The Carb Question
Saturday, August 26, 2017
My husband is a dedicated vegetarian. I cook dinner and typically we will have some sort of variation on grain bowls, beans & rice, lentil salads, baked potatoes, a vat of oatmeal, etc. And typically I have had not much sense of satiation, even when I know that I've consumed a lot of calories. Each evening, I have gone about like a maniac, snacking on peanut butter, bread, any sweet I might find, and crackers crackers crackers.
During the past 4 days I've done something different: Please read no more if you are a vegetarian: I've had a theory that eating a lot of carbs (for me--I am not generalizing) leaves me always wanting more. So for 4 days I've had chicken, pork, eggs, and beef for dinner (along with typical vegetables and salad).
The result? I have not done any evening snacking whatsoever! None at all.
Could it be that a carb dinner sets me up for sugar cravings and I spend the evening snacking on crackers?
Since I've gone back to animal protein, I've not had any cravings for crazy eating. My evenings are smooth and I don't even think of food.
But my husband, having had some serious strokes, must have his food prepared for him and I don't know if I can sustain a life with eating two dinners. FREUDIAN SLIP: I meant "preparing" not "eating"
Is it possible that we are different biologically or chemically? He weighs about 140 which is just where he was in high school. Carbs do not create cravings in him.
The ethical implications of eating meat are somewhat important to me. But I don't seem to have the strength to resist cravings.
Could it really be that a piece of chicken or pork can limit or remove my post-prandial cravings?