Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2004 12:41 pm Post subject: help! I'm starving all the time!
So, I've decided to stop eating meat, for health reasons (all the medical studies are pretty convincing). But I'm hungry all the time. I have to literally eat every hour in order to stay more or less functional. When I try to stuff myself with vegetarian food - deliberately try to overeat, that is - I feel "stuffed" for a short while, and then I'm hungry again, an hour or two later. Is this common? Am I eating the wrong things? I really don't want to slow down my metabolism, or to starve myself to emaciation (I'm fairly slim as it is) - what should I do?
You might want to try eating more calorie-dense foods, such as nuts and seeds and nut butters, avocados, soy foods (such as tofu, soymilk, and soy yogurt), salads with olive oil-based dressings, etc. Smoothies are another way to get more calories without filling up too fast. In addition, eating more whole grains and legumes (i.e. beans) may help you feel satisfied for longer.
Feel free to send me a private message if you want to discuss your specific diet.
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Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:12 pm Post subject:
I think potatoes are also good and filling foods! I like the 'yukon gold' potatoes. They are creamier than russet potatoes. In fact, I'll sometimes eat them plain with just a bit of salt, or with baked beans.
If you are okay with microwaves, potatoes are so easy to make that way! Just poke some air holes, and cook... my microwave even has a potato button..
My other trick is: I always have a luna bar with me! It is a vegan energy bar by the same people that make Clif bars. Great for a pinch when I suddenly feel hungry and I need something to tide me over.
Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:43 am Post subject: too many meals?
I my opinion, there's absolutely nothing wrong with eating something every couple of hours (or every hour, if necessary)!
Several years ago, I lost 95+ pounds, and a BIG part of my success was having many small "meals" throughout the day. Having more (but smaller!) meals keeps the blood sugar more level, and your digestive process also keeps your metabolism going (it takes calories to digest the food you eat).
As was mentioned, rice, potatoes, and pasta are good "fill you up" foods. Don't forget those "good" fats like nuts, nut butters, avocados, etc.
if you have late night food cravings like me, keep a jar of pickles around.
keep zero snack food in the house. my inhibitions are lowered when i wake up at 3, 4 in the morning hungry as a mule, and i will shred through any "easy" snack food like it was...well, a snack food
eating small snacks frequently is great for you, keep a lot of fruit around
glad to hear you added beans. if you REALLY want to get something that will fill you up for a reliable period, find yourself some quinoa
also, oatmeal is one of my favorite snacks and it keeps you full for a while.
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