I agree with the comment regarding sugar-free and low fat foods. I gave these up as they are usually full of chemicals to make up for the lack of taste. I have LOST weight since switching to full-fat dairy. I also do not patronize McDonalds or Starbucks - I prefer real foods that are not teaming with all sorts of chemical additives and GMOs.
I am really sad to see Spark still pushing "reduced fat" and "fat free" options instead of regular foods. The crazy crap in those frakenfoods is NOT good for our bodies in any way, and eating LOTS of good, healthy fats is vital to our brain function, skin health, digestive track, etc.
Back when I wasn't paying attention at all to my diet I'd eat so much my stomach would hurt, and then an hour later I'd be hungry again and I couldn't figure out why. Knowing now that I'm insulin resistant (just found that out last year) and know some basics on how food works I realize that I was hungry so soon after eating because I was totally screwing up my blood sugar by eating a disgusting amount of carbs. By cutting carbs and adding a lot more vegetables and protein I can stay full a lot longer, and that's really nice!
You can fill your stomach all you want, but if your cells are hungry they will keep you grazing even when you're stuffed.
Carbs drive a horrible roller coaster of cellular hunger. The lower you go on useless sugar and starch the better you will feel and the less hunger of any kind you will experience. The low fat diet is a fad that has run its course - time to get back to the way nature made us to eat - dump the processed foods and eat fresh.
10/10/2013 3:42:01 PM
I used to eat salad every day for lunch, with fat free dressing. I'd be starving in no time. When I wised up and started using an olive oil based salad dressing, instead of fat-free, I was less hungry. The healthy fat in olive oil slows down the digestive process, and increases satiety. The fat-free dressings are nothing but fake ingredients with lots of sugar. I'll take olive oil any day.
for me anymore, satiety comes from flavors. I have this garlic chicken I make and I was really craving something yesterday, and nothing in the cabinets looked good.. I still had a piece of chicken leftover from Wed, and I heated that up along with some garlic pasta and some broccoli spears, and it really did the trick. After that, I was fine. I think I could have had anything else and I would have still had that "empty" feeling. I think I was just craving the flavor of the garlic.
One of the most filling but healthy snacks I have had is 100g cottage cheese mixed with 100g broccoli. I blended these together and added water to make a bit of a soup which I took to work, I couldn't even finish it in one sitting and had to slowly eat it through the day. I think it may be a tad too filling for me though.
I'm probably not reading it the way it was intended, but the statements about fat seem to contradict themselves.
One paragraph says fat is essential for staying healthy and provides flavor, texturd and satiety.
The very next paragraph gives tips on how to eliminate fat where you don't need it. How does one determine where they don't need it? As someone else mentioned, when fat is removed from a food, oftentimes the flavor is substituted with other ingredients such as salt or sugar.
I've learned to work fat into my diet. For instance, I prefer to cook with real butter because nothing compares to the taste. I also eat full fat peanut butter because it contains heart healthy fat. I also eat whole eggs a few times a week. *gasp*
I was perpetually hungry. I attributed this to having a family history of diabetes. It is said that a sign of pre-diabetes is being constantly hungry and thirsty. When I started working from home and was able to cut out all the preprocessed foods, “diet” foods, breads and fast foods to be replaced with raw vegetables along with vitamins and lots of water, the cravings went away. (Cooking and microwaving food seems to reduce this effect.) When I went on a business trip and was provided junk food, all the cravings came back and hung around for a good three days until clean eating was resumed.
Add chia seeds to a salad, smoothie or whatever you want! When they are exposed to liquid, they expand and give you the feeling of being full. Check out this excerpt:
Why is MySeeds Chia a dieter's dream food?
When the seed is exposed to liquid (water, juice, soda etc) the soluble fiber on the outside of the seed-shell is activated. Each seed grabs onto more than 9 times its own weight in liquid, & holds it there. The liquid isn't easy to remove so your body treats it like a food--keeping you full like a food! The liquid coating (seen above) is removed slowly in the intestines, where it helps hydrate you and keep your digestive system moving smoothly & easily.
3/14/2013 8:13:41 AM
I find that a long selection of planned healthy options for snacking helps me feel in control of my total daily plan. I choose from the list throughout the day or add foods for snacking from meals if I have "leftovers." For example, if I planned on an apple for lunch, I might add it to my other snack options and eat it mid-afternoon.
3/11/2013 10:04:29 AM
Herbal tea is a great way to help satisfy a need to eat and increase water consumption. One of my favorites is Celestial Seasoning's "True Blueberry" with some sweetener. It reminds me of blue berry pie!
I have a variety of herbal teas on hand and look forward to trying the different flavors so that I don't get bored. Herbal teas are a great way to stay hydrated and tide me over to the next meal!
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