhealthy. They might be eating as much junk as the overweight people are, but because of chronic gut issues, they are not absorbing nutrition—not even calories, but certainly not minerals and many vitamins as well.

Last week after a tennis match, both my doubles opponents wanted to ask me questions while my teammates waited in the car. One of them told me about her daughter-in-law, who is in her 20’s, but exhausted, pale, sick, and underweight. She has open, pus-oozing sores all over her head that are stuck to her pillow in the morning. My opponent said to me, “She’s trying to heal with steroids–luckily her father is a doctor.”

I withheld my opinion on most of that, but I did say, “Steroids heal exactly nothing. What they do is suppress some symptoms, only temporarily, while knocking out the immune system.”

If you want to gain weight, eat healthy, exactly like I’m teaching in 12 Steps, with an emphasis on higher-calorie whole foods. Not dead, denatured, refined-oil,   If you want to boost protein, do it with vegan protein powder, and high-protein unprocessed plant foods like legumes and nuts rather than animal products like meat, eggs, and cheese.

Boost your good fats, with avocadoes, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed oils like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, flax crackers (Ch. 7), etc. Avocadoes might be nature’s most perfect food, so eat 2-3 a day if you want, as guacamole or in sandwiches. Eat lots of young Thai coconut meat–make it into pudding, smoothies, chocolate mousse, ice cream. Make yourself a 4th meal, between breakfast and lunch, or after dinner, that is a high-calorie protein shake with lots of almond butter and raw chocolate and frozen bananas! Make kefir or yogurt (Ch. 8) with whole, organic, preferably unpasteurized goat or dairy milk. Freeze it in ice cube trays and make frozen yogurt with it in your BlendTec. Eat a handful of Brazil nuts every day—great selenium as well as good fats and calories.

Don’t forget to eat a big bowl of GRANOLA for breakfast—I have a baked recipe as well as a live/sprouted recipe (both delicious, but the raw/live one is more time-intensive but the most delicious thing ever). If you make the baked one, add a big spoonful of raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds, soaked overnight.

Britni, do you have the 101 Healthy Lunches book? I love a baked potato (with the skin) with tons of garlic aioli sauce on it, yummy. Plus a big green smoothie, and put some flax oil in his. You can get plenty of calories without resorting to meat, dairy, or processed foods. There are coconut-milk frozen desserts (sweetened with agave) that your husband will love. Or you can make your own (see Ch. 11).

Of course, food isn’t the only issue when it comes to weight loss or gain. It’s the biggest one, but there are two other biggies. About that, tomorrow.

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Green Smoothies, Healthy Weight, Tools & Products, Whole Food

4 thoughts on “I Need to Gain Some Weight: Part 2 of 3”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Amen! Thanks so much Robyn! This is exactly the information I have been looking for, for my hubby whose only real aversion to eating healthy is that he’s afraid it will cause him to lose weight (like it has done for me). Thanks for you awesome information as always! I look forward to tomorrow’s post!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn! Hope all is well with you and yours. I not commenting directly on this post (I’m generally among the 70%). I did want to share a GS recipe that I’ve been drinking for a couple of days now. I recently saw an alternative medicine practitioner who recommended that I put spices into my smoothies to improve my circulation (my hands and feet are ALWAYS cold). On a tangental note, she also told me I was eating WAY too much raw foods and blamed my coldness on too much raw foods – she told me to cook the crap out of my dark greens :(. I pretty much let that recommendation roll right off me. Even if it’s true, raw foods do so much more for me that I’d take the cold extremeties. What’s your take on that? ANYWAYS back to the spicy smoothie – it turns out, it’s actually really tasty. I added to my standard green smoothie (chard, kale, water, half a banana, and some berries) almond butter, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, and 1 tsp cinnamon. So good!

    All my best –


  3. Anonymous says:

    I always add a liberal dash of cinnamon to my GS. It tastes great and I really do think it has helped my circulation. My hands and feet are no longer always cold. It’s nice!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      DeAndra, other things to try if you have cold extremities (I used to, don’t anymore)…..address a thyroid issue (with bioidentical hormone, kelp/dulse), and use coconut oil!

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